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Smith, S. E. “How legalizing pot could save America’s economy.” The Week Magazine, 09 Nov. 2014. Web. 16 Jul. 2015.

S.E. Smith is a writer and commentator who focuses on the current issues going on in the world. In “How legalizing pot could save America’s economy,” published by, Smith highlights the economic growth that could stimulate from the legalization of marijuana in the United States.

According to Smith, the black market sell of marijuana accumulates an average revenue of $113 billion dollars annually. Smith argues that marijuana would bring in billions of tax dollars to the government and also save the government money since many people incarcerated are on drug related charges, the most common being marijuana. Smith points out that the legalization of marijuana would allow the government to save money by not wasting it on trying to prevent drug wars. Therefore, the government could use the surplus of money to focus on other issues facing the country. To depict the positive effect legalization of marijuana would have on the economy, Smith discusses it’s “ripple effect” on the economy. The cultivation of marijuana provides jobs to Americans in various different fields and reduces the number of men being incarcerated, allowing them to provide for their family without aid from the government, therefore indirectly improving the economy. Smith in other words, is stating that marijuana is something the government could capitalize on and in return help communities who heavily depend on the government financially.

Smith briefly discusses how the legalization of marijuana in the United States could benefit tourism in the country by allowing people to go in to shops and sample marijuana products. The well-known areas will generate a lot of tourist who will buy marijuana and in return will be benefiting the economy.

This is a valuable resource because you are given insight on how the legalization of marijuana can help the economy and communities most affected by the illegal distribution of it. This article gives facts as to how marijuana can benefit everyone and is not simply against marijuana because it is “bad.” It provides you with what people who are for legalization of marijuana thinks, their perspective, and opinion on the subject. This would be useful for others who are pro legalizing marijuana because of the facts and good logical reasoning behind legalizing marijuana, or it could be used to counter the arguments made in the article.


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Weed, Dope, and Mary Jane

“I know you don’t smoke weed, I know this, but imma get you high today.” For those of you who do not this quote, it is the opening line to the comedy Friday. I’m personally a huge fan of movies and can watch them all day. This particular movie revolves around the sell and distribution of marijuana in a community predominantly full of African Americans and Latinos.

Bob MarleyI’m from Houston, Texas more specifically, Alief which is a recognized international school district. In Alief, the minorities are the majority. I’ve seen weed a lot at my school and know people who choose to use it for recreational purposes. It is actually pretty easy to get a hold of marijuana where I’m from. There are kids who attended my school who sold dope and were not afraid to walk around the hallways and ask if you would like to purchase some Mary Jane or how many Gs you could get for the amount of money you were holding.

One thing I noticed about the people that sold weed is that they made some serious cash and were not ashamed in flaunting it, even though they received their money from selling illegal narcotics. With the legalization of marijuana it could bring a tremendous about of money to the government. I mean why not sell weed? Cigarettes are more dangerous than weed killing thousands of people and causing serious medical issues, however, the government is capitalizing on them and no one is trying to ban the production of cigarettes.

The legalization of marijuana on the other hand could save the government money by not having to arrest people with possession of marijuana. That’s less tax dollars spent on accommodating the lifestyle of prisoners and could be used elsewhere. In Jennifer Jordan’s view, the legalization of marijuana “will bring hundreds of jobs, stimulating the local economy.” In other words, Jordan believes in the legalization of marijuana solely for the purpose of the economic benefits.

In conclusion, I agree with the legalization of marijuana. Why not legalize it? Thousands of people are smoking it and posting pictures in the act all over social media anyways. Why not make a profit from it? Why not try to improve the economy and try to help those who cannot help themselves? I believe the legalization of marijuana can be something positive like the production of cigarettes, depending on how you look at it. Both provide jobs to the many Americans who are unemployed.


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