10 Grams Of Weed
It is time to legalize Marijuana.
Chicago Alderman Danny Solis will introduce an ordinance that decriminalizes marijuana possession, (10 grams or less), with "offenders" now receiving $200 tickets, as well as a life long record. A slight departure from the standard erroneous trial-yes, a local step towards sanity, which many other cities and states have already made- great; but facts, common sense, reality, they all demand more than baby steps, they demand a collective leap, they demand outright legalization.
743 out of every 100,000 Americans are in prison. That comes out to roughly 2.3 million people behind bars. For the patriotic optimists out there, both those numbers are good/bad enough for tops in the world, so in other words, no country is as good as us, at locking up their own citizens-yay America! (BTW China has 4x the population, yet only 1.6 million prisoners).
According to the US Department of Justice, roughly a third of all these inmates are imprisoned for non-violent drug offenses, with over 41,000 jailed (not including County/Local Jails) solely due to marijuana offenses. (That’s more than the number imprisoned on all charges combined, in eight individual European Union countries)
A 2010 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that marijuana use among Americans aged 12 and older, rose from 5.8 percent in 2007 to 6.9 percent in 2010. That equates to 17.4 million American teens and adults….who were honest on the survey. That’s 17.4 million (plus 5-10 million liars) "black market consumers", consumers who spend billions of dollars annually on marijuana.
But enough of the complicated facts, let’s talk common sense.
Why is alcohol legal…or Vicodin and OxyContin for that matter, and yet marijuana is not?
Because Marijuana is more dangerous-both for the individual and society?
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