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We believe that it is time to stop the ineffective, racially biased, and unjust enforcement of marijuana prohibition and to create a new, well-regulated, and inclusive marijuana industry that is rooted in racial and economic justice.
Why Should We Legalize? Reduce harm The criminalization of marijuana use disproportionately harms young people and people of color, sponsors massive levels of violence and corruption, and fails to curb youth access. Create jobs Legalizing and regulating marijuana will bring one of the nation's largest cash crops under the rule of law.
This will create jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market. Save money Scarce law enforcement resources will be better used to ensure public safety while reducing corrections and court costs.
State and local governments would acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales. Promote consumer safety Marijuana product testing is becoming a standard requirement for legalized marijuana markets.
This means consumers are better informed about the marijuana they use. Cannabis flowers with quality testing results on display at a dispensary. DPA product safety recommendations Consumers should consider requesting information on any pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, or any other residual solvents that could remain on flowers after the cultivation process.
Consumers should be sure to inquire about the potency and dosage of an edible product, especially if they are a novice consumer or if the package is not clearly labeled. Testing for mold, fungus, bacteria, and other microbial organisms should be required to ensure safety and quality. The effects of consuming some of these chemicals, especially in the immunocompromised, could be significant.
Flowers and other cannabis products sold to consumers should include cannabinoid profiles on labels, including the content of THC, CBD and other major cannabinoids, and the number and concentration of doses. This is especially important for edible products, which can contain widely varying doses of cannabis.
Marijuana Legalization and Regulation.NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.
Revenue from tax on legal marijuana in Canada should go in part towards public education to teach young people about the risks of drugs, says Liberal MP Bill Blair. "Revenue generated from this. A growing number of states have spoken, and the people want marijuana legalized.
The federal government should wake up and smell the coffee and realize there is nothing that needs to be done. If all of these states legalize medical marijuana in the coming years, we could be left in a peculiar legal situation where every state is in direct conflict with the federal government on marijuana.
Massachusetts Marijuana Sales Begin; Rep. Joe Kennedy Supports Legalization by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director On November 20th, just two days before Thanksgiving, adults over the age of 21 were able to legally purchase marijuana in the state of . By dramatically reducing marijuana arrests and convictions, and generating substantial tax revenues, states that have legalized marijuan aare diminishing many of the worst harms of prohibition.