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Tell your lawmakers to introduce and support legislation to end to marijuana prohibition and create a taxed and regulated system for controlling marijuana, similar to how alcohol and tobacco are controlled.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
please introduce and support legislation to end to marijuana prohibition and create a taxed and regulated system for controlling marijuana, similar to how alcohol and tobacco are controlled?

We had 872,720 marijuana-related offenses in 2007, more than any other year in American history. More than 775,000 of those arrests were for simple possession - not trafficking or production, but simple possession. By all accounts, our marijuana laws have failed to prohibit marijuana use.

While marijuana prohibition has failed to decrease use, it's been spectacularly successful at funding criminal organizations that profit from the production and distribution of marijuana. Over the last few months, violence along the Mexican border has dramatically increased as drug cartels - funded largely by marijuana markets in the U.S. - have reacted negatively to increased enforcement methodologies. Just like Congress did with alcohol prohibition in the 1930s, ending marijuana prohibition would eliminate funding for these criminal organizations overnight. And by conservative estimates, ending marijuana prohibition would save the American taxpayer between $10 and $14 billion annually.

Please help move our nation towards a better marijuana policy: Introduce and support legislation to end marijuana prohibition and regulate marijuana like alcohol or tobacco.