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Legalize Marijuana

connor smith

on 5 March 2012

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By Connor Smith LEGALIZE IT 1 Medicinal Benefits: 2 legalizing pot and thus ceasing to arrest, prosecute and imprison nonviolent offenders could save the state $1 billion a year. In 1996 California became one of the first states in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Currently, $200 million in medical-marijuana sales are subject to sales tax. Pot is California's biggest cash crop, responsible for $14 billion a year in sales, dwarfing the state's second largest agricultural commodity milk and cream which brings in $7.3 billion a year, according to the most recent USDA statistics. Economic Benefits: 3 4 12 11 10 9 Conclusion: This presentation is in no way attempting to encourage the illegal use of marijuana. Its purpose however, is to educate and inform you of the natural, economic and social benefits to the legalization of marijuana in the united states. 8 7 6 The medicinal use of marijuana has been decriminalized in 13 states around the country, including California. By some estimates, there are over 2000 dispensaries in California, greater than the number of Starbucks, McDonald’s, and 7-Eleven stores combined. The State of California regulates medicinal marijuana, which is distributed through a number of independentand semi-independent dispensaries around the state. Legalizing marijuana will help reduce the number of drug related crimes! 5 Here Are a few reasons we
should legalize Marijuana! It is estimated that pot is the largest cash crop in California, with annual revenues approaching $14 billion. A 10% pot tax would yield $1.4 billion in California alone.

Lets compare the smoking of a little grass to the use of a few other common drugs! Now lets hear from our former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders and get her thoughts on the legalization of marijuana. What else is marijuana good for?? what would snoop say? WARNING Works Cited
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