In this article, the author argues that marijuana illegalization is destroying our country and the financial standpoint that we have been recently facing. I know that this is a "hot-and-heavy" issue right now, due to so many states contemplating the idea of legalizing marijuana, so I thought that this article might be interesting to discuss. I personally don't have a strong opinion on the matter for either side because I see an angle of both sides. For one, marijuana is putting a lot of unnecessary "criminals" into our jails and prisons for what... smoking a joint? Putting these people in our jails is taking up much needed space that is necessary for those who are actually causing physical and mental harm in our communities, people who actually ARE criminals. According to the article, "non-violent arrests [are] occurring every 36 seconds." Now on the other hand, marijuana is a drug and does cause some bodily harm to those who choose to use it. This could in the future raise health costs in our society as well as cause our jurisdiction system a lot of difficulty if the drug use gets out of hand. I've heard so many different opinions on the topic that I'm not sure what mine actually is, but what I do know is that medicinal marijuana is a great help for those who are in dying need of some pain relief due to certain cancers or diseases. This article also compares the restriction of marijuana to prohibition of alcohol that occurred in the 1930's. I could absolutely see this result comparing to prohibition and the outcome of the situation may be similar in debate.