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Nick Kaiser

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LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA Marijuana Use in the United States - According to Forbes Magazine, 25 million Americans consume an estimated total of 31 million pounds of pot annually - One in three Americans admits to using marijuana at some point - It has moved from the counter culture to the mainstreem norm In 1619, Jamestown colony law declared that all settlers were required to grow cannabis (Hemp) HISTORY OF MARIJUANA IN AMERICA In 1797, George Washington grew hemp for fiber production at Mount Vernon as one of his primary crops Harry Jacob Anslinger was against the use of marijuana.
He formed The Federal Bureau of narcotics (FBN) in 1930. Anslinger claimed cannabis made people commit acts of violence and act overly sexual.
His claims were displayed in his propoganda video Reefer Madness.
This was the beginning of the negative outlook on marijuana. Legislation History Congress passed the Narcotics control act of 1956, which made possesion of cannabis a criminal offense
This offense was worthy of a minimum of 2 years in prison The 1970 controlled substance act made cannabis a class 1 controlled substace (in the same group as herion, cocaine, extacy, etc.) 1984 Comprehensive control Act created a three strike program that gave life sentences to repeat drug offenders This act also gave life sentances to King Pin Drug Traffikers The goal of this presentation is to show how marijuana is not a bad drug, and how its legalization could bring benefits to our country Benefits as a drug Nobody has EVER died from a marijuana overdose The main negative effect of marijuana comes from the carcinogens in the smoke, which are also present in cigarettes (completely legal) Marijuana is not physiologically addicting like other Painkillers, AD/HD meds, and anti-depressants OxyContin Percocet vomiting, suicidal impulses, electric shock-like sensations, constipation, cardiovascular and respiratory effects, and hallucinations are some common side effects of them Vicodin Ridalin Zoloft Some side effects of those other drugs: A weed smoker would never experience those vicious side effects "Marijuana should be legalized for Medical purposes" "Doctors and nurses have seen that for many patients, cannabis is more useful, less toxic, and less expensive than the conventional medicines prescribed for diverse syndromes and symptoms, including multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, migraine headaches, severe nausea and vomiting, convulsive disorders, the AIDS wasting syndrome, chronic pain, and many others." Lester Grinspoon, MD Harvard Medical School - "...almost every sick and dying patient I've ever known who's tried medical marijuana experienced a kinder death." Kate Scannell, MD
Northern California Ethics Department - Marijuana has been proven to help people with the following conditions

1. Alzheimer's Disease
2. Anorexia
4. Arthritis
5. Cachexia
6. Cancer
7. Crohn's Disease
8. Epilepsy
9. Glaucoma
10. HIV
11. Migraine
12. Multiple Sclerosis
13. Nausea
14. Pain
15. Spasticity
16. Wasting Syndrome" These Conditions were noted by The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) in their Nov. 2002 report titled "Descriptions of Allowable Conditions under State Medical Marijuana Laws":
"The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS -- or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day." Joycelyn Elders, MD
Former US Surgeon General - Cancer For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, Marijuana has proven to.....
Improve debilitating fatigue
restore appetite
diminish pain
remedy nausea
cure vomiting
curtail down-to-the bone weight loss Nausea, appetite loss, pain, and anxiety are all afflictions that go along with AIDs/HIV, and all can be alleviated by marijuana. AIDS/HIV Multiple Sclerosis "cannabis has a startling and profound effect on muscle spasms, tremors, balance, bladder control, AND speech and eyesight problems that go with MS. Many wheel-chair-bound patients report that they can walk unaided when they have smoked cannabis...." -Americans For Safe Access (ASA) (patient advocacy non-profit group) Epilepsy Marijuana has proven to reduce the frequency and violence of seizures in epileptic patients
Also, the human body quickly becomes accustomed to normal epilepsy medications, so doses are often increased over time. High doses of these meds can be dangerous.
Marijuana is a safe alternative These facts leave no question that marijuana has an astounding medicinal value The Market $ $ Illegal sales of marijuana and cannabis related products generates and estimated $10.5 to $113.5 billion in revenue each year from illegal sales. If these sales were regulated and taxed, the government could make approximately $2.4 billion to $31.1 billion strictly from sales tax. #Winning Sick Economy The United States Economy is currently experiencing a depression “The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition” - Endorsed by Milton freidman Said that Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation similar to that used for alcoholic beveragescould generate billions of dollars in revenues and billions more in savings on law enforcement. Savings on Law Enforcement Money could be saved on law enforcement in 3 different areas Police budgets devoted to marijuana arrests Judicial budget devoted to marijuana prosecutions Budget devoted to incarcerating marijuana prisoners Although it is currently illegal, marijuana is an inevitable part of the American ecomony Marijuana Production in the United States (2006) by Jon Gettman MARIJUANA AS A CASH CROP MARIJUANA IS THE LARGEST CASH CROP IN THE UNITED STATES Its value, at $35.8 billion dollars, makes it more valuable than corn and wheat Kentucky, Tennessee, Hawaii, and Washington all have marijuana crops worth over 1 billion dollars. Amsterdam: a city in which marijuana is integrated in the economy 100 Percent Legal Marijuana is sold at legitimate buisnesses and coffee shops There Aren't any serious problems with it A place where marijuana is legal? Still has a High standard of living, Low crime rates, and a Strong economy So, Marijuana has moved into the mainstream norm, it has numerous medicinal benifits, and can potentially cure our sick economy.
All Great reasons why the united states should..... Legalize It! Sources
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