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Issue Position: Marijuana

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First and foremost, having state marijuana laws is illegal double billing the taxpayers, because there are more than enough federal marijuana laws. Federal marijuana laws are spelled "marijuana" and "marihuana".

Because the many laws are spelled different ways, and listed under different U.S.C. Titles, it is a form of fraudulent concealment of all of the laws you will be accused of violating in Court.

1. marijuana is fun for adults to use in the privacy of their own homes or property

2. marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol, and people should have an
equal right under the law to make their own choice

3. if marijuana was legal and a person thought their spouse or child was over-doing it, similar to drinking too much alcohol, they could go to a rehab and it might be paid for by insurance, rather than face criminal charges

4. legalizing and taxing marijuana will create an enormous tax revenue

5. handcuffing and shackling a person and putting them in prison causes far more harm than marijuana

6. There are millions of regular pot smokers in America and millions more infrequent smokers. Smoking pot clearly has far fewer dangerous and hazardous effects on society than legal drugs such as alcohol.

7. Prohibition has failed to control the use and domestic production of marijuana. The government has tried to use criminal penalties to prevent marijuana use for over 75 years and yet: marijuana is now used by over 25 million people annually, cannabis is currently the largest cash crop in the United States, and marijuana is grown all over the planet. Claims that marijuana prohibition is a successful policy are ludicrous and unsupported by the facts, and the idea that marijuana will soon be eliminated from America and the rest of the world is a ridiculous fantasy.

8. Arrests for marijuana possession disproportionately affect blacks and Hispanics and reinforce the perception that law enforcement is biased and prejudiced against minorities. African-Americans account for approximately 13% of the population of the United States and about 13.5% of annual marijuana users, however, blacks also account for 26% of all marijuana arrests. Recent studies have demonstrated that blacks and Hispanics account for the majority of marijuana possession arrests in New York City, primarily for smoking marijuana in public view. Law enforcement has failed to demonstrate that marijuana laws can be enforced fairly without regard to race; far too often minorities are arrested for marijuana use while white/non-Hispanic Americans face a much lower risk of arrest.

9. A regulated, legal market in marijuana would reduce marijuana sales and use among teenagers, as well as reduce their exposure to other drugs in the illegal market. The illegality of marijuana make it more valuable than if it were legal, providing opportunities for teenagers to make easy money selling it to their friends. If the excessive profits for marijuana sales were ended through legalization there would be less incentive for teens to sell it to one another. Teenage use of alcohol and tobacco remain serious public health problems even though those drugs are legal for adults, however, the availability of alcohol and tobacco is not made even more widespread by providing kids with economic incentives to sell either one to their friends and peers.

10. Legalized marijuana would reduce the flow of money from the American economy to international
criminal gangs. Marijuana's illegality makes foreign cultivation and smuggling to the United States extremely profitable, sending billions of dollars overseas in an underground economy while diverting funds from productive economic development.

11. Marijuana's legalization would simplify the development of hemp as a valuable and diverse agricultural crop in the United States, including its development as a new bio-fuel to reduce carbon emissions. Canada and European countries have managed to support legal hemp cultivation without legalizing marijuana, but in the United States opposition to legal marijuana remains the biggest obstacle to development of industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity. As US energy policy continues to embrace and promote the development of bio-fuels as an alternative to oil dependency and a way to reduce carbon emissions, it is all the more important to develop industrial hemp as a bio-fuel source - especially since use of hemp stalks as a fuel source will not increase demand and prices for food, such as corn. Legalization of marijuana will greatly simplify the regulatory burden on prospective hemp cultivation in the United States.

12. Prohibition is based on lies and disinformation. Justification of marijuana's illegality increasingly requires distortions and selective uses of the scientific record, causing harm to the credibility of teachers, law enforcement officials, and scientists throughout the country. The dangers of marijuana use have been exaggerated for almost a century and the modern scientific record does not support the reefer madness predictions of the past and present. Many claims of marijuana's danger are based on old 20th century prejudices that originated in a time when science was uncertain how marijuana produced its characteristic effects. Since the cannabinoid receptor system was discovered in the late 1980s these hysterical concerns about marijuana's dangerousness have not been confirmed with modern research. Everyone agrees that marijuana, or any other drug use such as alcohol or tobacco
use, is not for children. Nonetheless, adults have demonstrated over the last several decades that
marijuana can be used moderately without harmful impacts to the individual or society.

