Marijuana is a well debated, yet stagnant issue in society today. Marijuana is under extreme criticism because of the stereotypical view of the “pot addict.” This altered view of a pathetic America is the result of kids growing up constantly being told of the dangers of drugs. Marijuana is an illegal drug and so it must be dangerous. The 1% in charge of this stuff doesn’t realize how dangerous it isn’t though. Alcohol was caused in 85,000 deaths in America in 2006. Tobacco caused an astonishing 435,000 deaths in just 2000. Instead of killing people, weed helps people with Anxiety, OCD, Depression, ADHD, Migraines, Arthritis, and even Cancer in some cases. Most pot smokers use it to focus when they can’t by themselves. Alcohol can and will cause liver damage, loss of brain cells, and a night of regrettable decisions. Tobacco can and will cause loss of brain cells, trouble breathing, more asthma attacks if you suffer from that, coughing with phlegm, emphysema (lung disease,) and even lung cancer. Marijuana has never caused death. Nobody has died from having a toke or two.Marijuana is also not as addictive as media outlets make it out to be. The most addictive drug is nicotine. Nicotine, which is found in cigarettes, is a legal drug. Heroine comes after, followed by cocaine, and then alcohol. Below that is caffeine, and at the very bottom of the chart is marijuana; less addictive than your can of Dr. Pepper. Marijuana laws cost tax payers billions of dollars a year. The taxpayers have to pay for every ‘criminal’ that is sent to prison for possession of marijuana. When individuals are on parole, it is a violation to have any illegal drugs on or in you. Because of the three strike rule, they are only three joints away from doing a life sentence, which is very expensive for the taxpayers. This is all because of marijuana staying an illegal drug. If weed were legalized, and then regulated and taxed like a commercial good, it would bring in billions to the government. It’s estimated that the tax revenue from marijuana would be greater than $2.4 billion yearly if it were taxed like everyday goods, and as high as $6.2 billion yearly if it were taxed like alcohol and tobacco.It’s hard to see why cannabis is still illegal in the country. To this day, I have not heard any substantiatable argument against the legalization and regulation of cannabis that cannot be quickly solved. Most politicians are worried that supporting this controversial subject would yield negative feedback from their supporters. The public has gotten it into their heads that legalizing marijuana is the same as condoning it, which it is not. One doesn’t have to condone the smoking of marijuana to vote for it’s legalization. The fact is, many people would outlaw fast food, cigarettes, alcohol, and tanning beds because of the harm they cause. But this is America, and America is about freedom and about choice. Give the people in our nation the choice to enjoy marijuana (which is not nearly as dangerous as those four things previously mentioned) without the fear of prosecution or criticism. In these economic times the government should be looking for ways to create jobs, produce ongoing revenue, and increase morality of its citizens; not trying to find cons to mother nature’s version of a Xanax.