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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LEGALIZE IT
It's just time for it to be done. There are a lot more issue to keep the police and government busy instead of arguing the inevitable.
This should've been done LONG ago. Really never should've been made illegal in the first place. Come on y'all - if it's legalized, it would be quality controlled for safety, taxed for revenue, and certainly provide lots of jobs. The laws that apply to alcohol could also apply to the ganja. One major opponent to this is the tobacco industry, especially since weed has been proven to be less hazardous than tobacco - no one gets cancer from the gage. Another is the criminal justice system: legalization will give cops, prosecutors, judges, jailers and rehab centers a lot less to do...I mean think of the profits they'll lose when no poor person gets sent up for years just for possession, no celeb or other well heeled type needs to hide behind rehab center walls, etc. In the interest of fairness for all, we need marijuana to be legalized NOW!
Id say I would have to agree w the 28 grams :-)
I like the way you thinking but 7 grams ain't nothing I'm a say that now know if you were to say 28 I could agree with that that is one ounce and an ounce can last a whole month where 7 grams Will only last maybe a week
It is a basic human right to use marijuana!!! Remember our history of preserving our personal freedoms!!!!! TIME FOR CHANGE!!!!!!!!