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Legalizing Marijuana in the Philippines

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Marijuana, a.k.a cannabis, pot, weed, hemp, or reefer, has been a topic of heated debates for many years, but now, it is in the spotlight more than ever. The issue about the use of this drug is becoming more and more topical because people are debating whether or not to legalize it. Marijuana, as well all know, is the most commonly used drug in the world. In fact, around 3.8 percent of the world’s population or 158.8 million people around the world use marijuana, according to United Nations. And the number is continuously rising.

It is said that this drug can help cure diseases, including cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS. Other people claim that it is a great stress reliever and a useful medicine for pain. Even doctors prescribed this drug to people who have problems in sleeping and eating.

but here in the Philippines marijuana is still not legalize. Many said that people will abuse it and that's the reason why marijuana is still not legalize. Here are the powerful reasons why we should legalize marijuana 

1) The truth is marijuana is not a harmful drug. Although the use of it can have negative effects on physical and mental health, if used well, it benefits the user. And when it comes to relative risks and harm, marijuana is proven to be far less harmful than other products, particularly alcohol and tobacco.


1. Marijuana is Medicine. Of course.

Now, we don’t need to keep listing all the health benefits of cannabis. There are already tons of articles about cannabis being an all in one medicine with only a tiny, tiny percent of a chance of an overdose. 
Even though 23 states have legalized cannabis medically, physicians still don’t have national guidelines on how to prescribe it. High Times, a magazine publication advocating the legalization of cannabis, recently quoted Dr. Jean Antonucci who told CNN that she still feels “completely in the dark” about medical marijuana treatment, dose, and whether a patient should smoke, eat, or vaporize it. Most physicians have never been trained to prescribe marijuana and it is still not covered in medical schools. Only some states are beginning to require doctors to take additional medical courses on medical marijuana. 


Marijuana doesn’t only benefit the body, but the economy as well. Just like medicines and other goods, legalization of marijuana can substantially rake huge amount of profits, which we badly need in these economic times. In the first six months of 2014, Colorado alone has pulled in more than $25 million dollar pot-related tax revenue, and the state expects the value to triple in the middle of 2015. Just think about how much money the country will make if the entire U.S. legalized the use of cannabis?


According to the latest analysis by the NerdWallet, if all 50 states legalized marijuana today, the country could gain over $3 billion in tax revenue. This very large potential profit can be extremely helpful in our entire nation. It can used to better education, improve healthcare, develop the justice system, help the poor, pay off country’s debt, and fortify unfunded government programs. And remember that besides sales tax, several other revenues can also be generated when marijuana is legalized. Once legal, states and cities can impose other fees, such as licenses and annual fees, on consumers and retailers.

4) It can help the goverment save cost 



In addition to bringing in funds, legalization of marijuana gives the country an opportunity to save billions of dollars per year. According to Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron, a whopping $8.7 billion a yearis being spent for enforcing laws against marijuana in the U.S. And what are we getting for the billions of dollars spent in stopping cannabis use? Nada. Nothing.


Despite being illegal, thousands or more individuals are still arrested every day for possessing and using marijuana. And that results not only to wasted resources, but also to wasted time and lives. Our law enforcement officials devote their thousands of hours to arresting, booking, and imprisoning cannabis users. And since there are millions of marijuana users in the U.S., our jails and prisons are filled easily, which results to the need of more money to building new and larger jails. This is not to mention the amount that we spend in prosecuting, feeding, and defending these offenders. And the sad thing is that being arrested doesn’t stop the users from smoking pot.


Continuing the arrest of these people is irrational. The $8.7 billion estimate is a serious amount, which can be used to fund more important public programs and help our courts resolve much more serious cases.

5) It is easy to grow and environmental friendly 

n addition, cannabis itself has an ability to clean up toxins underground, which is known as phytomediation, making the soil a lot healthier and useful for farming. And as we already know, the fiber that comes from this plant can be used to produce paper products, including cardboard, envelopes, and computer paper, which helps us eliminate the need to chop down trees in the forest. Furthermore, the cannabis plant can also be substituted for cotton in the production of textile. Cannabis produces stronger and twice more fiber than cotton, which can be used to make all types of clothing. Cotton, as well know, requires an enormous amount of pesticides to grow. If we use cannabis as a substitute for cotton, we will significantly reduce the usage of harmful chemicals.


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