Why Not Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol?
Marijuana is far safer than alcohol because it does not stimulate
aggressiveness and is not nearly as addictive.
To save $7.7 billion in enforcement costs.
To produce $6.2 billion in tax revenue (which could be used to pay
for education, treatment and prevention for all drugs.)
To deprive cartels and gangs of a major source of revenue.
To significantly enhance the effectiveness of our police and courts.
(Current annual marijuana arrests exceed 700,000 per year.)
To separate marijuana from far more dangerous illegal drugs, ending
the "gateway" to drug dealers we now have.
To reduce hypocrisy and make drug education more credible and effective.
To end prisons doing far more damage to users than the drug itself.
To end the breaking of the law by otherwise law abiding citizens,
especially the more than 900,000 children under 18 years old who
buy and resell marijuana.
To remove major barriers to research for medical use.
To reduce violence in general and safeguard law enforcers.
And because it would not
have been banned at all but for
a political scoundrel!
("... Anslinger's campaign may have been just a tool in the beginning, but fueled
with this kind of racial tinder, it quickly got out of hand. The Treasury Department
was barraged with cries for help from civic leaders: 'I wish I could show you what
a small marijuana cigarette can do to one of our degenerate Spanish-speaking
residents ...'") (To be continued next month)
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