Legal Weed Why the U.S. should legalize marijuana

Legalizing marijuana federally will...

  • Create billions of dollars in taxes that could be used for infrastructure, public education, and drug treatment programs
  • Take a large source of revenue away from the cartels
  • Bring jobs to communities that are struggling with unemployment
  • Pave the way for valuable research to be done on the medicinal uses of marijuana
  • Help bridge the racial divide in the US- stop locking up minorities for nonviolent drug offenses
  • Help to stop the opioid epidemic

Acting Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn't think marijuana legalization will help the United States...

About 60% of Americans now live in a state where cannabis is legal or soon to be legal in some form- NPR

57% of US adults favor the legalization of marijuana- Pew Research Center

Recreational marijuana is legal for adults in Colorado, California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Washington DC

In 2015, the legal marijuana industry in Colorado created over 18,000 full time jobs and generated $2.4 billion in economic activity-Marijuana Policy Group
In 2016, $50 million in taxes on legal marijuana in Colorado went directly to finance school projects-Fortune Magazine
In California, marijuana is the state's leading agricultural commodity, worth an estimated $23.3 billion-Orange County Register
In Washington state, officials estimate that the marijuana market will raise almost $2 billion in taxes in five years
The legal marijuana industry in the U.S. will be worth more than $6 billion this year alone-New York Times
The illegal marijuana industry in the US is currently valued at $50 billion, much of which is supplied by the cartels
Instead of building a cumbersome $21 billion wall along our Southern border, we should legalize marijuana
By 2020, the legal marijuana market will create more jobs than manufacturing (about 250,000). - Forbes Magazine
Canada just legalized medical and recreational marijuana
Marijuana has two main cannabinoids, THC and CBD. THC gets you high, CBD doesn't. These compounds have multiple health benefits.
  • THC can slow the progression of glaucoma
  • It can help control epileptic seizures
  • It helps veterans struggling with PTSD
  • It soothes tremors in people suffering from Parkinson's disease
  • It protects the brain after a stroke
  • It may be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and Cancer
Only 6% of marijuana research on humans is done on medicinal uses, the rest is studying the harmful effects of marijuana
In states that have legalized marijuana, there has been as much as a 95% reduction in drug related arrests
These states have also seen a marked decrease in traffic fatalities, overdose deaths, and teen drug use

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