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TOP 10 REASONS
TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA
1 Marijuana has never directly killed anyone. According to the CDC, Alcohol is linked to killing over 76,000 people in the USA every year.
2 Marijuana effectively treats symptoms of many serious illnesses like Aids, Glaucoma, Cancer, & Multiple Sclerosis.
3 The War on Pot costs $42 Billion a year. At that rate, we could employ 880,000 school teachers at the average U.S. teacher salary of $47,602 per year.
4 Legalized marijuana would reduce the flow of money (billions) from the American economy to international criminal gangs.
5 Crime rates in countries where Marijuana is legal are significantly lower than that of the USA.
6 First cultivated more than 5,000 years ago, Marijuana is one of the oldest agricultural commodities not grown for food, as its stalks contain fibers that can be used for industrial purposes.
7 Marijuana’s active ingredient TCH is less toxic than nicotine.
8 Arrests for marijuana possession disproportionately affect blacks and Hispanics and reinforce the perception that law enforcement is biased and prejudiced against minorities.
9 Because it’s our right. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are unalienable rights written in the declaration of Independence.
10 The people want it. Over 45% of the US population support legalization and think Marijuana should be completely legal.
In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have “no accepted medical use.” Since then, 16 states and DC have legalized the medical use of marijuana.