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Why is it that special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics?


The War on Drugs is an utter failure. Marijuana has been in use for thousands of years and has not been contributed to a single death by overdose. Tobacco kills around 450,000 people a year and Alcohol kills around 80,000. The legalization of marijuana would raise the U.S. billions of dollars in tax revenue and would contribute to lowering our debt. Marijuana is not a gateway drug, it's not physically addicting, and it doesn't kill brain cells. The propaganda surrounding marijuana is deceitful. It's time to wake up and realize this natural, God-given plant will only benefit society instead of being detrimental as many may think.

As statistics have shown, more than half of Americans support the legalization and taxation of Marijuana. Why is it that lawmakers do not keep an open mind about this billion dollar industry?

Why is it not legalized, taxed and regulated like alcohol or tobacco?

 

The legalization of marijuana has been a heated debate in the news over the past few years with valid arguments on both sides of the issue, but I feel as if the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages. Legalizing marijuana is not only economical but beneficial health wise to the population of well, any country. Look how many western nations have already caught on to that idea (Amsterdam for example), and are profiting from it.

For a second, let’s give up all the notions we’ve been fed about marijuana through several media outlets about the fact that it is a ‘drug’ and the idea that drugs are bad (through our conditioning). Did you ever think about the fact that cigarettes are even more harmful to your health and yet they’re still legal?

What makes marijuana so bad that it can’t be legalized? It’s definitely not the idea that marijuana is bad for your health because if it was bad for your health, it wouldn’t be prescribed for medical purposes. In fact, medical research has proven several benefits of marijuana use including treatment for glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, and the obvious fact that it is both anti-emetic (prevents nausea) and used for pain relief. For those concerned about the health effects due to smoking marijuana, remember, smoking is not the only way to enjoy marijuana benefits, you can also eat it or even vaporize it. 

In fact, many economists are trying to push the legalization of marijuana because they believe it will help bring up the drowning economy of the United States. Most people may not realize it, but the United States spends billions of tax payers dollars fighting the so called “drug war” when there are so many more important issues at hand. I mean, let the people who want to smoke marijuana smoke marijuana peacefully, how is it bothering you? If the fact that you are not earning any tax dollars off illegal sales is bothersome, then just legalize it and tax it.

The legal selling price could be much lower than the street selling price, giving people incentive to purchase legally. Taxing marijuana and saving money on the drug war could actually profit the US economy greatly.

So if there are so many advantages to legalizing marijuana, why doesn’t the government follow through with it? Why does it not have enough support to push it through?

 

People are aware that cigarettes cause cancer and have many negative effects but continue to smoke it – the only requirement being health hazards being posted on the packs. Why couldn’t the same precautions be provided whilst legalizing marijuana and then have the people make their own decisions – give the people the choice to live their own lives.

“Legalizing marijuana will raise too many health hazards which will raise the health care costs” – a totally untrue statement. People smoke cigarettes which cause more health damage and thus increase the need for medical attention, raising medical costs, whereas marijuana wouldn’t drastically increase health care costs (with the new health care bill coming up), possibly decrease health care costs and even help people quit smoking. Besides, there are plenty of healthy ways to smoke marijuana.

There is no substantial reason that prevents the government from pursuing an action that will ultimately benefit the nation, because people will continue to use marijuana for leisure purposes, whether it be legally or illegally.

 

A solid majority of the American public now agree with NORML that responsible marijuana smokers should not be treated like criminals. Eight out of ten Americans support the medical use of marijuana, and nearly 3 out of 4 Americans support a fine-only (no jail) for recreational smokers. 52% of Americans now favor legalizing and taxing marijuana, which is the first time we have enjoyed the support of a majority of the American public. Our challenge now is to convert this public support into public policy. - statistics from the 2009 nationwide Zogby Poll and NORML.com.

Why did the United States spend $12 million to arrest Tommy Chong, who had lent his name and image to a line of bongs, but had no role in making or distributing them? Since hemp, which comes from marijuana, has myriad uses (clothing, food, biofuel), why does the U.S. disavow production of it? Why is Marc Emery, who sells marijuana seeds in Canada, being prosecuted by the American government but not the Canadian government?


The answer appears to be the keeping up of appearances. The authorities need something to do, and marijuana is used by a lot of people (50 million Americans or so). Privatized prisons are a big growth industry, and marijuana convictions keep them filled. And if marijuana is illegal, the pharmaceutical industry can make more money. After all, non-patentable marijuana isn't a good business model when it comes to helping glaucoma and AIDS patients.

 

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Letter to
Office of Senator John McCain Rachael Dean (Office of Senator John McCain)
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton
Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Communications Director Matt Canter
and 38 others
Office of Senator Bill Nelson Legislative Director Neal L. Higgins
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
Office of Senator Charles Schumer Legislative Director Katherine N. Beirne
Office of Senator Bill Nelson Chief of Staff Peter J. Mitchell
Office of Senator Charles Schumer Chief Counsel Stephanie A. Martz
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer Deputy Press Secretary David Frey
Executive Office President Barack Obama
Executive Office Vice President Joe Biden
Office of Senator Charles Schumer National Press Secretary Brian Fallon (Office of Senator Charles Schumer)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development)
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (Secretary of the Interior )
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Office of Charles E. Schumer Meredith Kelly
Secretary of Commerce John Bryson
Office of Senator Charles Schumer Legislative Assistant Meghan D. Taira
Office of Senator Charles Schumer Chief of Staff Michael “Mike” Lynch
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer Senior Counsel Derrick Brent
Office of Senator Charles E. Schumer Meredith Kelly
Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Bethany Lesser
Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Legislative Director Brooke Jamison
Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Chief of Staff Jess Fassler
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency Michele Leonhart
Attorney General Eric Holder
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Caleb Gibson
Office of Senator Jay Rockefeller Senator Jay Rockefeller
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer Senior Advisor Natalie Ravitz
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director Sean Moore
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer Chief of Staff Laura Schiller
Office of Senator Bill Nelson Bryan Gulley
Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner
Office of Senator Bill Nelson Press Secretary Bryan Gulley
Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand James Rahm
Office of Senator Rand Paul Orlando Watson
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Dear Representative,

Why is it that special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics?

It is understood that while marijuana has been essentially illegal since 1937, the prohibition of this plant has not worked. There have been studies done that prove it has medical uses, if it didn't then the synthetic drug Marinol would not exist. It has also been proven that in recreational use it does less harm than alcohol or tobacco.

Please look at how much our government spends on trying to fight something that is of no threat to our society. Realize how many other ways that money could be spent to make this a stronger country. Also, look into how much more money the country would make through taxation, as it does with alcohol and tobacco.

Please legalize and tax Marijuana.

Don't be afraid to stand up and say this to your fellow politicians. We, your constituents, are asking you to do this for us and for our country.

Sincerely,