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The Decriminalization of Marijuana

THE DECRIMINALIZATION OF *MARIJUANAS 18 STATES Have LEGALIZED WEED for some purposes. 13 STATES Are sponsoring bills that ask for the respect of STATE LAWS on the matter. 55% of Americans Believe that the drug, which has never been a primary cause of death, (1997-2005) should be LEGALIZED Many feel that the drug should be LEGALIZED TAXED, and regulated like ALCOHOL. HOW IT STANDS NOW: FEDERAL LAW: 1970 controlled substances act labels MARIJUANA as a SCHEDULE ONE DRUG meaning: • HIGH POTENTIAL FOR ABUSE • NO CURRENTLY ACCEPTED MEDICAL USE • A LACK OF ACCEPTED SAFETY EVIDENCE PLACING MARIJUANA IN A MORE DANGEROUS DRUG CLASS THAN COCAINE ENFORCEMENT: A MARIJUANA POSSESSION ARREST is made EVERY 37 SECONDS. Leading to 46% of DRUG PROSECUTIONS in the U.S. You're 3 X LIKELIER to be arrested for MARIJUANA POSSESSION if BLACK than WHITE - though both races use marijuana AT THE SAME RATE! 192/100,000 - WHITE arrests to 716/100,000 - BLACK arrests of whom were prosecuted for simple possession. LEADING T0: $ in yearly processing costs Roughly half of our nation's inmates are serving time FOR POSSESSION $7,700,000,000+ in yearly enforcement/prohibition costs. AD CAMPAIGNS AND EDUCATION: • $33,000,000,000 spent on "IUST SAY NO" or similar campaigns since 1969 • 12TH GRADE usage rates have remained roughly UNCHANGED for 40 YEARS • In fact, TEENS age 12-17 say it's easier to get MARIJUANA than BEER or CIGARETTES. • 40% of students in high school surveyed can get weed within a day. • 25% can get weed within an hour. THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS FAILED! And with the call for greater government efficiency, states are looking for new solutions to the drug "problem." Just say no Self-reported MARIJUANA use has nearly doubled in the U.S. than in the more "LIBERAL" MARIJUANA SYSTEM OF THE NETHERLANDS. U.S.: 42.4% Netherlands: 19.8% "GLOBALLY, drug use is not distributed evenly and is not simply related to drug policy, since countries with STRINGENT user-level illegal drug policies did not have lower levels of use than countries with LIBERAL ones," Researcher - Louisa Degenhardt SO WHAT DOES DECRIMINALIZATION MEAN? MARIJUANA IS A CASH CROP #1 CASH CROP for 12 states TOP 3 CASH CROPS in 30 states (including the previous 12) TOP 5 CASH CROPS in 39 states (including the previous 30) ALTERNATIVELY: Top Cash Crop in 12 states Top three cash crops in 18 states Top five cash crops in 21 states ENFORCEMENT COSTS PLUMMET The 858,000+ arrested on MARIJUANA charges last year don't have to be PROCESSED TRIED INCARCERATED CHONG, TOMMY 02-24-03 758,593 (88%) of whom was prosecuted for SIMPLE POSSESSION. That's more than those arrested for MURDER, MANSLAUGHTER, FORCIBLE RAPE, ROBBERY, and AGGRAVATED ASSUALT COMBINED MANY VIOLENT CRIMES REMAINED UNSOLVED RAPE SEXUAL ASSAULT ASSAULT & BATTERY BURGLARY -THERE IS VAPE NOW KNOX EXCUSE CRIME SE -FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT NO MEANS NO +$7,700,000,000 government expenditure on MARIJUANA prohibitlon. +$6,200,000,000 in tax revenue at ALCOHOL or TOBACCO tax rates. +$10,500,000,000 pumped into the economy. (est. for what Americans SPENT ON WEED in 2000) -$24,400,000,000. in savings & recirculated money. DO WE REALLY NEED TO SPEND THIS TYPE OF MONEY CATCHING POTHEADS? IT'S TIME TO END THE INSTITUTIONAL HYPOCRISY POLITICAL POT SMOKERS George W. Bush Barack Obama Bill Clinton Mayor Bloomberg POUP Al Gore Newt Gingrich John Edwards Gary Johnson JOLO IS MERO UNO Sarah Palin Arnold Schwarzenegger Clarence Thomas Ed Koch AFTER ALL, IT TOOK SOME MIND EXPANSION TO EVEN GET THIS PLACE STARTED Benjamin Franklin Andrew Jackson Thomas Jefferson James Madison James Monroe Franklin Pierce Zachary Taylor George Washington Yet, Marijuana remains HIGHLY illegal in most places. Resources 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) Other

The Decriminalization of Marijuana

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Every 37 seconds someone in the United States is arrested for marijuana possession. 55% of Americans believe that the drug, that has never been a primary cause of death, should be legalized, taxed, an...


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