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Words @ War: Mary Benson

by Published: Feb 23, 2011

Drug legal­iza­tion in the United States will not hin­der our econ­omy, but allow for pros­per­ity and opportunity.

I won­der why the gov­ern­ment has not jumped the gun on legal­iz­ing all types of currently-banned drugs to increase tax rev­enue. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment busts many ille­gal drug acts that ulti­mately cost the taxpayers.

There are always sto­ries in the media about a grow house for mar­i­juana or a meth lab that was dis­cov­ered. These drugs already sur­round us and if you don’t want to be exposed, you don’t have to be. Everyone has that choice and I know the thought of legal­iz­ing drugs may scare us as it would be a leap in a direc­tion we are not famil­iar with. You just have to start think­ing about the possibilities.

Taxpayers help sup­ply the fund­ing for drug busts under cur­rent laws. Why not make the crim­i­nals pay for once? They can be the ones to pay to use the drugs instead of our tax dollars.

There obvi­ously will still need to be laws on the use and deal­ing of these drugs. The legal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana has already been taken into the hands of some states. Granted, this is sup­pos­edly for med­ical use, but let’s be real. It seems rather easy to access a med­ical mar­i­juana card. It is a work in progress, but in my opin­ion, it’s a step in the right direction.

I just think some peo­ple may be close-minded about the idea. I know I orig­i­nally was, but once I thought about it I started to con­sider it dif­fer­ently. I don’t hear about a lot of crimes in Amsterdam where mar­i­juana is legal in mod­er­a­tion. The United States could have a sim­i­lar sys­tem and that way we know it could be possible.

Wouldn’t you rather have safe places for these drugs to be har­vested instead of a neigh­bor next door? This would allow for bet­ter drug con­trol. I don’t like the idea of drugs float­ing around my com­mu­nity; that’s why the idea of legal­iz­ing drugs could help. I don’t want to be exposed to meth, that’s just horrible.

If drugs were in the hands of the gov­ern­ment it is one more ele­ment they could try to con­trol. I think it could help cut down on the use and abuse by chil­dren also. I don’t want my future chil­dren to access these drugs just as much as the next parent.

I am not try­ing to push legal­iza­tion of drugs to hin­der the future of the youth but to help the econ­omy. I would feel safer if the gov­ern­ment had the drugs and not just a ran­dom per­son on the street. As an adult, you have the choice of what you put in your body and some are irre­spon­si­ble, but it’s not me so I don’t care.

More money for our coun­try and more free­dom for peo­ple, isn’t that what we all want? I think of this as a chance for change. n