Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965. NORML believes that the time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.
Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.
In 46 states, marijuana smokers still have to worry about being arrested and jailed for their use of marijuana. The latest Uniform Crime Report released a few days ago found more than 700,000 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges during 2014 — a marijuana arrest every 45 seconds. Of those arrests, 88 percent were for simple possession for personal use – just average Americans who enjoy smoking a joint when they relax at the end of the day, just as tens of millions of Americans enjoy a beer or a glass of wine.
marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the agency charged with protecting Americans and our environment from potentially dangerous pesticides, has essentially rebuffed state authorities when they have approached the agency for advice and assistance in getting this right. The states are largely having to develop their own list of which additives are safe to use on marijuana, and which are not. – See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2015/10/12/corrected-version-growing-pains-regulating-the-use-of-pesticides-on-marijuana/#sthash.36vIB3uF.dpuf
The Truth About Weed
1. Cannabis is not harmful, but prohibition is. 2. Cannabis should have never been made illegal. 3. Cannabis has always been a medicine.
4. Choose cannabis for wellness, not intoxication 5. Cannabis reform doesn’t harm communities, it strengthens them. 6. Cannabis should be taxed and regulated as a wellness product. 7. Cannabis reform is a social justice movement. 8. Legalization cannot and will not be stopped.
This is an important book in the way that (CNN) Sanjay Gupta’s film “Weed” was. This book coming out now is another watershed moment in the inevitable normalisation of this simple, safe, and fantastically useful medicinal herb.
America (and the world) is slowly waking up to the issues: the historic embarrassment of prohibition, the institutionalised hypocrisy, the criminal-level waste of taxpayers’ money, and the gross miscarriage of justice dumped on the backs of mostly innocent civilians like you and me. Beyond even these critical things is the fact that America (and the world) is slowly waking up to truth of the genuine benefit Cannabis has today for our well being and the well being of our children, on so many levels.
below. From the year 1860, different states in the US started to implement regulations for sales of Cannabis sativa. A 1905 Bulletin from the US Department of Agriculture lists twenty-nine states with laws mentioning cannabis. In 1925, a change of the International Opium Convention banned exportation of Indian hemp to countries that have prohibited its use. Importing countries were required to issue certificates approving the importation, stating that the shipment was to be used “exclusively for medical or scientific purposes”.
Around 1840, doctors had realized that marijuana had a medical value, therefore it was freely sold for over a century in pharmacies. Marijuana used to be freely grown, sold, bought, and smoked in the United States up until it was criminalized in 1937.
The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was the first US national law making cannabis possession illegal, with the exception of industrial or medical purposes. Growers of hemp products were required to purchase an annual tax stamp, priced at $24, and retailers were required to purchase stamps priced at $1 per annum.
The name marijuana (Mexican Spanish marihuana, mariguana) is associated almost exclusively with the plant’s psychoactive use. The term is now well known in English largely due to the efforts of American drug prohibitionists during the 1920s and 1930s. Mexico officially adopted prohibition in 1925,
The Sanders Campaign shoud adapt a legalization of Marijuana in total. As the Rozzo for Congress Campaign is 100 on board.
The Office of the US Attorney General said in December 2012 that regardless of any changes in state law, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remained illegal under federal law.
Derived from Norml.org