Beginning February 5, 2013
TITLE I--AMENDMENTS TO DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL
- SEC. 102. APPLICATION OF THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES IMPORT AND EXPORT ACT TO MARIJUANA.
TITLE II--FEDERAL MARIJUANA LICENSING AND RELATED MATTERS
TITLE III--OTHER AMENDMENTS RELATING TO FEDERAL AUTHORITY REGARDING MARIJUANA
1 Marijuana grows naturally. Making something that is natural illegal is unnatural.
2 Marijuana is discriminated against by legislators that are too scared of being referred to as a druggie. Legislators won’t stand up for what they believe in, only the self interest of the corporations they represent.
3 Marijuana does not cause death.
4 Marijuana’s active ingredient THC is less toxic than nicotine.
5 Marijuana is not addictive.
6 Marijuana can be used to make hemp and other products such as paper (no more tree chopping) clothing, and rope. We can also make marijuana oil which can be used as a renewable fuel.
7 Legalizing marijuana will cause a sudden drop in need for beer. Wine won’t be affected as much as beer. Beer consumption will plummet.
8 There are more people in jail for drugs then there are other criminals.
9 Marijuana is an issue of public health, not the police.
10 Billions of dollars are spent on the war on drugs each year. IT destroy families and ruins lives.
11 Marijuana being legal will cause a sudden drop in using other harder drugs such as methamphetamines, barbiturates, heroin, alcohol and cocaine.
12 Alcohol and cigarettes kill more people a year than war.
13 People still drink and smoke regardless of the warnings.
14 Teenagers and children are lied to about marijuana by uninformed uneducated parents and propaganda.
15 anti marijuana legislation and TV propaganda are funded by the lobbyists that have interest in alcohol and timber.
16 cultivating marijuana will cause a spike in economic growth for more and more plantations of marijuana.
17 the cultivation of marijuana will create jobs for low income families.
18 the price of marijuana will plummet form 100 an ounce to 5 dollars an ounce
19 The US government is losing billions in tax revenue.
20 The US has more people in prison than any other country
21 The US is a few trillion dollars in debt
22 Marijuana can help HIV victims eat and sleep.
23 Marijuana can reverse the effects of crystal meth by making the person hungry and tired.
24 Marijuana does not impair your ability to drive as much as alcohol, however operating machinery driving and using power tools isn’t a good idea while using the plant.
25 Congress was lied to by yellow journalism
26 Marijuana is legal in Amsterdam and is on the way of being legal in Canada. Both countries have far less crime than the US.
27 Marijuana can be fermented into alcohol which burns cleaner than oil.
28 Africa can be the world’s largest supplier of hemp.
29 The US can spend the tax dollars generated by marijuana to fund a universal public health care system
30 Treatment of marijuana should increase instead of sending people to jail.
31 Mandatory minimum sentences should be outlawed. MMS only hurt the innocent while protecting the self interest of corporations.
32 Marijuana grows in the privacy of peoples homes ?
33 Marijuana’s fibers are an economical god send.
34 Marijuana use is in the bible. Genesis gave mankind the power over every land, sea, and animal. Not to mention every seed bearing plant. (Marijuana is a seed bearing plant)
35 Marijuana is not a gateway drug.
36 Marijuana does not cause cancer
37 Tobacco users will still get their nicotine from cigarettes.
38 By definition, Nicotine, Aspirin, Alcohol and THC are drugs. There are more drug users then there are non drug users.
39 Marijuana and alcohol cause short term memory loss. Alcohol destroys your liver, THC doesn’t.
40 Marijuana can be used to help alleviate pain and suffering humanely.
41 People who don’t want marijuana legal have a drug of choice.
42 No one cares about other peoples problems.
43 Your teenager will try marijuana no matter what you do.
44 Your teen has a better chance of dieing from alcohol or becoming pregnant then they do messing up their lives form marijuana.
45 using marijuana does not support terrorism.
46 Jamestown, Virginia had a law enacted stating that framers shall produce marijuana and sow the seeds everywhere.
47 Jamestown, Virginia was created 20 years before the Puritans sailed to New England.
48 It is human nature to seek pleasure.
49 There are more people using marijuana than people know.
50 Marijuana is used in world religions. Jesus Christ himself used the plant.
51 Christians don’t know Jesus was a stoner.
52 It is a plant. It is no more harmful than dandelions.
53 There are anti marijuana commercials but never commercials for anti drinking nor are their commercials for anti cocaine.
