Legalizing Marijuana By: Keith Dupree

Law change benefits

According to the ACLU’s original analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana. Nationwide, the arrest data revealed significant racial bias. Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.

Medical use

The figures include medical and adult consumer sales. However, the annual gain was fueled by the growth in consumer sales, as some states have approved adult recreational marijuana use. Adult use sales grew to $998 million from $351 million in 2014, according to the research. And voters in more states, including California, are likely to take up the issue in 2016.

U.S. Benefits

Legal U.S. pot sales soared to $5.4 billion for 2015, up 17.4 percent from $4.6 billion in 2014, according to data released Monday by the ArcView Group, which tracks the cannabis markets.

Mentor (GaryJohnson )

A couple of things about legalizing marijuana. Marijuana products, from a medicinal standpoint, directly compete with legal prescription drugs that kill 100,000 people a year. There has not been one documented death due to marijuana. So [it's] a whole lot safer and arguably as effective. On the recreational side, “I have always maintained that legalizing marijuana will lead to less overall substance abuse because people will find marijuana as such a safer alternative than everything else that's out there — starting with alcohol”. The campaign to legalize marijuana in Colorado was a campaign based on: Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/02/01/legal-us-pot-sales-soar-in-2015.html

http://www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-legalization-2016-libertarian-gary-johnson-explains-why-he-supports-legal-2383547

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/how-gary-johnson-s-marijuana-position-could-affect-his-presidential-n630911

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