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Legalization Of Marijuana

  1. 1. Legalization of Marijuana By: Kevin Cohen
  2. 2. Stats <ul><li>60,000,000 parents, spouses, children, siblings affected by the trauma of a marijuana bust since 1985. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1,000 people killed as a result of marijuana law enforcement since 1985 </li></ul><ul><li>0 people have died as a result of simple marijuana use </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mandatory Minimums <ul><li>In some states they have MM’s, which mean that if you are caught with a certain amount then you MUST go to jail for that period of time. </li></ul><ul><li>You can be a great citizen your whole life and get caught with a couple of grams and your life be over as you know it. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Medical <ul><li>Cancer Patients and Multiple Sclerosis. </li></ul><ul><li>Help alleviate pain. </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxes them. </li></ul><ul><li>Has little side effects. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Hemp <ul><li>Hemp is a great resource for clothes and other things. </li></ul><ul><li>It is banned because it comes from the same plant although it has almost no THC. </li></ul><ul><li>223 million marijuana plants seized in 2005, over 98 percent was ditch weed like feral hemp </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Cost of War <ul><li>This is literally a war on people. </li></ul><ul><li>Every year we pay billions of dollars to arrest, hold, prosecute, facilitate petty drug offenders. </li></ul><ul><li>Overloads prisons. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps real criminals on the streets. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cost of War cont. <ul><li>33,655 state inmates and 10,785 federal inmates behind bars for violating marijuana laws. </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1990, law enforcement has arrested over 10 million Americans on pot charges. Yet, according to federal figures, marijuana production and use are both rising. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Oklahoma <ul><li>Oklahoma - A first-time conviction for minor possession can net you up to a year in jail and up to 10 if you’re found guilty of a second offense. </li></ul><ul><li>Growing your own may cost you a $20,000 fine and anywhere from two years to life in prison. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Deaths p/y Addictiveness <ul><li>Tobacco – 400,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol – 100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Drugs – 20,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Illegal Drugs – 15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Caffeine – 2,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Aspirin – 500 </li></ul><ul><li>Marijuana - 0 </li></ul><ul><li>Nicotine </li></ul><ul><li>Heroin </li></ul><ul><li>Cocaine </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Caffeine </li></ul><ul><li>Marijuana </li></ul><ul><li>It is the least addictive and kills no one every year. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Marijuana <ul><li>We have a drug that kills no one, is not addictive, has valuable resources, can act as a medicine, and is number one crash crop in 20 states most years. </li></ul><ul><li>So why is it banned, yet more addictive and harmful drugs are bought everyday in gas stations. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Works Cited <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Rosenthal, Ed. Ask Ed: Marijuana Law Don't Get Busted . Oakland: 2000. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>