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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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Jul 11th, 2017
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Jun 29th, 2017
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Jun 25th, 2017
Michael H. from Rockmart, GA writes:
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I believe an all natural alternative to medicine such cannabis would be better for the body. I am bipolar and it is one of the few things that calms my mind of so many thoughts at once.
Jun 16th, 2017
Brandi W. from Mc Calla, AL signed.
Jun 7th, 2017
Someone from Bassett, VA writes:
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I have chronic pain,inflammation,nerve damage,mood disorder,bi polar,adhd, bone arthritis, then why should I take 12 medications , that are harmful because of the numerous side effects, that are to exspensive for me to aford,when weed can an does relive 90 % of my problems????
May 24th, 2017
Matthew L. from Livermore, CA writes:
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Also, 60% of Americans now support legalization. This number continues to grow. If MJ ran for president she would win in a landslide! All jokes aside, you never had the Constitutional authority to ban her in the first place. Stop treating your constituents like children.
May 19th, 2017
Someone from Omaha, NE writes:
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29 states have it legalized, well the other 21 need to accept cannabis as a form of medication an not see it as a drug. As it's a plant not a chemically engineered drug like what company's like Pfizer, Bayer, GSK, stamp out everyday! I'm sick of the bull that has spread across the USA telling citizens weed is a drug it's bad for you. Meth, Cocaine, Flakka, Heroin, LSD are all drugs. I'll give you an example : I was ina hospital bed for 2 days, with oxygen tube in my nose & intravenous in my arm because i blacked out. This stuff called Lamotrigine they put me on has more side effects than weed alone. Just accept the fact pot heads, cannabis users are right an your all wrong. Willie Nelson is still alive an he's been smoking weed for 30+ years, Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogen, Miley Cyrus, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Maher, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George Bush, Brad Pit, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Mathew McConaughey, James, Franco, Morgan Freeman, Jenifer Aniston, Tommy Chong, Doug Benson, Charlize Theron, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Timber Lake, Harrison Ford, Joe Rogan, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Smith, Cameron Diaz, Paul McCartney, Dave Chappelle, Ron White all these Celebs smoke weed an neither have any of them have died from it. Not only would legalizing Cannabis, Weed bring in Tax Revenue, it would allow for states like Nebraska in it's $200,000,000 debt to thrive from the Tax Revenue an use it to improve the cities an State which has the worst over spending habit ever. There's more useless crap going up in Nebraska as well as the debt. If weed was legal in all 50 states these states could use that tax revenue to fix its problems, like roads, buildings, Colleges, hotels, hospitals, state buildings, court houses, an other problems that currently have them spending more money than they really have. Legalizing it would create jobs in America, more American jobs less Made in China crap. Trump is all for making American Jobs, but this group of people who just don't really care about America are holding back thousands if not millions of jobs that would come with legalization of Cannabis or Weed. I don't agree with the one choice to treat problems, an i'm talking about prescription drugs, I want the ability to chose how i treat my problems with a natural plant instead of being told repeatedly by all these doctor's " just take this pill ". I've got a question for congress: If your child or children had a medical condition that was treatable with Cannabis or prescription drugs which would you chose ? Knowing the prescription drugs cause other problems to your child's health an maybe even death due to the cocktail of drugs your child has been given, & or switched to because the 1st one wasn't working. Would you rather see your child or children laying in a hospital bed, with a breathing tube down their throats, Intravenous in their arms keeping them alive or see your child or children alive so you can see them grow up. I bet most if not all of you would much rather see your child or children alive rather than watching them die slowly in a hospital bed with breathing tubes, & intravenous in their arms. An all of the hospital bills, breathing tubes, intravenous in their arms, could be completely avoided by a simple plant called weed. Citizens of the USA have problems an having only one choice to treat their problems is not fare, nor is it right. Everyone should have the right to chose how to treat their problems without someone chiming in on their personal life
May 19th, 2017
Someone from Omaha, NE writes:
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29 states have it legalized, well the other 21 need to accept cannabis as a form of medication an not see it as a drug. As it's a plant not a chemically engineered drug like what company's like Pfizer, Bayer, GSK, stamp out everyday! I'm sick of the bull that has spread across the USA telling citizens weed is a drug it's bad for you. Meth, Cocaine, Flakka, Heroin, LSD are all drugs. I'll give you an example : I was ina hospital bed for 2 days, with oxygen tube in my nose & intravenous in my arm because i blacked out. This stuff called Lamotrigine they put me on has more side effects than weed alone. Just accept the fact pot heads, cannabis users are right an your all wrong. Willie Nelson is still alive an he's been smoking weed for 30+ years, Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogen, Miley Cyrus, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Maher, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George Bush, Brad Pit, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Mathew McConaughey, James, Franco, Morgan Freeman, Jenifer Aniston, Tommy Chong, Doug Benson, Charlize Theron, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Timber Lake, Harrison Ford, Joe Rogan, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Smith, Cameron Diaz, Paul McCartney, Dave Chappelle, Ron White all these Celebs smoke weed an neither have any of them have died from it. Not only would legalizing Cannabis, Weed bring in Tax Revenue, it would allow for states like Nebraska in it's $200,000,000 debt to thrive from the Tax Revenue an use it to improve the cities an State which has the worst over spending habit ever. There's more useless crap going up in Nebraska as well as the debt. If weed was legal in all 50 states these states could use that tax revenue to fix its problems, like roads, buildings, Colleges, hotels, hospitals, state buildings, court houses, an other problems that currently have them spending more money than they really have. Legalizing it would create jobs in America, more American jobs less Made in China crap. Trump is all for making American Jobs, but this group of people who just don't really care about America are holding back thousands if not millions of jobs that would come with legalization of Cannabis or Weed. I don't agree with the one choice to treat problems, an i'm talking about prescription drugs, I want the ability to chose how i treat my problems with a natural plant instead of being told repeatedly by all these doctor's " just take this pill ". I've got a question for congress: If your child or children had a medical condition that was treatable with Cannabis or prescription drugs which would you chose ? Knowing the prescription drugs cause other problems to your child's health an maybe even death due to the cocktail of drugs your child has been given, & or switched to because the 1st one wasn't working. Would you rather see your child or children laying in a hospital bed, with a breathing tube down their throats, Intravenous in their arms keeping them alive or see your child or children alive so you can see them grow up. I bet most if not all of you would much rather see your child or children alive rather than watching them die slowly in a hospital bed with breathing tubes, & intravenous in their arms. An all of the hospital bills, breathing tubes, intravenous in their arms, could be completely avoided by a simple plant called weed. Citizens of the USA have problems an having only one choice to treat their problems is not fare, nor is it right. Everyone should have the right to chose how to treat their problems without someone chiming in on their personal life