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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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1 day ago
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
May 18th, 2017
James B. from Theodore, AL writes:
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Cannabis: A Stone Age History There are millions that use plants for medicinal purposes. I know it as holistic medicine. I also recognize it as Chinese Medicine. China is one of the oldest known civilizations with a recorded history (Drug Library 2017). India may go back further, yet only recently have some of its mythological cities been discovered to be real, lying under a hundred feet of water. Their claims date more than 10, 000 years ago (Drug Library 2017). Their claims go further back than the oldest known civilizations in the Fertile Crescent, the Sumerians. Hebrews, Syrians, Persians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, all owe their existence to the Sumerians, yet Chinese and Indian traditions say they are older than the Sumerian traditions. Sumerians lived around 4000 BCE (AHE 2017). Caffeine in coffee dates back to the Indian tradition Materia Medica is consumed to promote energy (Dharmananda 2003). The aspirin consumed by millions everyday was first harvested from the Willow tree, a cure for the common headache (Julian 2017). Yet, there is something that has been around even longer: wheat. It has been around more than 10, 000 years. What does wheat do for us? It fights heart disease, stroke, cancer, and type-II diabetes (OIS 2017). Yet, none of these plants have the benefits and uses of cannabis. You see, cannabis fights seizures, in infants and children. It makes the cancer patient capable of consuming food with a drug called Marinol, HIV and AIDS patients included. Cesamet is another drug that is used to treat cancer patients for nausea, another use of Marinol. We also should add glaucoma, muscle spasms, severe pain, wasting disease. Breast cancer is the newest of the treatments to add to that older list (Alchimia 2001). Pharmacology is now turning its focus on the Endocannabinoid System (NCBI 2006). “For thousands of years, until 1883, hemp was the world’s largest agricultural crop, from which the majority of fiber, fabric, soap, lighting oil, paper, incense, and medicines were produced. In addition, it was a primary source of essential food oil and protein for humans and animals. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids necessary for health. The oil from hemp seeds has the highest percentage of essential fatty acids and the lowest percentage of saturated fats. (DYK 2017)” These are the medical reasons for legalization of cannabis sativa, along with any other version from the cannabinaceae family, that has fallen prey to the guiles of government over-reach. We know that cannabis has been used by humans for more than 12, 000 years, longer than wheat by several thousand years (Drug Library 2017). The Chinese are the oldest known civilization to cultivate the cannabis plant. These discovers in China are suffice to say, “man has cultivated hemp since the dawn of history (Drug Library 2017).” Research has shown that our bodies have receptors specifically for this plant. The endocannabinoid system is an actual system in the human body (Project CBD 2017). Evolution does not just create a system for no reason at all. Many of these receptors for cannabinoids have been found in immune cells, the clear majority are found in the brain (NCBI 2017). This plant has uses all over the human system, both ecological, and societal. This means there is more to cannabis than the myths perpetrated by a government whom have seceded too much power to themselves, while usurping it from the people. This plant feeds our immune system, something necessary for activation. This is but one among many cannabinoid-receptor functions in the body (NCBI 2017). It should not be illegal. Our bodies have evolved to use this plant in more ways than just a psychedelic high. It’s use goes back to stone age times, times before recorded history, found in the staples, long since buried. Its benefits hidden for more than 234 years now. Outlawed by government, though it was in uses since the dawn of civilization. Biodiversity has a role to play in the future of sustainability. Tropical forests are disappearing, hot spots are in grave danger the earth over. This global problem may be more dire than global warming itself (SimBio 2017). There have been long cycles on an earth where no ice existed. Extinction periods are in the record. Extinction is the key word. We can save species. We can breed them, and pollinate them. We can start in the most crucial areas. The focus of dollars on these hots spots makes sense. Preserving the habitats with the most species merit first place in the conservationism. The species diversity is the number one priority in any effort of preservation. How would one start to conserve these areas? Marijuana may be the right answer to preserve biodiversity, cultivating human need while maintaining the fauna and flora. A cycle of cold will come as sure as a cycle of heat, but because we are different from all other animals, because I can sit here and say this to you, and you understand, like no other animal. This means each of us can act to increase biodiversity, by saving biodiversity. Legalize Hemp. Hot Spot Zones account for little less than 3% of total land mass containing animal life. Biodiversity, then is extremely important (SimBio 2017). Everything should be done to conserve it. Unfortunately, in areas like Madagascar, whole forests are being cleared to make way for increasing agriculture and livelihoods. Cultivation of marijuana instead of other crops may be a solution. It would provide a higher dollar yield. An output, more than four times the pulp of wood. Every part of the plant has a use. The seeds make biofuel, like ethanol and biodiesel. The seeds make bird seed and cattle food. The fibers are used in cement, in particle board, also replaces 2x4’s and other types of wood. It replaces many different forms of fossil fuels, including plastics. The world should go back and revisit cannabis. It used to be our paper and food. It is not our enemy. This may even stem the tide of biopiracy. Marijuana must be legalized today. Marijuana has local and international appeal as a sustainable future. Resources: Julian, Percy (2017) NOVA: Plant Medicines. Retrieved from: http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/julian/media/lrk-disp-plantmedicines.pdf Organic Information Services (OIS) (2017). 11 Incredible Wheat Benefits. Retrieved from: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/cereal/wheat.html Henshaw, Ashley (2016). Ten Common Medicinal Plants And Their Uses. Retrieved from: https://www.symptomfind.com/health/medicinal-plants-and-their-uses/ NCBI (2017). Cannabinoid Receptors: Where They Are and What They Do. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18426493 Drug Library (2017). Marijuana-The First 12, 000 years. Retrieved from: http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/history/first12000/1.htm Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) (2017). The Sumerians of Mesopotamia. Retrieved from: http://www.ancient.eu/article/37/ Project CBD (2017). The Endocannabinoid System. Retrieved from: https://www.projectcbd.org/endocannabinoid-system NCBI (2006). The Endocannabinoid System as an Emerging Target of Pharmacology. Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2241751/ Alchimia (2001). Marijuana and Medicine: Cesamet, Marinol, Sativex. Retrived from: https://www.alchimiaweb.com/blogen/marijuana-and-medicine-cesamet-marinol-sativex/ Dharmananda, Subhuti (2003). Coffee in China. Retrieved from: http://www.itmonline.org/arts/coffee.htm SimBio (2017). Biodiversity Hotspots and Conservation. Section 3, page 22. Retrieved from: SimuText 2017 Did You Know (DYK) (2017). Hemp. Retrieved from: https://didyouknow.org/hemp/
May 10th, 2017
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