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Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide

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I am writing to discuss the possibility of legalizing marijuana nationwide.

I believe that marijuana should be legalized. Statistics show that marijuana is four times LESS addictive as tobacco, and about half as addicting as alcohol. A recent study proves that after the first use of marijuana, only 9% of users become addicted, opposed to the 32% of first time tobacco users and 15% of users who drink alcohol for the first time.

Also, if you legalize marijuana, the tax revenue it would create would be huge. Oakland, California conducted a study and came to the conclusion that if they legalized marijuana and allowed only FOUR farmers to grow and distribute it, the city would receive close to 75 MILLION DOLLARS in taxes a year. With the right laws and regulations, marijuana can rival and possibly supersede tobacco and alcohol in revenue for the country each year. It would not only help us get out of debt, but also stimulate the economy, as well as cut back on a lot of unnecessary spending in law enforcement agencies to work on catching marijuana users so they can focus on removing more harmful drugs from our streets.

If marijuana is legalized, though, there should be laws restricting the use and abuse of it. Two important laws should be applied to the operation of a motor vehicle while influenced and the purchase of marijuana. Anyone caught driving under the influence of marijuana should be arrested and charged with a DUI, regardless of age, race, sex, and how much they claim to have smoked. Also, to legally purchase marijuana, I suggest that the person must be 18 years or older, and should be limited to no more than 7 grams a month. If caught either under the age of 18 or with more than the alotted 7 grams a month, that person should be ticketed or arrested, depending on the severity of the infraction.

Along with those two laws, only authorized shops, owned and operated by the government, should be licensed to distribute marijuana, and anyone caught selling marijuana outside those shops should be prosecuted accordingly. The same laws and regulations should be applied to the growing and harvesting of marijuana as well.

Once again, I believe marijuana should be legalized. Not only would it create billions, possibly trillions, of tax revenue a year, it also isn't as harmful as tobacco or alcohol.

Thank you for your time.

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14 hours ago
Autumn H. from Apopka, FL writes:
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I just bought a huge bag of juicy weed from an illegal marijuana dealer. I wish I could buy my marijuana legally, so I wouldn't have to keep giving your tax dollars away to illegal marijuana dealers and so that it would benefit the economy, but, you guys don't want to legalize recreational marijuana nation wide so, sorry, the dough be going to the bud fairy yo. Damn this is some good shit. :)
20 hours ago
Someone from Maxeys, GA signed.
22 hours ago
Jon J. from Crystal Lake, IL writes:
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Statistics show that marijuana usage is second to only alcohol. So let's break down the comparison of the two. 1) Alcohol is a highly addictive drug, where marijuana is the least addictive drug. 2) Alcoholism is a nationwide epidemic and puts a huge strain on the healthcare and economic system. A study in 2005 showed of the 3.9 million people that received treatment for substance abuse, 2.5 million were for alcohol abuse. Alcoholics can received disability benefits due to the fact that they cannot function. Marijuana users can function even under the influence, they are not 30 or 40 somethings sitting in their parents' basement smoking marijuana all day unemployed because they cannot get out of bed. 3) Alcohol over usage causes more damage to the human body than cigarettes and much more than marijuana. Alcohol over usage can cause severe, irreversible damage to the liver, pancreas, heart, stomach, brain and nervous system. Alcohol is one of the hardest substances for the human body to metabolize, that is why the effects of alcohol last longer than any other drug out there. 4) Alcohol influenced crimes versus marijuana influenced crimes are a no brainer. People under the influence of alcohol are 20-30 times more likely to commit a crime than people under the influence of marijuana some studies have shown. 5) Alcohol is contributed to 3 times more vehicular accidents than marijuana. 6) Marijuana has more scientifically proven benefits to the human body than alcohol casual use. 7) It is virtually impossible to overdose with marijuana. Where as with alcohol and any other drug out there you can overdose on any of them. In summary, there is much research out there showing the pros and cons of marijuana versus alcohol. There are more cons with alcohol usage than marijuana and the are more pros with marijuana usage than alcohol usage. Yet, even though there are these studies out there, the Federal government turns a blind eye to the issues with alcohol and focuses on a medically beneficial drug, whether used strictly for medicinal purposes or recreational purposes. So why does the Federal government not seriously look at legalizing marijuana? Out of all the illegal drugs out there, marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug and the number one imported drug in the U.S. The U.S. government just sees money for the DOJ, that is also why marijuana is a Class I drug than a lower class. The DEA receives more federal money for busts of higher class drugs. So even though marijuana does not pose the dangers of LSD and PCP it is classed with them, but yet meth, heroine and cocaine are lower class drugs because those drugs are not imported as much as marijuana. So why won't the U.S. Congress seriously put to vote the legalization of marijuana? It all comes down to lobbyist and money, the U.S. government feels they make more money by keeping it illegal than legalizing marijuana and taxing it heavily. Basically, the U.S. Congress are morons.
6 days ago
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1 week ago
Nina A. from Haskell, NJ writes:
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Because it is just the right thing to do .
March 12, 2017
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March 11, 2017
John R. from Houston, TX signed.
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Someone from Dahlonega, GA writes:
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It helps people with anxiety, depression and pain with out addiction of many drugs.
March 10, 2017
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March 10, 2017
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