In our world today, marijuana is used by teenagers or adults. Whether it’s for medical reasons or just getting high, marijuana has been on our planet for thousands of years. Did you know that alcohol kills 88,000 people per year, tobacco kills 480,000, and marijuana never killed one person? Marijuana is a drug classified as a schedule 1 drug by the DEA. another schedule 1 drug is heroin, Its crazy how the DEA can put a drug like heroin next to marijuana .In 2015, When Colorado legalized marijuana, it generated 2.4 billion dollars and it created more than 18,000 new full time jobs. Marijuana was recently legalized in California and it already created many jobs and is expected to bring lots of revenue.Unlike tobacco, weed helps cancer patients in many ways. It helps prevent cancer growth and it can help chemotherapy patients by treating nausea and vomiting. It can also help chronic pain because weed can be used as a painkiller.Since 1971, Nixon started the war on drugs with a budget of 100 million dollars and the war never ended since then. The Obama administration proposed 15 billion dollars during 2011. In my opinion that is a complete waste of money and the US government should spend that money for their own country because since they started the “war” many people died and it made a bigger a black market for drugs that fuels violence in the US and around the world. If they legalized marijuana most cartels that smuggle marijuana into the US will be put out of business and that will be a big step forward to end the war on drugs.Now for the real question, why is it still illegal? Well john Ehrlichman, who served as domestic policy chief for President Richard Nixon said: “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” yes, thats a real quote.After all of this proof that weed is safe we are still following racist old laws for no good reason. We should stop treating marijuana users as criminals We just started 2018 and it’s time for a change.