54 Cigarette companies are putting more nicotine in their products since more and more people are being killed and are quitting.
55 It cost more to smoke cigarettes than it does to smoke marijuana.
56 Marijuana can cure insomnia.
57 Marijuana does not kill brain cells, it only blocks receptors.
58 Marijuana will not hurt a fetus; it is not a good idea to have a child. Get an abortion and light up a joint.
59 Marijuana does not lower your immune system.
60 Marijuana smoke isn’t as bad as Cigarette smoke. Cigarettes have more carcinogens.
61 You can not overdose on marijuana.
62 Marijuana does not make you lazy
63 It is rare to cause toxic psychosis, but this is rare and usual stops in an hour or so.
64 Marijuana has the same potency as it does in the 60’s
65 There is no supporting evidence to date that shows drug prevention is working. So far it seems to only increase curiosity.
66 Marijuana increases heart rate and blood pressure more than cigarettes do. This is true. It doesn’t harden arteries like cigarettes however.
67 Marijuana is offered to people by their friends or people they know. It is ok for these kids to say no and still be socially accepted. Most kids who try marijuana like it. Some shit their pants. Parents should talk to their kids at early stages.
68 Pot brownies accidentally convert people to pot smokers. This is true in my case. I’m fat I will never turn down a brownie. I didn’t know it had ganja in it! Oh man I was missing out.
69 Your parents tried marijuana!
70 So did your grandparents!
71 According to the NIDA, 1 in 6 10th grades use marijuana, 1 in 4 seniors of high schoolers use marijuana.
72 Marijuana smokers normally hang out with other smokers. People pay a premium and party; the owners collect the benefits and have a great time. This is normal.
73 Marijuana ranges in potency, it can be American skunker (grown in basements) or it can be white widow (the strongest known). White Widow is the rarest of weed, but if smoked, you will need a wheel chair.
74 Marijuana can grow in most climates.
75 Marijuana inspires painters to pain, writers to write, and musicians to music… or sing.
76 Marijuana is fibrous meaning that its fibers can be used to manufacture textiles.
77 There are patented machines that were designed to cultivate hemp which now remain useless since they are obsolete.
78 Marijuana will make the US less materialistic.
79 Marijuana is biodegradable.
80 Marijuana is a renewable resource that can help us prevent global warming.
81 Marijuana, if legal, will create a less of demand for harder drugs, thus eliminating cocaine.
82 With a nationwide health care plan, and marijuana being legal, GSK and other pharmaceutical monopolies will lose billions!
83 Marijuana can eliminate hostility in aggressive people. For example, if you were to give hostile criminals marijuana, they won’t be hostile.
84 Psychologists could study deeper human motives while the patient was high on marijuana. This has since been stopped since the marijuana ban.
85 The US government could have an economic overhaul if they legalized marijuana.
86 how can people criticize something they never tried?
87 Marijuana can create an agriculture spike in demand for labor, thus allowing more jobs for immigrants.
88 Indoor growth in peoples houses will stop since technically it is not worth growing indoors if it were legal.
89 The price of marijuana will drop allowing drug dealers to do something else.
90 The US state stores, where they sell alcohol can sell marijuana as well.
91 With the sudden drop in people in jail for non-violent crimes will cause states to have more revenue since they don’t have to pay to keep innocent people in jail.
92 the extra funding grated to states will allow for increase treatment for addiction to harder drugs.
93 If legalized marijuana will become the drug of choice over Cigarettes and alcohol.
94 States with the extra revenue can place more funding into schools telling people not to do drugs.
95 Job training can be provided to low income families with zero expense to the tax payers. All funded by the taxation of marijuana.
96 States can make legislation stating that cultivation of marijuana should be regulated with a license to grow. Licenses will allow people to pay taxes on the marijuana they produce.
