The federal legalization of medicinal marijuana is favored by the vast majority of Americans:(http://justsaynow.firedoglake.com/2011/11/18/77-percent-support-medical-marijuana/). But many if not most republicans are against this. They hypocritically scream about liberty and freedom but then insist that they be able to get in between a doctor and his patient. This is absurd. Just as it is absurd for marijuana in general to be illegal when about half of Americans want it legalized in all cases: (http://www.livescience.com/16591-record-high-americans-legal-marijuana.html). To be fair, many democratic politicians are stubbornly against legalization as well.
The reality is that marijuana use is rarely dangerous. How many people die from a marijuana overdose each year? If your answer is zero you would be very close. How many people smoke pot and cause a car crash or start a fight? Again, the answer is close to zero. At worst it makes users tired, goofy and lazy. Good things? No, but don't people have an inalienable right to be tired, goofy and lazy? Additionally, we spend tens of millions of tax dollars each year enforcing anti-marijuana laws. Police waste thousands of hours arresting people for possession. Incarceration costs us tens of millions as well and for what exactly? Why do so many insist they be able to tell others what they can and cannot do in their private lives? If you believe in individual liberty you have no basis to be against marijuana use, especially when it is used in the privacy of someones home.
The legalization of marijuana and regulation of same, will both increase liberty and raise tax revenue. Legalize. Regulate. Tax. It is a win-win.
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