13. Marijuana is not a lethal drug and is safer than alcohol. It is established scientific fact that marijuana is not toxic to humans; marijuana overdoses are nearly impossible, and marijuana is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. It is unfair and unjust to treat marijuana users more harshly under the law than the users of alcohol or tobacco.

14. Marijuana is too expensive for our justice system and should instead be taxed to support beneficial government programs. Law enforcement has more important responsibilities than arresting 750,000 individuals a year for marijuana possession, especially given the additional justice costs of disposing of each of these cases. Marijuana arrests make justice more expensive and less efficient in the United States, wasting jail space, clogging up court systems, and diverting time of police, attorneys, judges, and corrections officials away from violent crime, the sexual abuse of children, and terrorism. Furthermore, taxation of marijuana can provide needed and generous funding of many important criminal justice and social programs.

15. Marijuana use has positive attributes, such as its medical value and use as a recreational drug with relatively mild side effects. Many people use marijuana because they have made an informed decision that it is good for them, especially Americans suffering from a variety of serious ailments. Marijuana provides relief from pain, nausea, spasticity, and other symptoms for many individuals who have not been treated successfully with conventional medications. Many American adults prefer marijuana to the use of alcohol as a mild and moderate way to relax. Americans use marijuana because they choose to, and one of the reasons for that choice is their personal observation that the drug has a relatively low dependence liability and easy-to-manage side effects. Most marijuana users develop tolerance to many of marijuana's side effects, and those who do not, choose to stop using the drug. Marijuana use is the result of informed consent in which individuals have decided that the benefits of use outweigh the risks, especially since, for most Americans, the greatest risk of using marijuana is the relatively low risk of arrest.

16. Marijuana users are determined to stand up to the injustice of marijuana probation and accomplish legalization, no matter how long or what it takes to succeed. Despite the threat of arrests and a variety of other punishments and sanctions marijuana users have persisted in their support for legalization for over a generation. They refuse to give up their long quest for justice because they believe in the fundamental values of American society. Prohibition has failed to silence marijuana users despite its best attempts over the last generation. The issue of marijuana's legalization is a persistent issue that, like marijuana, will simply not go away. Marijuana will be legalized because marijuana users will continue to fight for it until they succeed.

17. Liberty: people deserve freedom to use marijuana. The most basic reason that marijuana should be legal is that there is no good reason for it not to be legal. Some people ask 'why should marijuana be legalized?" but we should ask "Why should marijuana be illegal?" From a philosophical
point of view, individuals deserve the right to make choices for themselves. The government only has a right to limit those choices if the individual's actions endanger someone else. This does not apply to marijuana, since the individual who chooses to use marijuana does so according to his or her own free will. The government also may have a right to limit individual actions if the actions pose a significant threat to the individual. But this argument does not logically apply to marijuana because marijuana is far less dangerous than some drugs which are legal, such as alcohol and tobacco. Individuals deserve the right to decide whether or not they should use marijuana. The government should not tell individuals what to do as long as they do not harm others.

18. Cost: keeping marijuana illegal is expensive. An important reason that marijuana should be legal is that it would save our government lots of money. In the United States, all levels of government (federal, state, and local authorities) participate in the "War on Drugs." We currently spend billions of dollars every year to chase peaceful people who happen to like to get high. These people get locked up in prison and the taxpayers have to foot the bill. We have to pay for food, housing, health care, attorney fees, court costs, and other expenses to lock these people up. This is extremely expensive!
We could save billions of dollars every year as a nation if we stop wasting money locking people up for having marijuana. In addition, if marijuana were legal, the government would be able to collect
taxes on it, and would have a lot more money to pay for effective drug education programs and other important causes. We would have more money to spend on important problems if marijuana were legal.