97 Tax stamps can also produce revenue on states that are too large or to populated to regulate cultivation.
98 Marijuana is an excellent party drug. For thousands of years mankind used marijuana as an intoxicant.
99 Marijuana, despite what you heard, is a lot of fun.
100 Marijuana is the only drug that, if made stronger, still can not kill you.
101 Marijuana can create stronger family ties by relieving stress form the work environment.
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1. Marijuana prohibition violates liberty.
America has a long and proud tradition of believing in, and increasingly upholding, the right of its citizens to make their own choices about their own bodies, their own property, their own finances, and their own lives. On the progressive left, activists have worked hard for decades to guarantee that civil liberties are respected in America and a common self-description among progressives is “pro-choice.” On the conservative right, activists abhor what they deride as “the nanny state” and its proclivity to regulate every aspect of our personal decisions down to the kind of light bulbs we use, the amount of water in our toilets, and even our food choices. If liberty is a principle most Americans value, and their typical rhetoric is more than just lip service, then the government should stop prohibiting marijuana for the same reason it doesn’t prohibit alcohol use, cigarette smoking, birth control, certain kinds of foods, and other choices that Americans make about their own bodies every day: because in America we believe in liberty.
2. Marijuana is safer than its legal alternatives.
According to former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, the active drug ingredient in marijuana, THC, is not physiologically addictive the way nicotine and caffeine are, and it’s not fatally toxic to the brain and body in high amounts the way alcohol is, yet these alternatives are legal and marijuana is not. It’s not even a gateway drug. The argument for prohibition from the standpoint of health and safety then, is curiously suspect. In a rigorous twenty year study of over 5,000 men and women published just this January by the American Medical Association, researchers found that casual marijuana use (defined as smoking up to a joint a week for twenty years or even a joint a day for seven years) not only doesn’t harm lung function, but “was associated with increases in lung air flow rates and increases in lung capacity.” Seriously.
3. Marijuana prohibition harms addicts.
While marijuana is not physiologically addictive and users are not subject to physiological withdrawal symptoms if they discontinue prolonged marijuana use, those users who suffer from a psychological addiction to the drug are stigmatized and marginalized by a policy that treats them as criminals, not as sick people in need of medical help. Prohibition discourages them from seeking help for their addiction should they want it. According to David Linden, professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the chief editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology, “When you look at the biology, the only model of addiction that makes sense is a disease-based model, and the only attitude towards addicts that makes sense is one of compassion.” Dr. Linden also says, “Simple possession should never be dealt with predominately in the penal system. It is a medical phenomenon.”
4. Marijuana prohibition is unconstitutional.
Federal marijuana prohibition by way of the Controlled Substances Act is unconstitutional. Back in 1919, when the federal government wanted to prohibit “the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors” within the United States, it knew that it had to pass a constitutional amendment in order to affect the policy change. That’s because Article I Section 8 of the Constitution clearly defines Congress’ powers, and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Prohibiting marijuana, like prohibiting alcohol, is outside of the legal scope of the federal government’s enumerated powers in the Constitution, so like alcohol, it can only be legally and constitutionally prohibited by constitutional amendment.
5. Legalizing marijuana would actually make our streets safer.
Many critics of drug legalization worry that lifting the prohibition on illegal drugs like marijuana will increase crime and make our streets less safe. A study released last year by the prestigious nonprofit, RAND Corp., indicates that just the opposite might be true. Counter-intuitively, stricter drug policies might actually lead to an increase in crime. The study found “that when hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries were closed last year in Los Angeles crime rates rose in surrounding neighborhoods.” Neill Franklin, the retired Baltimore narcotics cop who now leads Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), argues that “If we legalized and taxed drugs… we’d make society safer by bankrupting the cartels and gangs who control the currently illegal marketplace.” If we legalize the sale of marijuana, law-abiding corporations will sell it instead of criminals. You could buy a pack of marijuana cigarettes at the 7-Eleven down the street. Against their massive economies of scale and base of capital investments, the violent drug dealer on the sidewalk would be put out of business overnight and our cities and suburbs would start becoming a lot safer.
