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000 Top 10 Reasons
Marijuana Should
be Legal

(from High Times)

10. Prohibition has failed to control the use and domestic production of marijuana.

9. Arrests for marijuana possession disproportionately affect blacks and Hispanics and reinforce the perception that law enforcement is biased and prejudiced against minorities.

8. A regulated, legal market in marijuana would reduce sales and use of marijuana among teenagers as well as reduce their exposure to other drugs in the illegal market.

7. Legalized marijuana would reduce the flow of money from the American economy to international criminal gangs.

6. Marijuana's legalization would simplify the development of hemp as a viable and diverse agricultural crop in the United States, including its development as a new bio-fuel to reduce carbon emissions.

5. Prohibition is based upon lies and disinformation.

4. Marijuana is not a lethal drug and is safer than alcohol.

3. Marijuana is too expensive for our justice system and instead should be taxed to support beneficial government programs.

2. Marijuana use has positive attributes, such as its medical value and its use as a recreational drug with relative mild side effects.

1. Marijuana users are determined to stand up to the injustice of marijuana prohibition and accomplish legalization, no matter how long or what it takes to succeed.

Don't be afraid to speak out!

One of the biggest problems in getting people to publicly declare their support for drug policy change is that they are afraid of legal problems if they put their name/face "out there."

I have been vocally advocating for more than ten years, using my real name and my real face. I even had my "I am a pot smoker" letter (see my home page under "Recreational use") published in the primary Wichita newspaper without any repercussions. I've been driving around in my "4TWENTY-mobile" for several years now and have never been pulled over or otherwise harassed by law enforcement for any of my advocacy activities.

So far, what I am doing is perfectly legal: I am exercising my First Amendment Rights . . . before they are lost. If you are tired of having your tax dollars thrown down the rathole of the failed war on drugs, please join me in speaking out.

Every year on the first weekend in May the "Million Marijuana March" takes place in cities around the world. For the past several years, on the first Saturday in May, local marijuana advocates have been bringing their signs and gathering near the tennis center in Riverside Park. At "high noon" participants walk over to the two bridges and the major intersection near the Mid-America All-Indian Center and walk about (on the sidewalks, of course) waving their signs at passing traffic. Law enforcement has never harrassed any of the demonstrators and it's really a lot of fun. So far, though, the largest number of participants has been only about 35. I'm sure there are many more marijuana enthusiasts than that in south central Kansas. Please mark your calendar for the first Saturday in May, make your signs, and plan to join in the fun!
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"Marijuana smokers themselves must provide the energy and the resources to end marijuana prohibition; no one else is going to do this for us."- - - - Author unknown | 620.752.3280 | potwin, usa

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