A war that can't be won Essay

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A War That Can’t Be Won Should the United States fight a war that can’t be won? The war against marijuana is a costly and inconvenient war that the United States seems to be losing. It started in 1915 when Utah passed the first law against marijuana and it is still going to this day. Recreational use of marijuana has been increasing and is easily accessible. The money that our government is spending on this fight against marijuana could be saved and instead of losing money the government could make money by taxing legal marijuana. A quote by an important president in our history, Abraham Lincoln, reflects my view on the prohibition of marijuana: “A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded… Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.” Both recreational and medical marijuana should be legalized. A report by Professor of Economics Jeffrey A. Miron of Harvard University stated the government could save $7.7 billion dollars a year if the prohibition of marijuana was replaced with a system of taxation and regulation. Around $2.7 billion dollars a year could be made off of tax revenues if marijuana was taxed the same as regular consumer goods. However, if marijuana was taxed the same as alcohol and tobacco it could make the United States around $6.2 billion every year. According to the Federation of American Scientists' Drug Policy, 60,000 individuals are behind bars for marijuana offenses at a cost to taxpayers of $1.2 billion per year. Instead of losing money on the prohibition of marijuana we should make money on the regulation and taxation of marijuana. If marijuana was regulated then it would be safer to use and an equivalent to alcohol or tobacco minus some negative side effects. It is

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