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Transcript of Marijuana
Avery, Sam, Tevin, Alexis, Yunus
Reasons for Argument
Public Health, Criminal Justice, Economics
1. Policy remains the same
2. Remove from Controlled Substances Act Schedules
3. Easy to obtain for patients who need it
Strengthen the US economy
Less money spent
consumption prior to driving/operating machinery.
Private prison owners would lose money.
Remove marijuana from Controlled Substances Act
Bills already considered.6
Descheduling and FDA
Inmates with marijuana charges
In 2012, most drug related arrests were for possession
82.2% for possession
17.8% for manufacturing or distribution
Half of total was for marijuana 2
Cost of criminal justice process
$40 billion 3
$8.7 billion could be saved
Colorado marijuana sales
$1.24 million in tax revenue in January 4
Only accounts for half of retailers
Some not a full month report
$98 million next fiscal year
Since the Controlled Substances Act, more research on the medical benefits of marijuana
relief for patients suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy and others. 5
20 states have legalized marijuana for medical use only
Arrests fail to discontinue distribution & consumption of marijuana.
Medical & economic losses continue.
Tax revenue, more jobs, and treatment for sick.
Step forward fro economic & social freedom.
58% of class has been or knows someone who has been arrested.
Preconceived cultural norms hold us back.
1. (May 2013). Removing Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. Retrieved from http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/marijuana-reclassification-removing-marijuana-controlled-substances-act
2. (August 1, 2013). Marijuana. Retrieved from http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Marijuana#sthash.AJphocTS.dpbs
3. Alcyone. (January 8, 2013) US Has 330,000 Drug Offenders in Prison, Spends More On Drug War Than Cost to End World Hunger. Retrieved from http://consciouslifenews.com/330000-drug-offenders-prison-spends-drug-war-cost-world-hunger/#
4. Sanders, K. (February 3, 2014) Pot buyers add more than $1M to Colorado tax coffers. Retrieved from http://www.today.com/money/pot-buyers-add-more-1m-colorado-tax-coffers-2D12035047
5. (May 2013) Medical Marijuana Overview. Retrieved from http://www.mpp.org/reports/medical-marijuana-overview.html
6. Blumenauer et al. (February 05, 2013). H.R. 499: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013. Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr499/text
7. Young, S. (2013, August 7). Marijuana stops child's severe seizures. CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/
Born in 2006, diagnosed with Dravet syndrome at 3 months.
300 grand mal seizures per week.
Marijuana was last resort.
3 to 4 seizures per month with medical marijuana.
Classified as a narcotic drug.
Outlawed under Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
High potential for abuse.
No currently accepted medical benefits.
Benefits to United States
Whats The Deal About Marijuana?