The reasons to support the legalization of cannabis are seemingly innumerable, but this is a good place to start.
The reasons to legalize weed are seemingly infinite. Some of these reasons are grounded in economics, marijuana’s therapeutic potential, or the corrupt legal system that flows from senseless prohibition. And on a different level, in many ways, the simple pleasures of cannabis as a recreational product are enough justification on their own. Whether you’re a skeptic looking for answers, or an advocate looking for convincing arguments to present to skeptics, these 50 reasons to legalize weed aren’t nearly a complete list, but they’re a good place to start. Here are 50 reasons to legalize weed. Legalizing cannabis will help people treat a host of illnesses and conditions. Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images 1. Cannabis can treat anxiety. 2. Cannabis can treat . depression 4. Cannabis can treat . PTSD 5. Cannabis can treat . Glaucoma 6. Cannabis can treat severe nausea. 7. Cannabis can treat . Hepatitis C 8. Cannabis can help patients manage the symptoms of HIV/AIDS. 9. Cannabis can help treat Crohn’s Disease. 10. Cannabis can treat severe and chronic pain. 11. Cannabis can help treat the symptoms of cancer. 13. Cannabis can treat . anorexia 14. Cannabis can treat . migraines 17. Cannabis is not addictive. 18. Cannabis can be used to treat addiction, and can, therefore, help . solve the opioid crisis 21. Cannabis can help treat ADD/ADHD. Legalizing cannabis has positive impacts on crime and the legal landscape. Photo by LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images 23. Studies have shown that legalizing cannabis . reduces crime rates 24. Legalizing cannabis will that are spent to prosecute marijuana offenders. save taxpayers billions of dollars 25. The legalization of marijuana will help slow down America’s egregious . mass incarceration problem 26. Under cannabis prohibition, is arrested for marijuana every minute of the year. more than one person 27. This mass incarceration problem, exacerbated by the prohibition of marijuana, leads to . higher crime rates 28. Legalizing cannabis will prevent many people from being —sometimes even locked away for years —for doing something that their entire lives believe should be legal. most people 29. Legalizing cannabis takes revenue dollars out of the hands of violent gangs and drug cartels. 30. that couples who smoke cannabis together are less likely to experience domestic violence and aggression. Research shows Legalizing cannabis is good for the economy, creates jobs, and bolsters social programs. Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call 33. Cannabis has in tax revenues for states that have legalized it. generated billions of dollars 34. Cannabis tax revenue has been used to prevent bullying. 36. Cannabis jobs can allow you to almost immediately after graduating from university. make six figures 37. Cannabis is projected to create 250,000 jobs by 2020. 38. Legalizing cannabis is allowing Colorado to reduce homelessness 39. Legalizing cannabis is to put more money into bettering its public schooling system. allowing Colorado Legalizing cannabis is good for your social life Photo courtesy of Pineapple Express via Netflix 40. People are replacing alcohol with cannabis, which is much safer. 42. Cannabis , which can improve your relationships. encourages bonding 43. Cannabis can get through painful hangovers. help you 44. Unlike alcohol, cannabis doesn’t cause you to blackout and make . If anything, it will encourage you to watch movies and chill. terrible life decisions 45. While you should always stay sober behind the wheel, cannabis nearly the amount of traffic accident as alcohol, other drugs, and distracted driving. doesn’t cause 46. Cannabis makes just about more enjoyable. every summer activity 48. , and just think about how chill Canada is right now compared to the U.S. Canada is legalizing cannabis 49. Cannabis has long been associated with for peace and love, such as anti-war movements. movements 50. Cannabis is fun. Sometimes, it doesn’t need to get more complicated than that.