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Legalization of Marijuana Nationwide

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I am writing to discuss the possibility of legalizing marijuana nationwide.

I believe that marijuana should be legalized. Statistics show that marijuana is four times LESS addictive as tobacco, and about half as addicting as alcohol. A recent study proves that after the first use of marijuana, only 9% of users become addicted, opposed to the 32% of first time tobacco users and 15% of users who drink alcohol for the first time.

Also, if you legalize marijuana, the tax revenue it would create would be huge. Oakland, California conducted a study and came to the conclusion that if they legalized marijuana and allowed only FOUR farmers to grow and distribute it, the city would receive close to 75 MILLION DOLLARS in taxes a year. With the right laws and regulations, marijuana can rival and possibly supersede tobacco and alcohol in revenue for the country each year. It would not only help us get out of debt, but also stimulate the economy, as well as cut back on a lot of unnecessary spending in law enforcement agencies to work on catching marijuana users so they can focus on removing more harmful drugs from our streets.

If marijuana is legalized, though, there should be laws restricting the use and abuse of it. Two important laws should be applied to the operation of a motor vehicle while influenced and the purchase of marijuana. Anyone caught driving under the influence of marijuana should be arrested and charged with a DUI, regardless of age, race, sex, and how much they claim to have smoked. Also, to legally purchase marijuana, I suggest that the person must be 18 years or older, and should be limited to no more than 7 grams a month. If caught either under the age of 18 or with more than the alotted 7 grams a month, that person should be ticketed or arrested, depending on the severity of the infraction.

Along with those two laws, only authorized shops, owned and operated by the government, should be licensed to distribute marijuana, and anyone caught selling marijuana outside those shops should be prosecuted accordingly. The same laws and regulations should be applied to the growing and harvesting of marijuana as well.

Once again, I believe marijuana should be legalized. Not only would it create billions, possibly trillions, of tax revenue a year, it also isn't as harmful as tobacco or alcohol.

Thank you for your time.

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3 days ago
Someone from Blue Springs, MO writes:
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Shops owned and operated by the government??? NO WAY. Legalize, yes. This petition, NO.
3 days ago
Jason J. from Louisville, KY signed.
4 days ago
Mason C. from Stafford, VA writes:
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This is definitely something that can help this economy and lower crime rate by a big difference
4 days ago
Someone from Gassaway, WV writes:
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I am a disabled veteran who fought for this country. It would be nice if the country would fight for us for a change! I refuse to take medication that the VA would have me take. Have you read the side effects of these medications? I want access to natural medicine! If you lock someone up for ingesting a plant that makes them happy, then you're the criminal in my eyes. The facts should be blatantly obvious at this point. Taxpayer money is being wasted on prison space for non violent offenders. Take a look at other countries with these systems in place and you will see that prohibition does not work! Sincerely, A Disgruntled Veteran
4 days ago
Someone from Hernando, FL writes:
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i also agree, there is no records of marijuana deaths, and the nation would bebifit from tax revenue from the sales of marijuana. Our jails fill up due to possesion of marijuana we go in debt trying to keep it illigal, Marijuana is a medicine for some and for others a please just as smoking tobacco that has been proven to cause cancer, or alcohol. wich is known to casue liver damange, and dui's as well as drinkng and drivng wich also causes wrecks, and sometimes death to innocent people. Marijuana is all natural 100 % a plant, thats has benificial buds. So really what is wrong with legalizing the use of marijuana nation wide. It also does NOT lead to other drugs. There is well known actresses/ actors, lawyers, and im sure people in congress that use marijuana for recreational use. open your eyes, and let it be legal, lessen crime, its not harmful to anyone .
January 11, 2017
Someone from Fort Worth, TX writes:
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I don't see anything wrong with it go head legalize it
January 11, 2017
Sherilynn C. from Fort Worth, TX signed.
January 11, 2017
Someone from Natchez, MS writes:
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It is a medical treat that all should be aware of
January 11, 2017
Someone from Natchez, MS writes:
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It is a medical treat that all should be aware of
January 9, 2017
Ashley H. from Travelers Rest, SC writes:
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Please just get around to signing an ending the prohibition of cannabis. As forward thinking society almost 70% of citizens in favor still while Washington can legally burn one I can't? Freedom for all. Make it simple pass it senate house n bam done you politicians will ha e actually changed something for the better says a 70% of our population.