Legalize Marijuana To Reduce Government Spending

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One toke over the line feels good

Stop arresting Americans for possession or cultivation of marijuana for personal and/or medical use. If you think no one gets arrested for smoking marijuana anymore you are sadly ill-informed.

According to NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuna Laws):

In 2010, state and local law enforcement arrested 853,838 people for marijuana violations. Annual marijuana arrests have nearly tripled since the early 1990s, and is the highest number ever recorded by the FBI. As has been the case throughout the 1990s, the overwhelming majority of those charged with marijuana violations in 2010 – 758,593 Americans (88 %) – were for simple possession. The remaining 99,815 individuals were for “sale/manufacture,” an FBI category which includes marijuana grown for personal use or purely medical purposes.
These new FBI statistics indicate that one marijuana smoker is arrested every 37 seconds in America. Taken together, the total number of marijuana arrests for 2010 far exceeded the combined number of arrests for violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

[Source: NORML.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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