Over the past few years, the legalization of marijuana has been a primary topic of conversation amongst families in the U.S. Particularly in Florida over the last year and a half. The legalization of the substance can have as many benefits as it can disadvantages for the state’s economic and social standing.
Economically, the state would benefit a great amount due to the tax. The growers, sellers, and producers would be taxed about $50-per-ounce; in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, they have made an estimated $76 million in taxes.
However, the real problem lies in what can be done with the money. “It could be extremely beneficial, but I’m skeptical about what the legislators will do with that money,” said Ms. Whitby, an MLEC economics and government teacher. “The right people won’t benefit from the revenue.”
Despite the belief that marijuana is very popular, and it is, a survey done by Pew Research Center said that 62% of Americans would be bothered if people did their smoking in public even if marijuana were legal.
“I feel like it’s not necessary, people are only going to abuse it further,” said Nicole Sandoval, a junior in the Health Academy.
This is similar to how people see the consumption of cigarettes, most people aren’t bothered by others smoking them, unless they’re doing it near them. “Recreationally, i feel like marijuana is just as dangerous an alcohol, or cigarettes,” said Mr. Moffi, an MLEC U.S History teacher.
Being a controversial issue, it’s something that will continue being questioned and discussed in upcoming state and presidential elections.