Colorado and Washington have recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana and most believe other states are about to follow. Recent surveys have found that 54% of Americans now feel marijuana should be legalized, an increase from 12% in 1969. Additionally, nearly 75% feel that efforts to enforce anti-marihuana laws are more costly than beneficial. Marijuana supporters claim alcohol, tobacco and prescription drug use kills at least 500,000 Americans each year, but no deaths have been directly attributed to marijuana use. They say it is a waste of humanity and resources to incarcerate so many non-violent offenders. They also claim that political pressure, not medical research, caused this drug to be outlawed in 1936. Health advocates claim marijuana use benefits glaucoma patients and relieves the pain of people suffering from cancer and other illnesses. Our pharmaceutical industry must see some truth in this claim since, besides law enforcement, it is one of the strongest forces opposing legalization. Some marijuana opponents claim legalizing marijuana will act as a gateway to the use of dangerous drugs. However, this claim has been refuted by numerous medical studies and only one in three Americans believe this is a real concern.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1013 - Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act

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May 21, 2020
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May 27, 2020

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