The cost of criminalization

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Why marijuana should be legal as defined by the industrial and medical uses and the cost of enforcing pot laws versus the possible revenue it creates.

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The cost of criminalization

  1. 1. The Cost of CriminalizationEdward Vermette SLS 1608 Speech #3
  2. 2. Why Legalize Marijuana? • Industrial Uses • Medicinal Qualities • Cost Versus Profit
  3. 3. The Industrial Uses of Hemp…• Seeds -Highly nutritious animal feed -Soaps, Cosmetics, Paints, Varnishes, Biodiesels• Stalks -Strongest natural fiber -Textiles, Clothes, Cords, Ropes• Hurds -Bi-product of fiber harvest -Paper, Animal bedding, Oil absorption, Soil amendment, Various chemicals -Cleaner fuels (Ethanol & Methane) and plastics. -Building Materials (insulation and Hempcrete)
  4. 4. Medicinal POTential• Smoking anything produces tar -More in marijuana• Marijuana kills brain cells -Sure does and it’s good! -Autophagy• Marijuana causes memory loss “Cannabis fights Alzheimer Disease” -Scripps Research Center “THC blocks proteins that inhibit memory and cognition” -Molecular Pharmaceutics• FDA Approved pills -Marinol & Nabilone• Others -Sativex
  5. 5. A Brief Summary of Uses
  6. 6. The Cost….• Criminal Penalties -12 Billion annually -Wholly ineffective -Bring in revenue but cost more -47% of all drug arrests -$38.14 for every man, woman and child
  7. 7. Turning a Loss into a Gain • 13 Billion in pocket… -Save 12 billion a year -Create a growth industry, worth 1 billion annually • Jobs… -Agriculture, Advertising, Merchandising, Storage, Distribution, Accessories, Production & Taxes. -10% Flat tax on farmers -Less police and corrections officers
  8. 8. Conclusion• Good far exceeds the bad -Industrially -Medically -Monetarily• Make your voice heard -NORML.org -District Rep. -Governor

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