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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If marijuana was legal then you wouldn't have people killing over it. Weed being illegal actually costs lives, not saves them.Law enforcement agencies are waging a war in their minds, trying to decide whether or not smoking weed is wrong. All this worrying adds to the stress of their demanding and dangerous jobs. Therefore, the people most adamant against weed are those that could use it to their benefit to alleviate stress. Cops, politicians, government officials, etc. are probably smoking just as much weed as everyone else. There are many flaws in the laws making marijuana illegal. Because it is a scheduled 1 drug, testing its effects is illegal in the US which doesnít allow scientists or doctors to prove that marijuana isnít harmful. Founding fathers of our country grew hemp and smoked the buds of cannabis. With marijuana being outlawed, part of the foundation of our country is being diminished! Prohibition clearly doesnít work because it leads to criminal activity to get restricted products.
There are too many vehicular accidents that ruin precious lives. It is very tragic and will give marijuana users a harsher reputation in the future after people hear about them killing, crippling, or maiming animals and people with automobiles or machinery. There should be zero incidents and zero tolerance for intoxicated drivers, truck drivers, pilots, and workers involved with toxic chemicals, heavy machinery, dangerous jobs, unnecessary fossil fuels, nuclear facilities...etc. There should be a way to immediately test individuals on site if they are suspected of doing unsanctioned activities while under to influence of drugs and alcohol. It should be strictly enforced to dissuade the irresponsible from continuing to be imbeciles. If someone wants to use cannabis they should at least be safe about it. They should do it on their own time and stay home or get a designated driver.
I am against being under the influence and driving also. Too many automobile accidents ruin precious lives. It is very sad and will give marijuana a harsher reputation in the future after people hear of marijuana smokers wrecking into people and killing, crippling,or maiming family members and pets. There should be zero incidents and zero tolerance for stoned truck drivers and workers involved with toxic chemicals, heavy machinery, dangerous jobs, unnecessary fossil fuels, or nuclear facilities...etc. There should be a way to immediately test individuals if there are suspected of doing unsanctioned activities while under to influence. It should be strictly enforced to dissuade the irresponsible from continuing to be imbeciles. If someone wants to get stoned they should be safe about it. They should do it on their own time and stay home or get a designated driver.
I am against drinking/being high and driving though. Too many automobile accidents ruin precious lives. It's very sad and will give marijuana a harsher negative reputation in the future after people hear of smoker's wrecking into people and killing/maiming families and pets. It could cause the law to be repealed if passed. No stoned truck drivers or workers involved with toxic chemicals, heavy machinery, dangerous jobs, unnecessary fossil fuels, or nuclear facilities...etc. I hope you legalize it to stop pointless incarceration, alleviate pain, keep toxic chemicals and illegal drugs out of the marijuana, create jobs, and pay off some of the national debt. But there needs to be an immediate way of testing workers and drivers when they are stopped to dissuade people from driving drunk and high. If someone wants to get stoned they should be safe about it. Do it on your own time and stay home or get a designated driver.
i have arthritis and find releif from marijuana after i weaned myself from prescribed pharms.that made me sick
I do not condone abuse of any substance. I sign this petition in hopes that the government sees the benefits of decriminalizing a peace plant. As long as we continue to put a negative light on marijuana use we will blind ourselves from the healing power it provides to people. Let's not treat people who use this as medicine like everyday dealers. Legalization of marijuana could possibly slow down street dealers profit, why keep a war on what majority of the population wants ?