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This advertisement appears in the National Review, the New Republic, the American Prospect, The Nation, Reason Magazine, NewsMax, and The Progressive in the spring of 2006.

Why Not Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol?

  • Marijuana is far safer than alcohol because it does not stimulate aggressiveness and is not nearly as addictive. 1
  • To save $7.7 billion in enforcement costs. 2
  • To produce $6.2 billion in tax revenue (which could be used to pay for education, treatment and prevention for all drugs.) 2
  • To deprive cartels and gangs of a major source of revenue. 3
  • To significantly enhance the effectiveness of our police and courts. (Current annual marijuana arrests exceed 700,000 per year.) 4
  • To separate marijuana from far more dangerous illegal drugs, ending the "gateway" to drug dealers we now have. 5
  • To reduce hypocrisy and make drug education more credible and effective. 6
  • To end prisons doing far more damage to users than the drug itself. 7
  • 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. 8
  • To remove major barriers to research for medical use. 9
  • To reduce violence in general and safeguard law enforcers. 10

And because it would not
have been banned at all but for
a political scoundrel! 11

("... 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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