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What do you think would be the consequences of the legalization of marijuana?
The legalization of marijuana has been a hotly contested topic in the US and other countries for a long time. This is because many people disagree on the effects it will have on communities and the country in general. Some people argue that it may encourage abuse and thus result in promotion of negative aspects. Some people argue that legalizing it would increase its impact on teens because fo corporations marketing to them (Bodkin). A significant number of citizens argue that legalizing marijuana would reduce its criminal impact.
Many scholars and members of the public argue that legalization of marijuana is beneficial for the community because of the increased revenue from taxation. This is based on the increased usage of the drug for recreational and medical purposes because of legalization. Marijuana is consumed by a lot of people for different purposes and legalizing it will provide a way for the government to benefit from the market. Currently, the market is highly regulated and sale of marijuana is not taxed resulting in lost revenue (Nitti). Legalizing it will provide a way for states to benefit from this large market and improve service delivery from the revenue.
The debate on the effect of marijuana legalization on the level of drug abuse in the US does not hold much. This is because legalization will include introduction of regulations to reduce marketing and sale to teenagers. The effect of marijuana on the level of drug abuse in the different states is unlikely to increase beyond the current levels under the current regime. It is highly likely that legalizing marijuana will improve regulation and reduce abuse.
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Bodkin, Lee. What are the real life consequences of legalizing marijuana? 2013. 13 Dec 2013…...

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