By Lap Hay Mark Leung
Findings endorsed by Liberal Democrats in the UK has shown that the legalization of marijuana would help generate £1bn in tax revenue, as well as reduce the harm of marijuana to users. At the helm of the support for legalization was Lib. Dem. Spokesperson Norman Lamb, who believed that “the financial and human cost of the battle with drug use is vast” (Lamb, 2015).
Similarly, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also filed a bill in the Senate, with the intent of attempting to end federal criminalization of marijuana (CNBC, 2015). Backed by a young and liberal fan base, Bernie Sanders hopes to emulate the success of Colorado, which has seen a total of $700 million in sales after one year of marijuana legalization. The move is seen as a fundamental aid in economic recovery in the state.
Yet, even with such outstated support from such influential individuals, the legalization of marijuana has still seen strong opposition from many in the public. This post will analyse the reasons for and against legalizing marijuana, and possible solutions to bridge indifferences between those supporting and opposing the legalization of cannabis.
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