6. Legalizing marijuana would also make the world safer.
This January, the Mexican government updated its death toll figures from the war on drugs, “reporting that 47,515 people had been killed in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderón began a military assault on criminal cartels in late 2006.” Critics of U.S. drug prohibition argue that the violence in Mexico is a direct result of U.S. prohibition measures, which create a black market for marijuana, a black market that Mexican criminal cartels have found lucrative, using their profits to purchase more weapons and engage in more criminal– often violent– activity. To borrow a common argument from Second Amendment activists: If you outlaw the sale of marijuana, only outlaws will profit from the sale of marijuana. And they will use those profits to fund other criminal activities and to protect the profits themselves, violently if necessary. It’s becoming a national security issue.
7. Legalizing marijuana is fiscally smart.
In June of 2010, Philadelphia effectively decriminalized marijuana with the SAM (Small Amount of Marijuana) program, which turned possession of 30 grams of the plant, or less, into a summary offense instead of a misdemeanor. Before the SAM program, Philadelphia spent thousands of dollars prosecuting each case of $10 or $15 worth of marijuana in someone’s pocket. Taxpayers were footing the bill for trials, judges, court-appointed defense attorneys, prosecutors, lab tests to confirm that the seized plant was in fact marijuana, and overtime pay for testifying police officers. Now, offenders simply pay a $200 fee to attend a 3-hour class on the dangers of drug abuse, and their record is expunged. DA Williams said “We were spending thousands of dollars for when someone possessed $10 or $15 worth of weed. It just didn’t make sense,” estimating just 12 months after the SAM program started, that decriminalization had already saved the city $2 million. Add to all the costs listed above, the severe and growing cost of America’s record incarcerations– many of them due to non-violent drug use– as well as the foregone tax revenues of legalized marijuana in this country, and it’s not hard to extrapolate that the country is wasting billions of dollars at every level of government at a time when its finances are at the point of crisis.
8. More Americans than ever support legalizing marijuana.
Evangelical minister Pat Roberts isn’t the only one supporting the legalization of marijuana (though it certainly says something that he does). This last October, a Gallup poll found that 50% of Americans say that marijuana should be legalized, the largest ever percentage since Gallup started asking the question in 1969. Gallup‘s figures through the decade suggest a recent exponential growth in the percentage of legalization advocates, which has promising implications for the legalization movement over the next decade. It took ten years for the percentage of legalization supporters to jump ten percent from 30% to 40%, and only two years to jump another ten percent to Gallup‘s most recent figure. And that’s just if polling organizations ask respondents point blank if marijuana should be legalized. A 2010 AP/CNBC survey found that when asked if marijuana should be treated like alcohol, 44% say it shouldn’t be treated any differently than alcohol, and another 12% say it should be treated even more leniently than alcohol, making a total of 56% of the population that believes marijuana should be treated as or even more leniently than alcohol. That’s more Americans than there are who approve of the President or Congress right now.
9. The War on Drugs isn’t working.
An FBI report released last September brims with startling figures about the forty-year-old War on Drugs. Shockingly, in the United States, there is a drug arrest every 19 seconds, making for a total of 1.6 million drug arrests in 2010 alone. The FBI report also includes data which show that 81.9% of all drug-related arrests in 2010 were for simple possession, not drug dealing, and 45.8% of all drug-related arrests were for possession of marijuana. After this many decades, this many arrests, this many wasted dollars, and this many ill-effects of the War on Drugs, does any serious policy analyst, pundit, or politician actually claim that the world’s half-century experiment in drug prohibition has worked? Last year, a 19-member panel of a Global Commission on Drug Policy released a 24-page paper arguing that the “global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.”
10. Legalizing marijuana has worked everywhere it’s been tried.
But everywhere drugs, including marijuana have been legalized or decriminalized, the effects have been stellar. After a year of decriminalization in Philadelphia, the city saved $2 million and crime did not increase. Philadelphia police have told the Philadelphia Daily News “that there has been no noticeable impact on the quality of life in Philadelphia since the [SAM] program went into effect.” In an even more significant case, Portugal decriminalized all drugs– including hard drugs, not just marijuana– over ten years ago. A decade later, Portugal has not only managed to avoid becoming a trainwreck of rampant drug addiction– its drug situation has actually improved. According to TIME Magazine, when Portugal made its sweeping drug reform in 2001, it “had some of the highest levels of hard-drug use in Europe.” Only five years later, “illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled.” And: “Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.”
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