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Marijuana legalization

  1. 1. Marijuana Legalization<br />A Report Presented By:<br />David Nystrom<br />
  2. 2. History<br />Largest agricultural crop in the world<br />Hemp: Fabric, Medicines, Lighting Oil, Paper<br />Fun Fact: First 2 copies of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper<br />Early 20th century yellow journalism surfaced (Reefer Madness)<br />Depicted blacks and Mexicans as beasts who smoked Marijuana and played devils music<br />Lead to 1937 Marijuana Tax Act<br />
  3. 3. History/1937 Marijuana Tax Act<br />Banned: Marijuana, Hemp, and Cannabis Medicine<br />This and Reefer Madness lead to the downfall of Marijuana<br />Popular Mechanics Magazine, was even coming out with an article entitled (New Billion Dollar Crop)<br />If you wanted to buy Marijuana, you needed a stamp<br />
  4. 4. History Cont…<br />In WWII was legalized, then illegalized afterwards<br />Questioned later on by Congress<br />Illegal for wrong reason<br />Not violent but passive<br />Made it illegal for opposite reason as before<br />
  5. 5. Big Business and Prohibition<br />B.C. Marijuana brings in $7 billion alone annually<br />85% of that sold to U.S.<br />“Prohibition has never worked” Senator Larry Campbell Former member of RCMP Drug Squad<br />“Tree of Knowledge”<br />
  6. 6. Myths<br />“Dangers” of Marijuana<br />Kills Brain Cells<br />Cancer<br />Pathway Drug<br />O.D.<br />
  7. 7. Dr. Heath/Tulane Study 1974<br />Ronald Regan says the most reliable scientific sources proves it kills brain cells<br />Monkeys pumped with Marijuana 30 joints/day started to die after 90 days<br />6 Years of requests for the study specifics<br />30 joints/day for 1 year Vs. 63 columbian joints through a gas mask within 5 minutes over 3 months (Suffocated)<br />
  8. 8. Dr. Heath Study Cont…<br />2005 suggested that it stimulated brain cell growth(Xia Zhang University of Saskatchewan)<br />Didn’t receive any attention<br />
  9. 9. Marijuana and Cancer<br />Government funded program “May or Should”<br />Not one case of lung cancer from Marijuana<br />Moderate use, can paralyze cilia, non radioactive<br />Inhaling smoke<br />“Hasn’t been around that long”<br />Recently found, no cancer<br />
  10. 10. Deaths by Substances<br />Cigarettes killed more people than…<br />AIDS<br />Heroine<br />Crack<br />Cocaine<br />Alcohol<br />Car Accidents<br />Fire<br />Murder<br />COMBINED<br />
  11. 11. Death by Substances Cont…<br />Cigarettes kill ~480,000 people/year<br />Government subsidies<br />Grown with radioactive fertilizer<br />More people die from caffeine and aspirin O.D.<br />Not ONE death from Marijuana alone – Dr. Lest Grinspoon, MD (Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School)<br />15,000 joints in 20 minutes to O.D. Good Luck<br />
  12. 12. Marijuana and Addiction<br />More kids in rehab for addiction<br />Taken to court and asked “Rehab or Jail”<br />Rehab they consider you addicted<br />DEA says look at all these kids<br />3% of people in rehab are their voluntarily<br />No addiction but can be habitual<br />
  13. 13. Gateway Drug<br />Never found anything in Marijuana that makes you want more - John Conroy, QC (Criminal Defense Lawyer)<br />1/104 marijuana users use cocaine >1 use heroine. >1%<br />
  14. 14. Useless to Society<br />50 million smoke Marijuana in U.S.<br />Steve Jobs (Apple) smoked Marijuana when making the computer<br />Ted Turner (CNN) developed CNN while using<br />Musicians<br />BILL CLINTON<br />Virtually every presidential candidate admitted to trying it at least once<br />
  15. 15. Crime and Violence<br />Norm Stamper, PhD (Seattle Chief of Police, 1994-2000) – Ample evidence of the harm of Alcohol but none for Marijuana<br />Domestic Violence, Theft, etc…<br />Where is a good example…Alcohol Prohibition<br />
  16. 16. Alcohol Prohibition and Marijuana<br />Everything got worse<br />Gave birth to organized crime (Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Lucky Luciano)<br />Alcohol poisoning went up 600% during prohibition<br />More violence with marijuana, criminal to sell it<br />Marijuana oz. for oz. worth more than gold<br />
  17. 17. Marijuana Prohibition<br />Growers don’t want it legalized…hmmmm<br />Hurts their business<br />Growers and Government<br />But why…<br />Oh, that’s right<br />
  18. 18. So What Can We Do?<br />Very Simple Solutions<br />Regulate<br />Tax<br />Control<br />
  19. 19. Outcome<br />Lower crime rates<br />Billions of dollars to be put into the government<br />Less money spent on jails (1/6 in federal system for marijuana) ~5 Billion spent/year<br />All I see are positives<br />
  20. 20. Details<br />Government should decide tax amount<br />License, hard to get and easy to lose<br />No driving while high, work, etc…<br />Money for schools, highways, hospitals, etc…<br />

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