Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Poll

A recent poll shows there is a large number of support for the decriminalization of marijuana.

  • 56% of all Americans are in favor
  • 64% of African-Americans are in favor
  • 60% of people in New York are in favor
  • 70% of Democrats are in favor
Many African Americans would be in favor of the decriminalization because 38% of them are arrested for drugs and 59% are in jail for drugs. If marijuana were decriminalized then that percentage would drop significantly. 
New York is a Democratic state, so it makes sense that most people are in favor. 
Democrats are generally more progressive on their social views. They are less conservative and more open to new ways to improve the country. Decriminalizing marijuana will mean less people in jail and more control over the drug.
Over half of Americans support the decriminalization because they realize that this country could save money, make money in taxes, keep people out of jail and keep control over this drug. There will be no more organized crime associated with marijuana and this country could really benefit from this. 

For more information, visit these links:
https://www.isidewith.com/poll/3507542/154983346


Friday, November 6, 2015

Tax Revenue and Jobs

If marijuana were legalized in the US, we could receive anywhere from $2.4 - $7.7 billion a year just in sales and excise taxes. Including the $8.7 billion we would be saving from enforcement(mentioned in earlier post) we would have a total of $11.1 - $16.4 billion a year more if it were legalized. Our government could do a lot with that much money. We could put more money into creating a better health care system, or contribute to bettering our education system.
Thousands of jobs will be created. Just in Colorado, 10,000 new jobs have been created since the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana. If every state legalizes it, that’s 500,000 jobs nationwide. More people in the workforce, more people buying things. Our economy would boom.



http://naturalsociety.com/colorados-marijuana-legalization-creates-10000-new-jobs/

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Where Marijuana is Legal

Places around that world that have legalized marijuana:
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Jamaica
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Romania (Medical use only)
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
In the United States:
  • Medical use: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine.
  • Recreational use: Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Washington.


http://www.governing.com/gov-data/state-marijuana-laws-map-medical-recreational.html

Medical Research


Scientists have found many medical uses for marijuana, including:
  • easing neuropathic pain
  • treating multiple sclerosis
  • stopping nausea (mostly prescribed to people suffering from AIDS or chemotherapy)
  • reducing seizures in people with epilepsy
  • treatment of concussions
  • delaying the effects of alzheimer’s disease
  • stabilizing bipolar disorder
There could be many more benefits that scientists have not yet discovered because of the restrictions of using this drug. Before tests and studies can be conducted, it has to go through an approval process of the federal government. The federal government is limiting the amount of research that can be done and is making the process that much harder to be conducted.





Wednesday, November 4, 2015

At Least Decriminalize it

Waste of time and money.


  • Just in New York, roughly 100,000 people are arrested each year.
  • Since 1965, 20 million people have been arrested for marijuana in the US.
  • 8.7 billion dollars a year is being spent on enforcing laws involving marijuana.
Why is the U.S. government wasting all of this time on money on something that they could be making money on? The government could do a lot with 8.7 billion dollars a year. Why is it being spent on enforcing an illegal drug that is less dangerous and less addictive than legal drugs like nicotine and alcohol?

Obama discussing the decriminalization of marijuana:






Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Why?

Why should marijuana be legalized?


  • Too many people are being put in jail for for possessing and selling this drug, and a lot of money is being spent on those prosecutions.  
  • It would be much easier to conduct medical research.
  • Many other countries have legalized marijuana (including some U.S. states).
  • The government and the country could benefit from the tax revenue.
  • Thousands of jobs will be created.