Editor:

Born and raised in Casper, I see Wyoming as a wonderful state. Of all the debates associated with the state, I believe the legalization of marijuana could be solved. Although marijuana is illegal, it should be legalized to decrease problems associated with the drug and allow for new business opportunities and medical treatments.

One of the main reasons why marijuana should be legalized in the state of Wyoming is to decrease drug trafficking and cartels coming across the Wyoming-Colorado border. If marijuana were legalized, the amount of drug trafficking across the state would lead to fewer arrests. With fewer arrests law enforcement can focus on other problems, such as shootings and violent acts of discrimination.

Marijuana legalization in Wyoming would offer new job opportunities. As most of Wyoming is struggling to make a profit off of coal and oil, the marijuana business could make up for the losses of the revenue from the oil and coal industries. With an increase in business storefronts, marijuana would increase state profit through tax revenue. Therefore, the marijuana business would allow for new opportunities as well as increase state revenue.

The legalization of marijuana would also allow for new medical treatments. Many medical studies have shown that the use of marijuana in an oil form can be used as treatment for cancer. Compared to chemotherapy and radiation, marijuana oils have no harsh side effects. Marijuana has also been shown to alleviate symptoms associated with epilepsy, glaucoma, stress and anxiety. Patients with glaucoma use eye drops costing $250 a month. Such treatment is expensive compared to cannabis. Therefore, marijuana is cost effective and allows patients to seek new medical treatments.

In conclusion, the legalization of marijuana would allow less controversy between the state representatives, law enforcement and citizens. New opportunities and medical treatments would therefore benefit those struggling financially and medically.

CALLIE JOHNSON, Casper

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