• 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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    • Robert Judson DALEVILLE, AL
      • 1 day ago

      So much money is being wasted on something that it shouldn't be also the people are not criminals that smoke so why should they be incarcerated for a plant that grows wildly.

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    • Pedro Mercado DELTONA, FL
      • 2 days ago

      Because I believe Marijuana is the cure

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    • David Eaton NEVADA, MO
      • 2 days ago

      Marijuana could boost the economy dramatically

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    • Matthew schiff BROOMALL, PA
      • 3 days ago

      I've been diagnosed with Crohns disease since I've was 9 years old. I've been on everything from steroids to chemotherapy drugs. Not one treatment has even come close to the effectiveness of cannabis. Completely reversing the effects of the disease. I once was on 30+ pills a day plus a once weekly injection just to maintain my health. I first tried cannabis when I was 18, 9 years after my diagnosis. Within 3 months of use I was completely off all medication and have been ever since. I am now 27 and completely symptom free. I believe without a doubt cannabis was my miracle cure. I can see now why pharmaceutical companies would fight this. I am a prime example of what they DO NOT want. I also am a prime example of the unnecessary suffering millions go through because they do not have the option of using cannabis legally for treatment. The ONLY reason to deny millions request for legalization is ignorance and greed

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    • Joshua Currier ORANGE BEACH, AL
      • 3 days ago

      No jail for a simple plant please

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