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Legalization of marijuana

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Joe Walkowiak

on 1 October 2014

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Why Marijuana is Illegal in the United States
The Marijuana Tax Act was introduced in 1937. It required sellers to obtain a license and with some Legal wrangling over the issue without having this license they were arrested on tax violation.
About Marijuana
Over 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana in the U.S. each year.
42% of people in the U.S. have tried marijuana at least once.
Marijuana is legal and is not even classified as a drug in North Korea.
In the U.S., a sentence of life in prison without parole was given for trying to sell $10 of marijuana to an undercover officer.
Marijuana Polls
Mr. Helm's 2nd Block Civics & Economics Class (28):
Legalize Marijuana:
Recreational - 81.5%
Medicinal - 89.3%
Legalize Hemp & Hemp Productions - 51.9%

Hamilton Student Body, Teachers and Staff (57):
Legalize Marijuana:
Recreational - 75.4%
Medicinal - 98.2%
Legalize Hemp & Hemp Productions - 98%

Total Poll Averages (85):
Legalize Marijuana:
Recreational - 77.4%
Medicinal - 95.2%
Legalize Hemp & Hemp Productions - 82.1%
Monetary Pros for Legalization of Marijuana
Health Benefits of Marijuana Legalization
Studies in the early 1970's show that marijuana when smoked lower ocular hypertension which is the pressure on the eye (can cause blindness if not cured)

A marijuana-derived compound forces cancer cells to freeze and prevents them from spreading.

Hemp Products
Paper (The Declaration of Independence)
Books (The Bible)
Furniture fabrics/coverings
Canvas for ship sails and coverings
Medicinal Oils
Medicinal Foods
Medicinal Inhalants
Alternative fuel
Hemp Crete
Hemp Insulation
Pros For Legalization of Marijuana
Cons for Legalization of Marijuana
Who is For Legalization of Marijuana?
Legalization of
One major positive of marijuana legalization for America is we would raise $8.7 Billion in tax revenue in the first year.
In Colorado there has been a job increase of over 12,000 jobs as of January 2014
In one month Washington's marijuana market of 18 stores raised $3.8 million in sales, $1 million in tax revenue.
A study published in the American Medical Association showed that use of marijuana actually does not impair lung function but actually increases lung capacity.

2009 population-based case-control study found that moderate marijuana smoking over a 20-year period was associated with reduced risk of head and neck cancer.
A study in 2003 done by Robert j. DeLorenzo on epileptic rats they had used a marijuana extract and synthetic marijuana and had gotten rid of the seizures for about 10 hours.
For many people they believe that anyone who will be using marijuana at the work place, school, and home will be incapable of doing simple tasks and working with heavy machinery
Both sides are for and against the legalization of marijuana But out of 50 of the 100 senators not a single one has announced support for or against the full legalization of marijuana use.
People also believe that if marijuana would be legalized, the use would increase. Some also believe that the use of marijuana causes cancer, and is a leader in causes of motor vehicle accidents due to impaired driving.
It is believed that people over dose on marijuana when it becomes legal because it is so readily available. It is also thought that the use in minors would go up, and that the age people start using marijuana would go up.
Marijuana is known as the "gateway drug" and if the use of marijuana is legalized and numbers of use go up, other narcotics will be used more.
In a study in New Zealand showed that people who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost an average of 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38
Know problems with using marijuana
Marijuana use during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of neuro-behavioral problems in babies
Long-term marijuana users trying to quit report withdrawal symptoms including irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving, all of which can make it difficult to abstain.
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