LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN TENNESSEE
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Tennessee State Senate Tennessee State House Tennessee Governor
Legalization of Recreational Marijuana
Marijuana was not made illegal over public health concerns, but out of racism which still exists in TN to this day.
Marijuana accounts for 53% of all drug arrests in Tennessee, 33% of which are for simple possession. Approximately 20,000 residents of Tennessee are arrested for marijuana possession each year. With the requirement for arrest being 1 ounce of marijuana worth potentially $580 dollars at street value, equating to $11,327,400 minimum worth of potential sales in a legal setting, based on arrests alone. With Tennessee’s tax rate of 9.25%, this equates to $1,047,784.50 in potential tax revenue per year at a minimum. (Drugscience)
Recreational legalization has already been shown by Forbes.com to be a massive boost in tax revenue for states that have taken the first steps. After Legalization, Tennessee can expect figures similar to the state of Washington where marijuana sales will generate $700,000,000 in tax revenue by 2019, or Colorado where tax revenue from marijuana exceeded and nearly doubled the $42,000,000 collected from alcohol taxes in the last fiscal year with an astonishing $70,000,000 in tax revenue. Colorado witnessed a $2,000,000 boost in tax revenue from a 10% flat tax on all marijuana products added to the original sales tax of 2.9% in just the first month of 2014 from marijuana sale. Regardless of special taxes in areas of Colorado, sales stayed consistent and healthy, with a total of $14,200,000 worth of marijuana sold. The legalization also came with a bylaw that dedicated the first $40,000,000, which was met in the first fiscal year, of tax revenue directly to school construction. (Forbes)
Alcohol, a legal drug, caused 88,000 deaths from 2006-2010, according to the CDC. Marijuana has never been reported to cause death in the history of mankind. One would sooner die of smoke inhalation than of an overdose of THC. Recreational legalization poses no threat to public health or society even when driving. Studies show that motor skills can not be impaired by marijuana more than the legal limit of 0.05% Blood Alcohol Concentration. Driving while under the influence of THC, while not recommended, is still safer than alcohol, according to a 2001 study. (NORML)
In Tennessee, marijuana prohibition has created a racial disparity of arrests in an otherwise fairly equal society of marijuana users. Marijuana users of African descent are 4 times more likely to be arrested than their Caucasian counterparts, even though Caucasians are 5% more likely to partake in recreational marijuana, according to a study done by the American Civil Liberties Union. (ACLU)
The American Chemical Society has shown that Marijuana is an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s. Rather than further bogging down our healthcare system with prescription marijuana, legalizing it for recreational purposes will allow those with medical disorders to treat themselves. It is also nature’s oldest nausea medication for cancer patients, as well as a stimulant for those who suffer from narcolepsy.(ACS)
Tennessee should adopt legislation that legalizes growth, sale, and use of recreational marijuana for all citizens of the age of majority, create bylaws that directs this tax revenue back into the state’s infrastructure, school system, and potential growing subsidies in order to compete with other states on recreational marijuana. While arguments may be made to Marijuana’s sole use as a medicine, we must remember that harm to one’s self is not brought on by recreational use. It is of the same calibre as over-the-counter cold medicine, not a Schedule 1 drug. Arguments for marijuana being medicinal aim to keep this Schedule 1 status for the drug, so that pharmaceutical companies may doctor and extract certain parts of marijuana for medicinal use, ignoring the fact that all it takes to get all the ingredients into one’s body, is to smoke it as any recreational user will do. (Me)
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LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN TENNESSEE Эта петиция собрала 8 340 подписантов This petition will be delivered to: Tennessee State Senate Tennessee State House Tennessee Governor