Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML, recently said this:
“There are numerous adverse health consequences associated with alcohol, tobacco, and prescription pharmaceuticals—all of which are far more dangerous and costlier to society than cannabis—and it’s precisely because of these consequences that these products are legally regulated and their use is restricted to particular consumers and specific settings. A pragmatic regulatory framework allowing for the limited legal use of marijuana by adults would best mitigate any risks associated with its use or abuse. Such a change would also better restrict cannabis’s availability among adolescents. After all, you don’t hear of drug dealers peddling booze, do you?
The public is ready for a new approach. Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a system of legalization and regulation. A nationwide poll by Rasmussen Reports in May reported that 56 percent of Americans support “legalizing marijuana and regulating it like alcohol or cigarettes” versus only 34 percent who oppose the idea. Every age group polled, including those age 65 and older, favored the plant’s legalization over its continued criminalization.
Despite more than 70 years of federal prohibition, marijuana is here to stay. Let’s acknowledge this reality, cease ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises, and put it in the hands of licensed businesses.”
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