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Marijuana legalization

Marijuana legalization



Reasons why Marijuana should be legalized, also check out The Union. Google Video - The Union

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