19. Failure: prohibition doesn't help. A major reason that marijuana should be legal is because prohibition does not help the country in any way, and causes a lot of problems. There is no good
evidence that prohibition decreases drug use, and there are several theories that suggest prohibition
might actually increase drug use (i.e. the "forbidden fruit" effect, and easier accessibility for youth).
One unintended effect of marijuana prohibition is that marijuana is very popular in American high schools. Why? Because it is available. You don't have to be 21 to buy marijuana -- marijuana dealers usually don't care how old you are as long as you have money. It is actually easier for many high school students to obtain marijuana than it is for them to obtain alcohol, because alcohol is legal and therefore regulated to keep it away from kids. If our goal is to reduce drug consumption, then we should focus on open and honest programs to educate youth, regulation to keep drugs away from kids, and treatment programs for people with drug problems. But the current prohibition scheme does not allow such reasonable approaches to marijuana; instead we are stuck with 'DARE' police officers spreading lies about drugs in schools, and policies that result in jail time rather than treatment for people with drug problems. We tried prohibition with alcohol, and that failed miserably. We should be able to learn our lesson and stop repeating the same mistake. Prohibition does not work. Education and treatment are better ways to address the drug problem.

20. Medicinal use: Marijuana can be used as medicine because it helps to stimulate apetite and relieve nausea in cancer and AIDS patients.

21. Hemp: The hemp plant is a valuable natural resource. Legalizing marijuana would eliminate the confusion surrounding hemp and allow us to take advantage of hemp's agricultural and industrial uses.

22. Religious Use:Some religions instruct their followers to use marijuana. Just like Christianity and Judaism instruct their followers to drink wine on certain occaisions, some Hindus, Buddhists, Rastafarians, and members of other religions use marijuana as part of their spiritual and religious ceremonies. These people deserve the freedom to practice their religion as they see fit. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says that the government cannot 'prohibit the free exercise' of religion, and so marijuana should be legal.

23. Americans who are tired of living in fear of their government because of marijuana prohibition.

24. Americans are fed up with the intrusion into our personal lives, with urine testing at work and at school, with armed home invasions, and with the possibility of prison because of a plant.

25. Americans feel it is time for the 20 million Americans who smoke marijuana on a regular basis to stop hiding their love for this plant and unite as one large body of voters to demand an end to the unconstitutional prohibition of marijuana and the drug war. The U.S. cannot lock up 20 million people.

26. The War on Drugs causes more harm than the drugs themselves ever will.

27. United WE are a potential 20 million vote political machine. WE want to live free and WE must be determined to stand up, be counted, demonstrate, rally, and write.

28. Waiting for the government to silence us all in the American prison system is not an option! Too many of our brethren are there, in prison right now.

29. More Americans are in jail today for marijuana offenses than at any previous time in American history. The war against marijuana is a genocidal war waged against us by a government determined to eradicate our plant, our culture, our freedom and our political rights.

30. Cannabis is a vegetable and an essential nutritional component of our diet. We are nutritionally deficient in cannabis and have the symptoms of Cannabis Nutritional Deficiency Disease. We should be juicing pot, eating it raw (it is NOT psychoactive when eaten raw and many times more medicinal ) and cooked, enjoying the seeds ( great protein source ) and roots and having a good smoke afterward. Eat weed!

31. We need to March in Peaceful Protest on Washington, D.C. Saturday, April 20, 2013 by getting at least 3 million people to walk with us for solidarity and freedom to make our own choices. Politicians will be overwhelmed at the news, even though they probably won't be in their offices on Saturday, and they will have to listen to us.

The Peace Day 420 Walk asks for no picket signs, so wear your sign on your t-shirt or paint it on your jacket. They ask for no yelling or chanting, but you should sing songs and beat on drums. There will be many events, the link above is just an example of one of them.

The cops would not be able to stop 3 million people, the National guard couldn't unless they shoot us, and hopefully they won't murder and kill peaceful protesters. Until a HUGE group walks on Washington, D.C. it will many more years of abuse agasint our freedom of choice will continue, and how drug companies will continue to make enormous profits selling "legal" prescription drugs with unhealthy side effects. It should be illegal for you to grow your own marijuana.

32. For God's sake, when God was allowed in the schools and the Courtrooms, Hemp built this country, but shamless lobbyists for tobacco took over and elected officials bowed down to money.

When the United States Declaration of Independence was signed, Marijuana and Hemp were Legal.

When the United States Constitution was signed, Marijuana and Hemp were Legal.

Hemp has over 100 industrial uses plus it makes OIL. The rich don't like it because they can't figure out a way to make profits from it, but smart buisiness men would see that Hemp is an amazing product that can make 1000's of things. It has 85% Cellulose when tree's only have 40%, that's why Hemp makes better paper.

33. What if God was one of us, walking among us in this generation, smoking pot? Holy Bible, Old Testament, Genesis, God gave us every seed bearing plant.


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