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These days we keep hearing about "legalizing marijuana for recreational use", but what it really appears to be is an attempt to legalize marijuana as a far safer alternative to alcohol.
According to the CDC, alcohol kills 80,000 people every year in the U.S. while marijuana kills none, and marijuana's addiction potential is only about that of coffee.
Since marijuana is significantly milder, safer and less addictive than alcohol, we could prevent a lot of the harm that alcohol causes by letting people choose marijuana instead of alcohol. We need to put the safety of our children FIRST and legalize marijuana like beer and wine.2 months ago
I believe that the cartels and drug dealers are very happy with the current situation. Right now, 100% of the marijuana purchased in Arizona comes from illegal sources. And the cartels and drug dealers would very much like to keep it that way.
It's impossible to eliminate marijuana use in this country and if there's one thing we've learned it's that unrelenting demand and zero legal supply is a *major* recipe for disaster! It should be up to the Governor and federal government to protect us from this situation.
We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales - to keep drug-dealing criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.Aug 2, 2011
$113 billion is spent on marijuana every year in the U.S., and because of the prohibition *every* dollar of it goes straight into the hands of criminals. Far from preventing people from using marijuana, the prohibition instead creates zero legal supply amid massive and unrelenting demand.
According to the ONDCP, two-thirds of the Mexican drug cartel's money comes from selling marijuana in the U.S., and they protect this cash flow by brutally torturing, murdering and dismembering thousands of innocent people.
If we can STOP people using marijuana then we need to do so now, but if we can't then we need to legalize the production and sale of marijuana to adults with after-tax prices set too low for the cartels to match. One way or the other, we have to force the cartels out of the marijuana market and eliminate their highly lucrative marijuana incomes - no business can withstand the loss of two-thirds of its revenue!
To date, the cartels have amassed more than 100,000 "foot soldiers" and operate in 230 U.S. cities, and the longer they're able to exploit the prohibition the more powerful they'll get and the more our own personal security is put in jeopardy.Aug 30, 2010
If the prohibition stopped people smoking then we wouldn't have a problem, but it doesn't. Instead, it creates a situation of zero legal supply amid unrelenting demand.
This is why the Mexican cartels can make $10 billion a year selling marijuana in the U.S. It's also why they torture, murder and dismember innocent people in order to protect this cash flow.
These horrific murders will continue until the demand for cartel weed ends!
Do you have a plan to end the demand for cartel weed, Alex? Or is the butchering of innocent fathers, mothers, lawyers, reporters and politicians ok with you?Aug 18, 2010
I don't believe you can justify that comment, Mike McClellan. The black market cannot continue if the suppliers aren't making a profit.
Legalizing marijuana for adults will allow reputable companies to undercut the criminals and eliminate the profit that fuels their violence.
Do you have anything to add?Jul 16, 2010