Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide

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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Public Comments (1,815)
May 1st, 2019
James T. from Oklahoma City, OK writes:
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If marijuana goes across the board legal even people like me could use it with out worrying about the drug test it would increase things from stores to farmers the tax dollars from sales of the weed and stores money increase and farmers from weed to the food farmers would increase people go back to work more money is generated as well if it goes state by state then it is only legal for some if you knew how many smoke it you would find out making it leagal as booze on a federal level would generate lots more money and jails wouldn’t be clogged and people wouldn’t loose jobs in turn taxes to be paid will be cut as well just sit and think about it
May 1st, 2019
Someone from Myrtle Beach, SC writes:
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It needs to be legalized the ignorance has gone on long enough!
Mar 25th, 2019
Someone from Amelia Court House, VA writes:
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Legalize for adult consumption. I feel like 18 is appropriate, as I feel it’s a safer choice than alcohol. It’s safer than tobacco. Overdose is an impossibly. Legalization equals revenue, less crime, fewer dui’s, less domestic violence etc.
Mar 22nd, 2019
Someone from Wichita Falls, TX writes:
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Legalize it for adults over 21 the same as alcohol , alcohol related deaths happen annually, but not pot .if not abused can have great health benefits.plus tax revenues will hit the roof.education is a must on tbe topic
Mar 22nd, 2019
Twyla M. from Wichita Falls, TX writes:
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Legalize it for adults over 21 the same as alcohol , alcohol related deaths happen annually, but not pot .if not abused can have great health benefits.plus tax revenues will hit the roof.education is a must on tbe topic
Mar 15th, 2019
Ruth S. from Rochester, NY writes:
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Marijuana ruined my kids lives, they are both very addicted and when they stop they get sick and can't sleep or eat, this drug should not be legal, its ruining lives and putting others at risk when people are driving while they are high, I was almost in an accident because of a driver who was under the influence. Lives should be more important than money!
Oct 22nd, 2018
Bill S. from New Market, AL writes:
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The only reason Marijuana remains illegal on a federal level is because the biggest spending congressional lobby group is pharmaceutical interest, out spending even big oil by a margin of 2 to 1. Having sof much money to spread around and pad the wallets of Congressmen is great for them, but bad for Americans...especially those that can benefit from medical use of marijuana. Do you think that pharmaceutical companies don't realize what a blow to their bottom line would be created if Americans had legal access to marijuana? If they could have found a way to patent the plant itself it would have been legal decades ago, but since they can't they only see it as competition to their man-made narcotics. It truly is a "miracle plant" because it can be used to treat the symptoms of so many conditions, and before it was criminalized in 1937 all doctors used it to treat everything from colicky babies, to migraines, to women's menstation pains, to getting addicts free of their addiction to opium/herion/morphine/alcohol. It's all about the money, and when the politicians realize that they can get their wallets padded more from legal marijuana than from the interests that lobby to keep it illegal they will then legalize it....in other word with it legal there would be more money on the coffers for them to steal!
Oct 18th, 2018
Marsha T. from Mize, MS writes:
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100% should be legal. The country would be better off financially better and those of us who suffer from chronic pain and anxiety with out having to take an addictive drug.
Oct 12th, 2018
Brandon O. from Henrico, VA writes:
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100% should be legalized, it has been proven in many ways to be helpful, physical health, mental health, and help with creating biodegradable useable materials(rope, plastics, and more). Getting out of national debt could happen with complete legalization. Study this, that, those, we have enough info from legalization in other states for a green light on marijuana!
Jun 6th, 2018
John M. from John Day, OR writes:
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It's been legalized by the majority of states. What's the hold up? You work for us!!!!! It's a no brainier to legalize marijuana!

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