Legalizing America’s Number One Cash Crop

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DISCLAIMER: I apologize for how long this is… I have written at length in the past about this topic and am passionate about it.  And, no, I am not a pothead — I simply do not believe in governmental inanity, and this is one of the greatest misrepresentation of American laws in the history of our country.

One of every two Americans has smoked marijuana at least once in their life. Moreover, it is estimated more than 20 million Americans have at least once within the last year.  The overwhelming majority of these users did not go on to become regular marijuana users, try other illicit drugs, or suffer any harmful effects to their health. So who cares? Well, it is a growing issue in both Congress and in society. Should the entire United States, much like some areas of many individual states already have, decriminalize the possession and regulated use of marijuana?

Much to the dismay of anti-marijuana advocates and misinformed high school health teachers, there is a wealth of scientific, as well as social, evidence pointing in the direction of the substance’s decriminalization having a positive outcome.  If marijuana is decriminalized, there is a broad list of social and scientific benefits borne by its legality. Obviously, strict policy restraining a completely unregulated use of marijuana would be necessary, including an age limit. In the most ideal sense, marijuana would be sold much in the same way as alcohol is currently distributed. Marijuana would only be legal for those ages 21 or over, and it would be illegal for minors to produce, purchase, transport, furnish, or use. Secondly, it would only be sold in “state” stores in small amounts, and it would be illegal to produce or sell without proper licensing.  Being psychedelically enhanced in public or driving while under the influence would also still be illegal. Continue reading

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