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Since the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 illegalized the use of personal marijuana, people around the nation have asked for law reform to make marijuana legal for all uses, whether personal or medicinal.
To date, there has not been a single recorded death caused by marijuana overdose, while other drugs such as alcohol has been allowed and kills thousands of people a year.
The reasons for the illegalization of marijuana were based on fear that was not scientifically backed up. In recent history, tests have been conducted and found that the negative effects of marijuana were grossly overstated.
Marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol.
Deaths from the two substances. There are hundreds of alcohol overdose deaths each year, yet there has never been a marijuana overdose death in history. The consumption of alcohol is also the direct cause of tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. each year.
Alcohol is one of the most toxic drugs, and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect can lead to death. Marijuana is one of – if not the – least toxic drugs, requiring thousands times the dose one would use to get the desired effect to lead to death. This “thousands times” is actually theoretical, since there has never been a recorded case of marijuana overdose.
Long-term marijuana use is far less harmful than long-term alcohol use.
The United Kingdom's Science and Technology Select Committee considers alcohol far more harmful than marijuana.
Studies find alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic violence and sexual assault and marijuana use does not.
Studies find alcohol use contributes to aggressive behavior and acts of violence, whereas marijuana use reduces the likelihood of violent behavior.
Alcohol use is prevalent in cases of sexual assault and date rape on college campuses. Marijuana use is not considered a contributing factor in cases of sexual assault and date rape, as judged by the lack of discussion of marijuana in sexual assault and date rape educational materials.
On September 28th, 2009, Marc Scott Emery surrendered himself to Canadian authorities and is currently awaiting extradition to the United States of America for sentencing on politically-motivated charges of "Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana", "Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana Seeds" and "Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering".
To qualify for extradition under the Extradition Act, the offence involved must meet a specific threshold of having resulted in a jail sentence of two years or more had it taken place in Canada.
Furthermore, as long as the person’s political "offence" in the requesting country was non-violent, Canada will refuse to surrender the individual to the requesting state.
For a synopsis of the Canadian Extradition act, please see:
Marc Scott Emery is a political prisoner being sought for his role in helping to finance marijuana activist groups in Canada and abroad calling for decriminalization and an end to marijuana prohibition.
This petition's goal is to show the voice of the people of the state of Maryland. By today's common knowledge, there is outstanding proof that Marijuana has been for many years misunderstood and people were uneducated and forced into believing that it was extremely harmful.
Most of these forced ideas were backed by our government. Which has made people believe even to this day that marijuana not just harms but even kills. Yet there are 0 documented deaths caused by the plant. By common knowledge half a million U.S. citizens die from Tobacco, no record of a death or even proof of the cause of cancer from marijuana. 71 people are killed each day in alcohol related accidents in the U.S. compared to the 0 from marijuana. I long for a safer place for me, my family, my friends, and even my children and their children and so on.
With the Decriminalization of Marijuana in the state of Maryland we could do our part to cut down on the mass amounts of deaths each year from alcohol and tobacco, save and put mass amounts of money spent on the "War on Drugs" to good use such as schooling, health care, etc. and save the mass amounts of people who don't deserve to be in jail the right they are being declined to live a normal life, see their husbands, wives, children and other family, and allow them to be FREE.
Do your part, make our state a safer and better place to live in.
In recent studies shown in 2002/2003 the use of marijuana is remarkably low with states that have the plant decriminalized like let's take Illinois vs. Ohio.
Ohio has decriminalized marijuana and the use is about 20% lower than Illinois which has not decriminalized cannabis.