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November 4, 2010

Vol. 1, No. 2

An original publication


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was the issue brought about by prop 203 to Arizona. A lot of you aren’t able to vote and don’t quite know all the props, but Prop 203 was placed on the ballot in order to legalize medical marijuana. As many of you may know, California is one step ahead and already has legal medical marijuana. However, Prop 19 in California would have legalized marijuana all together. Our thought toward the issue is, “what a great idea!” Please don’t think our “legalize marijuana” thought is that of stoners. Us thinking marijuana should be legal is by no means just to make it easy to get. Rather, we like the possible benefits legalization of marijuana could bring. Every year in the U.S. billions of dollars are spent trying to stop marijuana use and activity. This is taxpayers’ money, which is wasted on a lost cause. We say a lost cause because we know just as well as any other teenager, that getting weed is much easier than getting alcohol. And, therefore that shows that if people are worried teenage use of marijuana would rise, that is probably not likely as it is already easy enough to get it with it illegal. In fact, it could almost get harder for teenagers to get weed because sources of legal marijuana would be carefully monitored. So rather than trying to stop marijuana activity, and wasting so much money, why not legalize and tax it? Then you may actually create revenue for the state, which could go towards causes such as helping children. Because of Arizona tobacco law, about 40% of the tax made off a pack of cigarettes goes to health care programs for young children, and the same could be done with marijuana taxes. Another effect of legalizing marijuana is that it could cripple Mexican cartels’ income. The cost of marijuana was expected to drop about 80% from the medical cost if it were legalized. The price would be similar to what is

on the street illegally. This would challenge Mexican cartels that produce approximately 60% of their income from illegal selling of marijuana. And how could this not be a good thing? Some say it would cause them to move into other drugs that are worse than weed. Though a possibility, this is an unlikely case still because weed is much easier to produce and sell so it would be difficult for Mexican cartels to establish an alternative mode of income as easy as marijuana. Alcohol is an overwhelming cause of death in America. Alcohol can be linked to almost 75,000 deaths in America each year. There have also been many cases of alcohol overdose deaths whereas overdose on marijuana alone has never been reported. Alcohol related traffic fatalities are near 13,000 per year, which is about 32% of all traffic fatalities. On the other hand it is estimated that marijuana is the main cause of 1% of traffic fatalities, which is about 400 per year. If you look at the statistics, much more injuries and deaths are alcohol related rather than marijuana related. So why alcohol is more accepted, we have no clue. It seems that history is soon to repeat itself as marijuana being illegal is much like the prohibition of alcohol in America from 1920-1933. Alcohol was available with a doctor’s prescription in those years, just like marijuana in some places now. And when alcohol was illegal there was much widespread crime associated with the selling of alcohol, much like the crime today with marijuana. The legalization of marijuana is just around the corner even with the failure of California’s Prop 19. We will be happy for that day to come, not so we can go smoke a joint, but so that we can all witness the benefits legalization might bring. Signed your friends, Cheech & Chong

Quote of the week- “The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered con-

siderably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.” -Albert Einstein

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Deals with the legalization of Marijuana in Arizona/US

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