It’s no secret that the public acceptance of cannabis is growing. Now that it’s 2017, the herb is legal for medical use in 28 states including Washington D.C. Also, there are four states where you can light up recreationally. The overall goal for weed enthusiasts is to legalize cannabis worldwide, though. And until that happens, the fight to end the war on drugs once and for all will continue. With that said, here are 11 things cannabis users wants weed lawmakers to know.
1. It’s just a plant
Unlike many man-made drugs, cannabis is a plant that grows naturally in the wild. Similar to the trees and flowers that surround you, weed blossoms in the great outdoors. For this reason, it only makes sense to legalize it, being that the earth provides it already.
2. Everyone smokes weed
People of all ages enjoy sparking a joint from time to time. From college students to senior citizens, cannabis use isn’t limited to one generation.
3. Tobacco is legal, so cannabis should be too
Did you know that cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, all of which are toxic? Not to mention, 70 of these chemicals are proven to cause cancer. Again, weed is 100% natural. So if tobacco is legal, then pot should be too.
4. It won’t kill you
In case you were wondering, weed is responsible for zero deaths each year. Meanwhile, alcohol, tobacco, and other substances kill thousands of people annually.
5. Just because it’s not for everyone doesn’t mean it’s dangerous
It’s true; weed isn’t for everyone. But no one can deny the fact that it’s extremely beneficial for thousands of people, even children.
6. People have been using the herb for centuries
In fact, cannabis use dates back as far as 2727 BC. During that time, Chinese Emperor Shen Nung, one of the world’s earliest pharmacologists, discovered that the female side of cannabis was therapeutic. For this reason, he began cultivating it for his medicine. He even recommended it for over 100 illnesses.
7. Keeping it illegal will not stop people from using it
Legal or not, if someone wants to consume the herb, then they will.
8. Weed’s medical benefits are legit
From arthritis to chronic pain, the herb can treat a variety of ailments. While pot is still illegal on a federal level, 28 states, including Washington D.C., have their own laws set in place to allow its use for medical purposes.
9. Violence will decrease when weed is legal
While weed enthusiasts are a peaceful bunch, the people they get their goods from aren’t always so friendly. In fact, several people die each year during pot busts, deals, and sometimes, just by stepping foot onto an illegal farm.
Not to mention, Mexican drug cartels make 60% of their profit from cannabis. This same group also murders over 6,000 people a year. Legalization could end the violence once and for all.
10. Hell hasn’t broken loose in legal states
At the present time, over half of the US provides some sort of legal pot. And in states like Colorado, residents can use the herb for personal use. Although some lawmakers are led to believe that legalization will do more harm than good, it seems as though everyone is doing just fine, if not better.
11. Majority of Americans support the herb
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 71 percent of Americans would oppose a federal crackdown on legal cannabis. Also, 93 percent are for medical pot. With that said, it’s safe to say that millennials just, like, wants to see it legalized already.