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While marijuana is now legal in a couple of states, we still have a long way to go. We’ve heard all sorts of reason to legalize weed—from half-baked reasons like “because I want to get high”, to fully legitimate reasons like medicinal uses. Here are Karmajello’s top 10.

 Top 10 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana

Top 10 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Although marijuana is now legal in a couple of states, the movement still has a ways to go. Here's KarmaJello's top 10 reasons to legalize marijuana in the USA.

  • 10. The people want it

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    More than 45% of the US population support legalization and think that marijuana should be completely legal.

  • 9. Because it's our right

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Liberty, life and the pursuit of happiness are unalienable rights written right in the declaration of independence.

  • 8. Arrests disproportionately affect minorities

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Arrests for possession disproportionately affects blacks and hispanics, which heavily reinforces the perception that law enforcement is prejudiced.

  • 7. THC is less toxic than nicotine

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    THC, the active chemical in marijuana is less toxic and less addictive than nicotine.

  • 6. Marijuana has many uses

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    It was first cultivated more than 5,000 years ago, and is one of the oldest agricultural commodities not grown for food, as its stalks can be used for a variety of industrial purposes.

  • 5. Lower crime rates

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Countries where marijuana is legal has significantly lower crime rates than the USA.

  • 4. Legalized marijuana would reduce money to gangs

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    CNBC estimates that the marijuana trade moves as much as $120 billion per year. Due to its illegal nature, a good chunk of that goes towards criminal gangs.

  • 3. The war on pot costs $42 billion per year

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    At that rate, we could employ 880,000 school teachers at the average US teacher salary of $47,602 per year.

  • 2. Marijuana is an effective treatment

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    For many serious illnesses like AIDS, glaucoma, cancer and multiple sclerosis, marijuana is an effective treatment, and, in some cases, the only treatment.

  • 1. Marijuana has never killed anyone

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    On the flip side, the CDC links alcohol to some 76,000 deaths in the USA each year.

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