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10. Hemp benefits are denied. Hemp can be made into paper, paneling, plastics, clothing and thousands of other useful products. The highly nutritious seeds can be used to make flour, cooking oil and cattle feed.

This environmentally friendly plant grows without herbicides, nourishes the soil, matures quickly and provides high yields. It's the number-one biomass producer in the world - ten tons per acre in four months. It could be an excellent fuel-producing crop.

Hemp, "nature's perfect plant," could bring a bonanza to hurting American farmers while greatly reducing America's dependence on fossil fuels, which could significantly mitigate climate change.

9. Prohibition diverts billions from the needy. More than 50 government agencies feed at the drug war trough. Food stamps and other social programs are being slashed while billions are spent trying to stop adults from using marijuana.

8. Prohibition is clearly counterproductive. Guaranteeing massive profits to anyone on earth who can produce and deliver marijuana to our streets cannot do anything but assure that even more will be produced and delivered.

7. Criminalizing marijuana lacks moral justification. A real crime implies a victim and a perpetrator. Can you imagine being jailed for robbing yourself? As insane as this sounds, our government has done the equivalent by making adult use of marijuana a crime.

Only a depraved, corrupt government could invent a crime you commit against yourself.

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6. Marijuana users are not debased human beings. Cultures throughout history - and pre-history! - have altered their minds with a variety of drugs. Billions around the world derive positive benefits from mind-altering drugs (especially from alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and marijuana).

Demonizing and criminalizing some drugs, while approving others without rational criteria, is clearly arbitrary and deceitful. Why are marijuana users criminals while alcohol and tobacco users are not? Why are marijuana dealers demonized, but alcohol and tobacco dealers are not?

5. Marijuana is effective medicine. There's overwhelming evidence that marijuana can safely relieve pain, nausea and vomiting caused by various illnesses. In fact, marijuana is patently safer than many commonly prescribed drugs.

4. Promising medical research is thwarted. The discovery of naturally occurring marijuana-like substances in the human body that activate so-called cannabinoid receptors has opened up vast possibilities for new medicines derived from the 66 or so cannabinoids identified in marijuana. These receptors are not just in the brain, but also found in many other parts of the body including the immune, endocrine and reproductive systems.

3. Billions in potential taxes go to drug cartels. Our cash-strapped states are being cheated out of billions that could be obtained by taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol.

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2. Thousands of prohibition murders occur each year. Mexico is the world's largest exporter of marijuana (most goes to the United States). There were at least 24,000 prohibition-related murders in Mexico since 2006. Thousands more died here, also a direct result of marijuana prohibition.

1. Prohibition denies our most basic human right. Prohibition takes away our right of sovereignty over our own bodies and gives this power to government. Does any other human right make sense if we don't have sovereignty over our own bodies?

There's a word for people who don't have sovereignty over their own bodies: slaves.

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Carmen Yarrusso, a software engineer for 35 years, designed and modified computer operating systems (including Internet software). He has a BS in physics and studied game theory and formal logic during his years with the math department at (more...)
 

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1- Prison for blacks. a- this takes over a mi... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 7:53:47 AM
I agree on all counts...what we are witnessing are... by Hugh Yonn on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:22:53 AM
Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on cr... by Hugh Yonn on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:16:52 AM
The text of the second section of the Declaration ... by Philip Pease on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:19:29 AM
This is exactly what I was taught in American publ... by Hugh Yonn on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:28:39 AM
Abso-effing-lutely! The founding document of this ... by mrk * on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:44:23 AM
Here in Washington State, and in Colorado, we had ... by Deborah Dills on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 12:41:01 PM
The first reason given in the article needs clarif... by Mark Gibbs on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 12:54:29 PM
The first reason simply states, "hemp benefits are... by Carmen Yarrusso on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 1:58:52 PM
Despite 40 years and $1 trillion-plus of taxpayer ... by Michael Dewey on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 12:58:28 PM
To ask to 'legalize" marijuana-hemp...cannabis... by John Jonik on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 5:08:52 PM
US Justice by John Jonik... by John Jonik on Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 5:20:10 PM