We the People ask the federal government to call on congress to legalize marijuana
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As noted in an article by cancer.gov (A governmentally regulated website; how ironic), on March 27th, 2017 marijuana was officially acknowledged as a killer of cancer cells. Since March 27th, no true breakthroughs have become visible in the near future for further legalization recreationally. The process of legalization since the start, has been an excruciatingly slow one, on account of the fact that the federal government has left legalization means completely up to the state's discretion. At this rate, it will be years until all 50 states legalize for medical purposes. 88,000 people a year die from alcohol consumption, a federally legal substance. Cigarettes are responsible for 1,300 deaths a day, another federally legalized substance. Deaths related to Marijuana per year hit a whopping total of 0, and I might add that you would have to, theoretically, consume nearly 1,500 pounds in 15 minutes to overdose on THC. Today in America, we spend $51,000,000,000 on the war on drugs (extending past solely marijuana). Upwards of 600,000 citizens were arrested on marijuana related charges this past year and upwards of 500,000 were actually charged with these crimes. If marijuana were to be legalized and tax regulated in the same fashion as cigarettes and alcohol, it would add billions of dollars to our government spending abilities, while at the same time stimulating our economy.
So Marijuana holds the potential to aid/cure/prevent cancer, the deadliest disease known to man, while Alcohol and cigarettes have the proven ability to harm/kill you. Given the facts, if you have any justification as to why cigarettes and alcohol are federally legalized and marijuana isn’t even in the running, then simply do not sign this petition. If you don’t want to see extra money flow through our economy and into our government, don’t sign my petition. If you believe $51,000,000,000 a year fighting the drug war is 100% necessary, then move on. If you feel that the average recreational user of Marijuana does fall under the category of criminal, and should have a criminal record, making stable job acquisition much more difficult, then please do not sign my petition. If you believe Marijuana should continually be regulated and distributed by ‘big-time’ drug kingpins (actual criminals), rather than by the government, then don’t sign my petition. If you have read everything I have just said and believed it to be completely preposterous, then sign my petition, because this is the sad reality of America’s current situation involving the substance Marijuana.
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