• Petitioning President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama

Federally Legalize, Tax and Regulate Marijuana

    1. steve berke
    2. Petition by

      steve berke

      miami beach, FL

More than 40 percent of all Americans over 12 have tried marijuana, and at least 30 million people smoke it every year. The most recent national drug survey found that 18.1 million Americans had used it during the previous month.

Yet, marijuana is still illegal and enforcement costs the government 13.7 billion dollars annually, and puts over 500,000 people in jail every year. Both Washington and Colorado stood up to the antiquated federal law by legalizing and taxing marijuana for the good of their own states. It's time for the federal government to follow.

The majority of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana, but four major lobby groups have fought for years to keep that from happening. The alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical, and private prison lobbies have donated millions to congressional and anti-marijuana campaigns in order to protect their own profits. All four of those industries would lose billions of dollars if marijuana were legalized.

Sign this petition and show President Obama that while much of Congress can be influenced by lobbyist money, we cannot. Let's send the message that it is in the best interest of our country to tax and regulate marijuana, rather than wasting billions of tax dollars by incarcerating people for it.

Sources below:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/36600923/The_Cost_and_Benefit_Arguments_Around_Enforcement

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/marijuana-legalization-in_n_1915649.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/06/3168032/war-on-pot-has-gone-up-in-smoke.html

 

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    • Madison Lamb APTOS, CA
      • about 4 hours ago

      i like weed because it helps me sleep and calm down when im really stressed out.

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    • Joseph Ray NORTH POTOMAC, MD
      • about 8 hours ago

      The legalization of marijuana is a moral imperative.

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    • kevin penner WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • about 24 hours ago

      for freedom

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    • Adam McGriff BAKER, UNITED STATES
      • 1 day ago

      It is ridiculous that something less harmful than alcohol or tobacco is still illegal.

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    • Tyler Pearce MEDINA, OH
      • 1 day ago

      This is VERY important, not just for the medical benefits and recreational users, but also, think about the money our government could make from tax of marijuana. Aren't we a country so far in debt it's absurd?? Let's do something about it, and end this silly "war on drugs." Remember, marijuana was legal and used for thousands of years BEFORE it was outlawed in the past 100 years. (No one should be allowed to outlaw / ban nature. Marijuana is a naturally growing plant, given to us by GOD. Are you saying he made a mistake within His *PERFECT* Creation? Please..) ~Tyler~

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