The use of marijuana should not be legalized in the United States. Currently, marijuana is second to alcohol as the leading cause of substance dependence. In fact, CNBC states that an estimated two-thirds of Americans suffer from substance dependence or abuse that involves marijuana. The article also asserts that, similar to how the legalization of gambling set the stage for a rise in illegal gambling, the legalization of marijuana use will increase the number of users and make way for illegal marijuana trafficking.
The use of marijuana should be legalized. Besides the fact that money and time spent on enforcing the prohibition of marijuana use is a waste of funds and resources, legalizing marijuana financially makes sense, writes Mark Stefanos of the LA Times. If legalized, the American marijuana injdustry would create tons of jobs and could grow to dominate the global marijuana market. Stefanos says that for a president who promotes American-based jobs, legalizing marijuana would provide employment and stregthen American consumerism.