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Post  Jonny on Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:54 pm

Intro
Mass Acceptance is working to change marijuana's image in America. Just a few years ago, marijuana legalization seemed like a pipe dream, but today it appears to be the way of the future. Maybe it's because the government's lies have been brought to the attention of the public or maybe it's because there are many benefits to legalization and none of the alleged risks have proven substantive . The truth of the matter is that prohibition has never worked to reduce consumption or reduce crime. In fact during the era of alcohol prohibition people were drinking more than ever and the crime syndicates that grew up around prohibition wreaked havoc on society for years to come.

Medical
Marijuana has been used in the treatment of many diseases including AIDS, cancer, MS, Crohn’s, Tourette’s, glaucoma, and epilepsy. Currently, in order to acquire medicine, patients have to deal on the black market. This not only makes it difficult for them to find medicine when they need it, but it exposes them to other risks as well. Patients aren’t able to receive marijuana even under medical supervision. Instead, they are force-fed harmful chemicals with debilitating side effects and made to endure hazardous treatments like chemo therapy with no effective relief from its symptoms.



Social
Mass Acceptance of marijuana as a medicine is more prevalent now than ever before. Extensive testing, on the dangers posed by marijuana adapting to society, has been performed and no clear evidence of any threat could be determined. In fact, reducing the priority of marijuana law enforcement has been shown to reduce consumption. Statistics are interesting but, if we want an accurate reading on society, we should consult society.

http://www.masscann.org/masscann/freedom-rally/426-22nd-freedom-rally-video

You are not alone in your disappointment with the government's marijuana policies. Every year on Boston Common MassCann, and NORML, hold the "Freedom Rally" where tens of thousands of people congregate and indulge in civil disobedience by lighting up in public.

Freedom Rally pics: http://thephoenix.com/boston/life/127051-photos-freedom-rally-2011-at-boston-common/?page=2#TOPCONTENT


Economic
Marijuana legalization and taxation would generate an estimated $100B a year in revenues and would provide a bountiful source of natural fibers for making clothing and paper and millions of other everyday products. It would also create jobs in a time of economic depression. Add that to the money saved on law enforcement and the court and prison systems and we’re left with a considerable savings.


Film in the financial district -or- find pictures of banks online

Civil Rights
Opponents argue that legalization would give teens increased access to marijuana. This simply isn’t true. Marijuana legalization would prevent dispensaries from being within 1,000 ft. of a school, playground, or park or 300 ft. from any residence. According to federal guidelines, the penalties for operating within these limits include seizure of property and 40 years in prison. These harsh rules make it virtually impossible for shops to operate in urban areas and with marijuana widely available at any high school in the state, legalization would curb access to teens.


Counter-argument
Yet, with all the evidence supporting the medical, economic and social benefits of marijuana legalization, the Federal government insists on keeping marijuana on Schedule I, the most restrictive drug schedule, along with heroin, LSD, and Ecstasy. Many states refuse to yield to the will of federal mandates. Sixteen states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for medicinal use and thirteen have decriminalized it, in defiance of the national government. Right now Massachusetts has a joint medical marijuana bill slated to be on the November ballot and another bill pushing for full legalization is on its way there. The federal bill, “H.R.2306 -- Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011” which was introduced in June of last year, is currently pending opinions from various subcommittees and branches of government. There are plenty of ways to take action but now, is the best time to speak your mind. Send letters, sign petitions, let your voice be heard.



Conclusion
Understanding that marijuana poses no significant threat and would have a beneficial effect on the economy and society, relives some of the fear surrounding it. Marijuana needs to be accepted in Massachusetts, America, and across the globe for what it is and not what it was once believed to be. Mass Acceptance wants to change the minds of millions by exposing them to the truth and dispelling their fears about this useful product. We anticipate your support on Nov. 6th

Jonny

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