A Proposal to Legalize, Regulate, and Tax Marijuana in the United States
Submitted to the United State Congress, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and Commander in Chief, Mr. Barrack Obama
Wilmington, North Carolina
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
1600 K St. N.W. Suite 501
Washington, DC 20006
United States House of Representatives
111th Congress, 1st Session
Washington, DC 20515
To all members of the N.O.R. of Marijuana Laws and the United States Congress,
The following document is a proposal on the decade’s long debate over the legalization of marijuana. The growth of citizens questioning this topic has ...view middle of the document...
Marijuana is also used in certain religions as a meditation method, this goes against our freedom of religion. The government does have the right to limit choices if an individual is endangering themselves or others, however, do they have the right to tell us we can’t smoke a natural plant? Where does freedom of choice play a role?
Picture 1: This statement, made to congress when the marijuana tax act was signed, is racist, biased and appalling. This very same law is in effect today, and was put into effect by the same ignorant people almost a century ago.
As the war on drugs continues, we are still seeing a growth in numbers of supporters for legalization of marijuana. Out of 14 million arrests per year, 5.6 million of them tested positive for marijuana, suggesting that on average, 40% of our population has smoked marijuana within the past month. If cigarettes, containing thousands of chemicals, and alcohol, liquid poison, are legal then why can’t a plant that has proven to be harmless be legal? Our court rooms are clogged with possession charges, 90% of which are less than an ounce. We are wasting valuable law enforcement and resources on miniscule charges, when non drug-related crimes are on the rise nationwide. Decriminalization and or legalization would relieve a lot of costs related to imprisonment and enforcement, allowing use to seek new revenues we desperately need. We already know that this is the citizen’s top priority in terms of amending a current law, and we already know how common use of cannabis is, but the statistics on the use, law, and positive consequences of legalization can speak for themselves.
Figure 1, provided by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, shows how common the use of marijuana is, not just in one race or age group. This chart clearly shows that people of all races, classes, and age are users. The majority is between the ages of 18 and 50, the majority of most people’s adult lives. This age range is relevant in proving that people with families, careers, and average lives can still function and use marijuana.
Figure 2, a graph showing the results of a poll conducted by The Washington Post, represents the percent of our population that supports and opposes the reform of our current marijuana laws. The support for legalization has doubled in just a decade. The percent of people who oppose reform dropped 25% in the same decade. The staggering growth rate of pro-legalization citizens clearly defines a need, as well as the consumer demand.
History has shown it, our citizens are screaming it, and the statistics prove that the legalization of marijuana is relevant, important, and portrays endless benefits. Although making a “drug” that has been illegal for so long may potentially be risky in some aspects, the positives that our economy could be showered with from legalization are limitless. This problem can be solved, and I believe if not soon, it will...