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Leglize Cannibus

Debate for the legalization of Cannibus

Katie Larsen

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Leglize Cannibus

Legalize Weed? Liberty Individuals deserve the right to decide whether or not they should use marijuana. The government should not tell individuals what to do as long as they do not harm others. COST Failure Of Prohibition We would have more money to spend on important problems if marijuana were legal. The Cost of prohibition, promotes illigal activity. Marijuana grows naturally. Making something that is natural illegal is unnatural. There are more people in jail for drugs then there are other criminals. PUBlIc HeaLth Alcohol and cigarettes kill more people a year than war. cultivating marijuana will cause a spike in economic growth for more and more plantations of marijuana. The US government is losing billions in tax revenue. Marijuana can help HIV victims eat and sleep. Marijuana can reverse the effects of crystal meth by making the person hungry and tired. Africa can be the world’s largest supplier of hemp Marijuana can be used to help alleviate pain and suffering humanely . Prohibition has failed to control the use and domestic production of marijuana. The government has tried to use criminal penalties to prevent marijuana use for over 75 years and yet: marijuana is now used by over 25 million people annually, cannabis is currently the largest cash crop in the United States, and marijuana is grown all over the planet. Claims that marijuana prohibition is a successful policy are ludicrous and unsupported by the facts, and the idea that marijuana will soon be eliminated from America and the rest of the world is a ridiculous fantasy. REGULATION A regulated, legal market in marijuana would reduce marijuana sales and use among teenagers, as well as reduce their exposure to other drugs in the illegal market. The illegality of marijuana makes it more valuable than if it were legal, providing opportunities for teenagers to make easy money selling it to their friends. Legalized marijuana would reduce the flow of money from the American economy to international criminal gangs. Marijuana's illegality makes foreign cultivation and smuggling to the United States extremely profitable, sending billions of dollars overseas in an underground economy while diverting funds from productive economic development. Marijuana is not a lethal drug and is safer than alcohol. It is established scientific fact that marijuana is not toxic to humans; marijuana overdoses are nearly impossible, and marijuana is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. It is unfair and unjust to treat marijuana users more harshly under the law than the users of alcohol or tobacco Marijuana provides relief from pain, nausea, spasticity, and other symptoms for many individuals who have not been treated successfully with conventional medications. Webb pointed out in a cover story in Parade magazine, the U.S. is, by far, the most "criminal" country in the world, with 5 of the world's population and 25 of its prisoners. We spend 68 billion per year on corrections, and one-third of those being corrected are serving time for nonviolent drug crimes. We spend about 150 billion on policing and courts, and 47.5 of all drug arrests are marijuana-related. That is an awful lot of money, most of it nonfederal, that could be spent on better schools or infrastructure or simply returned to the public.
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