10.Nobody Dies from Marijuana Use!
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 37,000 annual U.S. deaths, including more than 1,400 in Colorado, are caused by alcohol use alone. Did you know that the CDC does not even have a category for deaths caused by the use of medical marijuana? Why? Because there are none.
9. Marijuana Used for Illnesses
Our ancestors used marijuana for thousands of years to treat people with medical maladies; today, medical marijuana is encouraged for use to aid people suffering from cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, and a litany of other conditions. It’s a safe, natural alternative.
8. Stop the War on Drugs (A Lost Battle)
According to herbalmission.org, the war on marijuana costs $42 BILLION per YEAR. Think of all the better ways we could utilize this money. Teachers, education, homelessness, just to name a few. But we literally piss it away.
7. Reduce the Flow of Money to Gangs
If we legalized marijuana, it would drastically decrease the amount of money going from the American economy to international criminal gangs. Let’s keep it in the United States and beef up our own economy!
6. Decrease Crime Rates
In countries that have legalized marijuana, their crime rates are very low; the USA leads in number of crime rates. Let’s rid the prisons of marijuana users and focus our police on REAL criminals. Marijuana users are NOT criminals.
5. The Oldest Agricultural Commodity
For almost 5,000 years, marijuana is the oldest agricultural commodity for industrial purposes. It used to be against the law NOT to grow hemp, as it was used to make rope, which was utilized in the shipping industry. President George Washington cultivated marijuana, as did Thomas Jefferson!
4. Causes No Physical Harm or Addiction
Marijuana is a natural plant that does not cause cancer (it helps prevent cancer), does not have nicotine (highly addictive chemical in cigarettes), and is not addictive.
3. Law Enforcement
If we legalized marijuana use, law enforcement officers could focus on catching rapists, murderers, thieves, and serious criminals. Again, marijuana users are NOT criminals.
2. Declaration of Independence
When our founding fathers created the Declaration of Independence, marijuana was just a plant and used for medicinal and probably recreational use. Again, Thomas Jefferson cultivated marijuana. So did George Washington, our very first president of the United States. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is supposed to be a right. We are supposed to be free.
1. People Need It!
People who suffer from illnesses, ranging from mild to acute, could all benefit from the use of marijuana. It was proven thousands of years ago to benefit humans. No side effects, no addiction, no cancer, nothing. So why is this plant illegal?
Thank you to the folks at herbalmission.org for most of this information. 😀