Why Marijuana Should be Legal in every US state

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    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in America, the consumption of alcohol leads to about 88,000 deaths a year. Tobacco use accounts for 480,000 deaths per year. To say that marijuana contributes to zero deaths a year would be ignorant, but it is true that marijuana does not damage anyone’s physical health to the point of death. That’s right; there have been no recorded cases of overdose of marijuana in America. In fact, according to a study noted in the Huffington Post, you would need to consume 20,000-40,000 times the amount of weed in a joint to overdose on the drug. Although the drug is not directly life threatening to your physical health, it does lead people to perform actions that are not only harmful to that individual, but to that person’s surroundings as well. But how different is that from alcohol? The NHTSA shows that alcohol related driving deaths stole the lives of 10,076 people, accounting for 31% of deaths in automobile accidents in 2013. According to Drugabuse.gov, studies show that 4-14% of drivers that sustained an injury or death in an automobile were under the influence of THC, which is the chemical in marijuana. Are these facts saying that marijuana is more safe and healthier than alcohol? You can decide that on your own.
    Republicans and old fashioned conservatives believe that if marijuana becomes legal in all 50 states, it will lead to a country of unmotivated, low life ‘stoners’. The truth of it is, barely anything will change if the drug becomes legal to the public recreationally. It is no secret that nowadays just about any one can get the drug with ease. And some states are ‘lucky’ enough to be bordering Washington or Colorado, where citizens have the legal right to enter those states, purchase weed, and bring it back home effortlessly. If weed were to become legal in all 50 states, no, the whole country would not go up in smoke. The people that smoke now would keep smoking, and few non smokers would take up smoking just because it became legal. Instead, weed sales could be taxed instead of the substance being distributed through the black market and on the streets. It would truly be a win-win for the United States if we were to legal the recreational use of marijuana.
    The legalization of marijuana could be compared to the end of the prohibition era. By allowing alcohol to be consumed legally, the government had more control over the regulations of production of the product; how it was consumed, and by whom it was consumed. The same could apply to marijuana, since if the substance was legalized, the government and individual states could benefit and have more control over how the substance is used. The drug could bring a lot of income to individual states, and could reduce or eliminate the illegal international drug trade that has been a problem in our country for the past decade. Legalizing marijuana, the nation’s largest cash crop, will bring the drug under the rule of law, providing economic opportunities and jobs in which would strengthen our economy.
    Another beneficial value to the legalization of marijuana is the fact that it would be one less thing that crime units would have to worry about. Instead of trying to bust consumers of the drug, officers, which are low in numbers in modern day America, could focus on bigger and more practical issues like the safety of the public. Even though it would be legalizing a drug, it really would be helping to keep the public just as safe, if not safer.
    The New York Times hit it on the head when they stated in an article, “We must treat drug use for what it is: a health, not a criminal, issue.” Although there should be limits to which drugs are legal, marijuana is a drug that is used by a large portion of U.S. citizens today, and that number would not drastically change if legalized throughout the nation. It is senseless to make a drug that is so easily accessible illegal, because we are only crippling ourselves as a country. If legalized, the drug would bring in jobs, tax money, and a stronger, wealthier economy. Really, America has nothing to lose from legalizing marijuana, and that’s why it should be acted upon as soon as possible.

     
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    Pot advocates back off from public post use...
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    Denver activists put public pot use ballot measure on hold
    3 Sept.`15 - Supporters of a Denver ballot initiative to allow marijuana use at bars and other establishments have pulled the measure after city leaders and business groups agreed to discuss a compromise, the pro-pot group said on Thursday.
     
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    Legalize one bad thing because other bad things are already legal and stuff. Combat drug smugglers by allowing drug smugglers to set up shop. They're already doing this in Denver, actually.
     
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    For treatment of PTSD...
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    Senate Backs Letting VA Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana to Vets
    Nov 11, 2015 | Legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate includes a provision that would allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients in states where it is legal.
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right - lock `em up an' throw away the key...
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    U.S. court hands second Canadian life sentence for pot smuggling
    Tuesday 26th January, 2016 - The second of two Canadian men convicted of running a multimillion-dollar marijuana-trafficking operation has been sentenced to life in prison
     
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    A life sentence for a non-violent crime, typical medieval draconian US (in)justice system. Why not a public beheading? Oh yeah, that would be immoral. Did anyone mention 8th Amendment? I think it's irrelevant anyway in the US (in)justice industry, that's just a gdm piece of paper.
     
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    why would one support a nanny government that tells you what plants you can plant in your own garden?
     
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    There are only 2 rational approaches. 1. Cane for casual use and possession. 2. Give away the drugs at cost - wherever road salt is distributed.
     
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    Legalized pot gains speed in the Americas...
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    The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas
    April 22,`16 — With a swipe of his pen this week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of pot.
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    Mexico's President Proposes To Relax Marijuana Laws
    4/22/2016 - The proposal of President Enrique Pena Nieto, a traditional opponent of liberalizing drug laws, reflects the country's growing disenchantment with the War On Drugs.
     
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    Granny puts it in brownies fer Uncle Ferd so she can get him to do what she wants him to do...
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    DEA Says Marijuana Has No Medical Value
    August 11, 2016 - Delivering a big blow to backers of pot legalization, the Obama administration said Thursday that it would keep marijuana classified as one of the nation’s most dangerous drugs, similar to heroin and LSD.
     
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    Just make in legal to grow in your garden. Like any other vegetable. What's the big deal?
     
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    When may a Free Society practice drug prohibitions

    and still be a Free Society?

    Make a list and share please.



    Moi :oldman:

    r > g



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    The DEA has decided to keep marijuana on the Schedule One list of the most dangerous controlled substances...
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    DEA Declines Request to Reclassify Marijuana, Citiing Its 'High Potential for Abuse'
    August 13, 2016 – The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has declined two petitions to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), noting that cannabis “does not have a currently accepted medical use.”
     
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    Granny says, Dat's right - it'll make ya goofy too - like dat Colorado gov'ner...
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    Doctors warn against teen pot use amid looser marijuana laws
    February 27, 2017 — An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it's OK for their kids, but "we would rather not mess around with the developing brain," said Dr. Seth Ammerman.
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    Colorado Governor Invokes States' Rights on Recreational Marijuana
    February 27, 2017 | Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, invoked states’ rights on Sunday, when he was asked if Attorney General Jeff Sessions might enforce federal law against the recreational use of marijuana.
     
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    Marijuana must not be legal. Ganja is a getaway drug so losers can escape the astringent reality they don't like, the losers. The streets will fill up with numerous amounts of junkies. Not to mention currently there's only a prototype device for testing THC, so no actual way to test drivers for THC. With Marijuana, the short memory is lost so drivers can and will become a danger to the society and our fine children.

    If Marijuana should be legal, legalize all automatic weapons sales as well. No double standards this time. So we can shoot the eventual killers of our children.
     
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    Newly registered yet it says you joined in 2015 ???

    I need to iggy you.

    Something is terribly wrong.
     
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    This thread is 3 years old.

    And the O/P must have died in the meantime.
     
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