Texas Must Legalize Marijuana
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This petition aims at pushing the legalization of marijuana in Texas State through convincing Governor of Texas Greg Abbott to ask legislators of Texas to sponsor a bill for the legalization of marijuana. I will refer Colorado as an example of a state that has already legalized marijuana to persuade the Texas States to consider the possibilities of following the suit. I trust that allowing the use of marijuana across the Texas States will yield more fruit economically, socially and culturally (Galston, William & Dionne Jr 6). Studies show that marijuana is four times less addictive compared to other drugs such as tobacco. According to the recent research, only nine percent develop addiction after using marijuana as opposed to thirty-two percent of first time tobacco users and fifteen percent of users who consume alcohol for the first time (Joffe, Alain & Samuel 633)
Legalization of marijuana in Colorado State has proved to have more benefits than liabilities in various fields. So far, a significant number of sectors within Colorado State have reported a substantial improvement since cannabis was legalized. Although government agencies have not reported having been affected either positively or negatively by Marijuana, there is no single sector ranging from tourism to banking have reported adverse effects of marijuana. This fact is affirmed by findings from various studies including Hopper.com studies and ski industry studies.
Almost three years since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, nobody can refute the findings that marijuana has been a source of revenue for Colorado State and it is responsible for the rise in excise taxes and sales taxes, shooting from 17.1 million dollars to 105.8 million dollars (Joffe, Alain & Samuel 633). In the beginning, the legalization was considered somehow unworthy mostly because some crucial details were not precise on the side of the consumers, producers, manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers. Furthermore, there was a confusion about acquiring and issuing of the licenses.
As days passed by, a significant number of Marijuana users took advantage of the relaxed rules and regulation and as a result of the demand and sales hurriedly rose toward the end of 2014 and has continuously accelerated up to the moment. The activity of issuing licenses to various individuals concerned with marijuana businesses will generate revenues for the state of Texas just as in Colorado State. The licensing of manufactures of marijuana stands at 128 percent, testing equipment rising at 82 percent, store licenses 171 percent, while cultivation of marijuana stands at 73 percent. It is forecasted that the demand for marijuana will increase and exceed 130 million metric tons toward the end of the year (Kilmer et al. 25). Even if only thirty percent of Colorado has legalized marijuana; I believe that Texas will consider legalizing marijuana as well as they will see that revenues collected from marijuana businesses being helpful. Another reason that I push for the legalization of marijuana is that it will reduce the rate of crime as the youths involved will get jobs generated by marijuana businesses.
The issue of unemployment has proved to be a national disaster, but legalizing marijuana unemployment rate will drastically drop. Embarking on our example, Colorado has recorded the lowest rate of unemployment. According to various researches, this problem has been partly resolved by the legalization of marijuana. Indeed, numerous studies including the Drug Policy Alliance shows that almost ten thousands new jobs have been created and that these jobs have good pay compared to other jobs across the country. Ultimately, various commentators have suggested that legalization of cannabis will create an economy out of thin air. Note that the creation of employment in marijuana-related businesses has continued to accelerate through 2014 -2017 in the states that have legalized it.
I believe that, after one year, about twenty-five thousand job licenses will have been given to Texas business people who are dealing with recreational activities and medical marijuana businesses as it is in Colorado. However, these licenses will only be issued to some people: who are having large companies while small business enterprises will be allowed to operate their businesses without licenses (Kilmer et al. 25). In this regard, the creation of many job opportunities from legalization of marijuana in Texas will have positive impacts on the overall figure of the unemployed in the state. Moreover, there is hope that employment opportunities will keep on growing as the society embraces the use of marijuana. From the recent research, it has been noted that the rate of unemployment in Texas will go below the national unemployment rate only if marijuana is legalized.
Also, it will have a positive growth on Texas GDP as it is evident in Colorado for the past 12years its GDP has gone up from1.68% to 1.8% of the entire United States national GDP. By the performance of the state, Colorado’s GDP has grown from 3.7% to 4.1% per year (Joffe, Alain & Samuel 633). Federal government investments and tourism industries have been listed as the main contributors of high GDP, but close examination has indicated that legalization of marijuana has impacted Colorado's GDP at a high and positive rate. Business Insider magazine reported that out of fifty states Colorado was the leading state in having a prosperous economy. This is because Colorado's GDP had increased by about ten billion dollars within one year where 2.4 billion was directly gotten from the sale of cannabis, and this translates to a quarter of the entire GDP. Therefore Texas State should legalize marijuana if it wants to be ranked among the well-performing states.
The better part is that the state will introduce rules and regulations that will govern possession, transportation, growing, as well as who should sell marijuana. These laws can indicate that only adult should be allowed to be in possession of about 1 ounce of marijuana, a bud of flowers and edible topical and other products related to marijuana. Also, it can outline punishments for those who fail to follow it. For instance, it can indicate that whoever is found in possession with more than outlined quantity will be fined $150, 1-year imprisonment and community work among other punishments (Joffe, Alain & Samuel 633). The rules should also describe the age that is required to use and if an underage is found using there should be punishments for them.
Texas State should ensure that it does not drag behind on legalizing the use of marijuana, introducing laws to regulate its use as well as alter the states Constitution on matters regarding the use of marijuana. Rules and regulations will ensure that marijuana is used moderately and no one will use it as a form of illegal drug but as a medicinal drug (Kilmer et al. 25). This will ensure that consumption of Marijuana becomes legal all over the state and all people are following the same rules and regulation.
Texas must legalize marijuana as it has impacted the economy of all states that have legalized its use. Marijuana will also improve the tourist sector of the state as most people from other states and countries that have not legalized marijuana will be traveling to Texas to purchase and use marijuana. Those who oppose the legalization of marijuana in Texas should be educated on its importance to individuals and the state as a whole.
Galston, William A., and E. J. Dionne Jr. "The new politics of marijuana legalization: why opinion is changing." Governance Studies at Brookings (2013): 1-17.
Joffe, Alain, and W. Samuel Yancy. "Legalization of marijuana: potential impact on youth." Pediatrics 113.6 (2004): e632-e638.
Kilmer, Beau, et al. Altered state? Assessing how marijuana legalization in California could influence marijuana consumption and public budgets. Santa Monica, CA: RAND,( 2010):1- 50
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