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Federalization of Marijuana

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Transcript of Federalization of Marijuana

Introduction
To decriminalize marijuana on a federal level. Letting states regulate to their discretion. Will remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances.
Economics
Economics-Why the change would be good for America....
Prohibition has failed to control the use and domestic production of marijuana...
Medical Benefits
The use of Cannabis for medicinal purposes dates back to ancient times. (National Cancer Institute)
How convenient it would be to do this policy change- Economically
Social Acceptance
think doctors should be allowed to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses. (CBSnews Poll)
Economics Continued...
$190 million is the amount in taxes and fees legal marijuana is projected to raise for the state of Washington over four years starting in mid-2015, according to the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council
Federal legalization would lead to a better accessibility of marijuana for medical issues.
It will lead to more funding, leading to better and more adequate research for the future of medical marijuana. (Wastila & Palumbo, 2013)
Federal legalization will provide medical benefits for many Americans currently suffering.
This is a social issue because proper healthcare is a problem in the United States.
Federalization of Marijuana
Main Points
Economics
Medical
Legal Aspects
Political History
Job Industry
Cannabis and cannabinoids have been studied for relief of pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite.
Benefits for people suffering for chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Crohn's and cancer.
Why is this good for the United States Public?
86%
51%
say they think the use of marijuana should be made legal.
Acceptance of the public has risen greatly for the legalization of Marijuana
If marijuana is legalized then it could be taxed. Those tax dollars can go to help manage state budgets.
$6.17 million was the amount of tax revenue collected in Colorado on legal marijuana sales in just the first two months of 2014.
Colorado can gain about $98 Million in a fiscal year according to a recent budget proposal from Gov. John Hickenlooper
$40 million is the amount of marijuana tax revenue Colorado is devoting to public school construction.
$105 million is the estimated annual sales tax revenue generated by medical marijuana dispensaries in California
According to Hopper, “Flight search demand for Denver has been 6.3% above the national search average since December 1st.” During the first week of January flight searches were up 14 percent. - There is a chance of boosting tourism
References
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/19/benefits-legalizing-weed-by-the-numbers_n_5173785.html

http://justsaynow.firedoglake.com/2014/02/25/these-5-numbers-show-marijuana-legalization-is-going-well-in colorado/
$17.4 billion is the estimated total amount that marijuana prohibition cost states and federal governments, according to a 2010 study by Harvard University economist Jeffrey Miron
Legalizing marijuana would greatly reduce the burden of America’s prison system on taxpayers.
In total, in prosecuting and policing individuals with regards to marijuana, between $7 billion and $10 billion was spent — and that’s just last year.... 90% of those cases were for possession only.
Taxpayers will be affected by
the proposed policy change
http://www.people-press.org/2014/04/02/americas-new-drug-policy-landscape/4-2-14-12/
It would be very convenient to legalize marijuana across the country...
Not only will it bring in additional tax dollars that are not coming from anywhere else, we will save money in prohibition, and those tax dollars can be used toward something more productive
Wastila, L.S., Palumbo, F.B.(2013). Medical Marijuana Legislation: What we know and what we don’t know. Journal of Health Care Law & Policy.16:1. 59-75.doi:805631447

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/majority-of-americans-now-support-legal-pot-poll-says/
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/patient/page2

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/five-reasons-cops-want-to-legalize-marijuana-20130627
http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/reportsandstatistics/documents/fy2012%20annual%20report.pdf
http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/spe01.pdf
Legal Aspects/Prisons (DOC)
In 2011 there was 1,341,797 prisoners in the State prison System (DOC)
Out of them 222,738 were convected of a "non-violent" drug offense.
And out of them drug offenders 55,013 was a possession charge.
Overall increase of 97,486 since 2004.
Legal Aspects/Prisons cont......
The annual cost to house a state prison inmate in 2001 was over $22,000 per year or over $62 a day.
Now times that $62 a day by just the 55,013 inmates in lock-up for just possession. $3,410,806 PER DAY PER OFFENDER
In Illinois it costs us $574,864 per DAY
Probation & Parole......
In 2009 over 1 million people were on probation for a drug offense and 294,951 were on parole.
The more state workers needed to "keep tabs" on theses "non-violent" offenders.
Prisons cont......
In the state of Illinois over 9,000 of the 48,000+ inmates are drug offenders.
People of Color......
In the state of Illinois 33,848 of the 48,324 inmates in the care of D.O.C. are Blacks and Hispanic.
45,490 males....fathers, sons, brothers, uncles.
Ranging from the age of 17-91
According to the Prison Population on the IDOC website.
So How Does Some Law Enforcement See it........
LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) "Loosening our pot policy wouldn't necessarily condone drug use, but control it, while helping cops to achieve their ultimate goal of increasing public safety."
Law Enforcement....
Five reason that some cops say "Legalize it"
1. Public Safety
2.Cops want to focus on crimes "that hurt real victims.
3.Cops want strong relationships with the communities they serve.
4. The war on pot encourages bad-and even illegal-police practices.
5.Cops want to stop kids from abusing drugs.
Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986
An Act to strengthen Federal efforts to encourage foreign cooperation in eradicating illicit drug crops and in halting international drug traffic, to improve enforcement of Federal drug laws and enhance interdiction of illicit drug shipments, to provide strong Federal leadership in establishing effective drug abuse prevention and education programs, to expand Federal support for drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation efforts, and for other purposes.
Legalization = More Jobs
Legalization would create numerous revenue generating industries such as coffee houses, gardening equipment and paraphernalia.
The city of Amsterdam, with a million people, boasts 300 coffee houses retailing cannabis.
This in the U.S would translate into over 60,000 retailers and over 100,000 jobs.
As the demand grows more businesses open and creates more jobs.
WeGrow stores are currently open around Arizona and employ about 75 people at each location
History Cont
1960's marijuana becomes more widely excepted
1970's Repeal current sentencing
1972 Shafer Commission
1980's WAR ON DRUGS
1989 STILL AT WAR
1996 California is the first state to legalize medical marijuana use
Corruption in Marijuana
History of the criminalization of marijuana
1900's-20's: beginning of recreational use.
1930: Federal Bureau of Narcotics established
1932 Uniform State Narcotic Act
1936 REEFER MADNESS
1937 Marijuana Tax Act
1940's WWII Hemp Demand
1950's Uniform Federal laws
Racism
Mexican Immagrants
African Americans
Reefer Madness/False Portrayal of Marijuana
Falsely practiced studies.
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