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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Marijuana should be legal !!!! Tax it and profit .
Texas needs to start a petition 420= ✌+💜
weed benifits all. leagalize it.
Let's get this done and move on. This is rediculous, alcohol is acceptable for an adult over the age of 21 to consume, marijuana should be the same.
Alcohol, prescription pills and cigarettes are more harmful, addictive, and in most cases, result in fatal results. Most abusers of the above suffer long term illnesses and body ailments due to uses of the alcohol, prescription drugs and cigarettes. Most often resulting in more prescription medication abuse due to higher tolerances, in higher doses due to addictions, and not to mention...expensive medical bills. The results of addiction to alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drugs cause numerous cancers and dangerous side effects, which have deeply impacted the health industry, as we have all witnessed and/or experienced.

Not only are the harmful and addictive "legal" and abused products listed above more dangerous than medicinal or recreational marijuana, marijuana doesn't cause cancers and in fact it is medically proven to aid in cancer patients, and assist people to rid of their addictions, stress levels and anxiety.

Legalizing marijuana in Texas would bring in millions of dollars, possibly billions which would benefit our state even more. I'm not stating Texas needs the extra profits, but I am saying legalizing marijuana would increase Texas economy in record numbers, and would surpass monies gained as seen in numerous other states that have legalized it! That would be extremely beneficial for Texas and Texans.

Legalization of marijuana would also aid in prevention of the American population, and Texans, of going the "legal route" of obtaining prescription medications through a doctor, a "legal drug dealer", to be able to receive aid in relaxation, stress or to simply be able to sleep at night and, rather than obtaining marijuana through dangerous drug dealers or cartels from other countries, who contaminate the marijuana (in most cases), keep the funds and profits in the State of Texas, and provide clean marijuana to users, all without causing cancers, body ailments, keeping criminal activities down which would result in less funds being used for jails, courts, healthcare systems, and putting illegal drug dealers out of business.

Of course, I certainly agree there should be rules, laws and consequences if marijuana is distributed illegally, is provided to children or persons under age and used before or during driving a motor vehicle. Also those who abuse the privilege of marijuana being legal for medicinal and recreational use, should go down the same expensive road as those who abuse alcohol and prescription drugs.

If using marijuana in your own home to unwind before bed, or to aid in stress, anxiety, pain management or persons suffering with cancer can't be legalized, the outrageous statistics with alcohol, prescription drugs and cigarettes should be prohibited as well, as these products are what is dangerous and costing billions for the American people.

Marijuana should be legalized. If it's about the money, Texas and other states would make much more money regulating it than prohibiting it. Why would a state deny ou