Lake Worth Legislator Pushing Medical Marijuana Bill
Florida has some of the nation's toughest anti-marijuana laws. For instance, anyone caught growing at least 25 plants in their home can be charged with a second-degree felony and face a maximum sentence of 15 years.
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#1 Mar 4, 2013
As a nation we really have to ask ourselves why we keep marijuana illegal at all. There's no question that marijuana is significantly milder, safer and less addictive than alcohol, so what do we gain by preventing people from choosing marijuana instead of alcohol?
In 1937 a government official named Harry Anslinger claimed that marijuana caused people to become ax murderers and sought to make it illegal. In the seventy years since the launch of his prohibition we've learned a few important things: 1.) The prohibition absolutely does NOT stop people using marijuana. 2.) The prohibition causes FAR more harm than what it prevents. 3.) Marijuana use does NOT cause people to become ax murders. In fact, marijuana has repeatedly been proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, violence or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee.
Due to Mr. Anslinger's "mistake" American taxpayers are forced to pay $40 Billion/year for a prohibition that DOESN'T stop people using marijuana. And 700,000 people are needlessly arrested every year for the "crime" of choosing to relax with marijuana instead of alcohol. Despite all the harm that the seven decades of prohibition has caused, we have yet to hear of a single ax murder being prevented by keeping marijuana illegal.
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