Corey Yardley

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First I would like to clear up that I do not support the use of marijuana or any other drug unless it is being used for medical purposes.  However I do believe that our government needs to decriminalize the policies regarding marijuana.  I REPEAT IT IS NOT HEALTHY, AND I DO NOT SUPPORT RECREATIONAL USE.

It’s common to hear, “marijuana is better than cigarettes and tobacco”, although there is truth to this I find the argument weak unless there are numbers to back it up.  Just because it’s better for your health than cigarettes and tobacco doesn’t make it good for you, this premise sounds uneducated if you don’t present it properly.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alcohol kills about 75,000 people per year (50,000 from alcohol poisoning), and 400,000 Americans die each year from tobacco smoke.  It is a fact that marijuana is non-toxic and it is impossible to overdose from it. 

Another myth of marijuana that I hear in debates is, “No one has died from using marijuana”.  This is false because people have died in car accidents and had marijuana in their system.  However, no one has died directly because of marijuana use.

My generation has grown up to believe that marijuana is this horrible drug that will kill you and will take away everything that you love in your life from you even if you only try it once.  I find the anti-pot commercials comical because there are never facts, just irrelevant propaganda to fill the minds of naiive children.  Instead of misleading them, try educating the children properly.

Marijuana is not physically addictive.  I say physically because anyone can get addicted to anything, video games, sex, gambling, etc., but these things and marijuana are mental addictions.  Cigarettes, alcohol, and even caffiene are more addictive and all three of these give you withdrawal symptoms upon stoppage of use.

I think that we are a long way from legalizing personal use of marijuana, and I definitely don’t think that the U.S. should just jump right in and fully legalize it.  We have bigger issues to resolve first.  I would start small by legalizing the industrial use of hemp.

Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant marijuana, it is has 1%  tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  content which basically means it can’t produce a high.  Hemp is also known as “ditch-weed” and could benefit our industry to make paper, paints, and clothing and many other environmentally safe products.  We would no longer need to cut down trees in order to make paper, in fact our Declaration of Independence was made of hemp paper.

In 1942 the federal government encouraged American farmers to grow hemp, and farmers produced hundreds of thousands of acres when we ran low on supplies during World War II.  Growing hemp was banned once the war was over, which is why you can find wild marijuana plants in some areas of the United States.

We could save money from buying hemp from Canada by growing it here in the United States.  We could even make hemp an export and sell it to other countries around the world. 

Marijuana could stimulate the American economy just like alcohol did in the great depression in the 30’s.  The government banned alcohol then made it legal again and experts credit alcohol sales as a large contribution that helped the economy get back on track.

The United States spends 181 billion dollars a year to prohibit the use of marijuana according to retired general A.T. Dean.  Tax Money well spent considering the number of marijuana users in America continues to sore among all age groups.  

So just to get things straight.  The United States government is spending OUR tax money on prohibiting a plant that grows from God’s green earth that:

1.  Is proven to be valuable in the medical field

2. Is proven as a natural resource that could save trees

3. Is less harmful and addictive than tobacco and alcohol

4. Crowding our prisons with non-violent offenders

5. Could steer our economy in the right direction

Not only is the prohibition of marijuana illogical, but it doesn’t even work!  Marijuana is still being shipped into our country by Mexican drug cartels and we aren’t doing a thing about it except give them money that they don’t deserve.   The United States Government is letting a bunch of drug abusing, uneducated gangsters make us look foolish.

Let’s take the correct steps towards this drug war that will never be won.  Make it available for those who need it medically.  Use the plant for what it is worth not only medically, but industrially.  Educate the children properly, focus less on marijuana and perhaps more on prescription drug use.  I don’t think that this is the biggest problem in the United States, but it’s one that could be easily, and quickly fixed.

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Written by coreyyardley

April 18, 2011 at 10:12 PM

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  1. they interfering w/ me right to freedom of religion man

    LifeWithChad

    April 19, 2011 at 8:33 PM


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