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1. Cannabis Cancer Trial Now Australia

This petition is dedicated to the single aim of demanding that the Aus government immediately begin a national trial of pure Cannabis oil for cancer patients.

There is a literal mountain of verified scientific evidence from the last 40 years of studies to suggest that ingesting a gram of pure cannabis oil a day for a minimum of 60 days will kill/start to regress most cancers and tumours and that over 90% of cancer patients will achieve significant, long term relief and in many cases complete remission of their cancers and tumours.

We say it is inhumane to deny these people the cure/relief when it exists for use right now, and that the only reason for it being held back is the vested interests of Big Pharmaceutical companies and their political enablers (our politicians).

Before signing we suggest you read Jack Herer's book online on his website JackHerer.com 'the emporor wears no clothes', and you will clearly see that up until 100 or so years ago, and the advent of the Rockefellers, DuPont and William Randolph Hearst, Cannabis/Hemp was the most important plant in the history of the human species.

With your understanding, compassion and courage, it will be again.

Much love and hope for our suffering needy citizens. Help them.

Daryl Aberhart
January 2014

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2. Legalize the most useful plant on the planet

A few decades ago, the most useful plant on the planet was criminalized with absolutely no evidence to back up the reasoning for it to be criminalized.

This plant absorbs carbon dioxide while it grows; reducing the carbon footprint that we-as humans-leave for the future generations. This plant also absorbs harmful radiation.

This plant can be used to make paper, fabrics, building supplies, plastics, fuel, and many other things that are useful to mankind and is a renewable resource. This plant is also the most nutritious food source available. The human body maintains a balance of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids at a ratio of 1:1:2 to function properly. This plant is the only plant in existence that maintains that ratio and is also a great source of fiber.

Within this plant there are compounds very similar to the ones found in breast milk that aid in proper brain and social development in children. The compounds in this plant have been proven to prevent cancer when ingested and to cure cancer when these compounds are concentrated and ingested in high volumes.

There has never been a death or instance of overdose documented in association with this plant or any concentrate derived from this plant.

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3. Legalize marijuana in Nepal

Marijuana (Cannabis) has been banned for a long time in our country. Without knowing no absolute effects about it, the politicians have banned marijuana an with the help of corrupted police have made it unchangeable.

However, until now, no bad effects of marijuana have been found or known anywhere in the globe. Even Unite States of America [U.S.A.] have legalized marijuana in two of it's states i.e. Colorado an Washington, and many states revolting for it's legalization.

The latest and recent scientific researches have found that Marijuana has the ability to cure cancer. Marijuana if legalized can help people addicting to drugs to back down and can improve a country's economy. Also the cutting own of trees or deforestation can be degraded as hemp a type of cannabis can be used for making paper, furniture an other unknown public an medical uses.

With such high functions of its own, Marijuana still is legalized. With many countries making their step to legalize marijuana I have taken a step too by signing this petition, an effort to legalize Marijuana, which was legal around 30 years ago in our country.

See story here: http://goo.gl/d1F15b

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4. Legalize medical marijuana for chronic renal failure and other conditions

Medical marijuana helps with the pain and makes individuals gain weight who have chronic renal failure (due to losing weight).

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5. Legalize Marijuana in Nepal

Marijuana (Cannabis) has been banned for a long time in our country. Without knowing no absolute effects about it, the politicians have banned marijuana an with the help of corrupted police have made it unchangeable.

However, until now, no bad effects of marijuana have been found or known anywhere in the globe. Even Unite States of America [U.S.A.] have legalized marijuana in two of it's states i.e. Colorado an Washington, and many states revolting for it's legalization.

The latest and recent scientific researches have found that Marijuana has the ability to cure cancer. Marijuana if legalized can help people addicting to drugs to back down and can improve a country's economy. Also the cutting own of trees or deforestation can be degraded as hemp a type of cannabis can be used for making paper, furniture an other unknown public an medical uses.

With such high functions of its own, Marijuana still is legalized. With many countries making their step to legalize marijuana I have taken a step too by signing this petition, an effort to legalize Marijuana, which was legal around 30 years ago in our country.

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6. Legalize Industrial Hemp

Our country needs to be more aware of and look into the uses of industrial hemp for our economy. There are so many benefits from it and the different components that the hemp plant offers.

The seeds become oil used in soap, cosmetics, paints, varnishes, and even biodiesel; which can eliminate our country's dependency on foreign oil.

The fibers from the hemp plant can be used for textiles, clothing, canvas, rope, paper, and composite fibers; eliminating the use for fiberglass.

The hurds of the hemp plants can be used for paper, animal bedding, oil absorbent, chemicals, plastics and fuels. Hemp has a growing cycle of 12-14 weeks to create the substances needed for all of these products in our economy whereas you wait hundreds of years just to chop down a tree for these things.

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7. Legalize Hemp in Ireland

Hemp is a truly renewable natural resource for medicine, food, clothes, fuel and building materials.

When used as a medicine hemp has no harmful side affects and no death has ever been linked to hemp but thousands of people around the world die each year from the use of prescription drugs.

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8. Support legalization of medical marijuana

There are so many studies that show the great qualities of medical marijuana.

Please take the time to look at www.montelms.org/medicalmarijuana to see its affects on ms, aids, and chemotherapy.

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9. Legalize Marijuana *(THC The cure for cancer)* in CANADA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2LQvRiJKxQ&feature=player_embedded
A number of studies show that THC provides medical benefits for cancer and AIDS patients by increasing appetite and decreasing nausea. It has also been shown to assist some glaucoma patients by reducing pressure within the eye, and is used in the form of cannabis by a number of multiple sclerosis patients, who use it to alleviate neuropathic pain and spasticity. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is currently supporting further research into these uses.

In August 2009 a phase IV clinical trial by the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel was started to investigate the effects of THC on post-traumatic stress disorders. THC and other cannabinoid agonists have been shown to be beneficial both in open label studies, as well as in laboratory experiments with animals to ameliorate post-traumatic stress disorders.

Preliminary research on synthetic THC has been conducted on patients with Tourette syndrome, with results suggesting that it may help in reducing nervous tics and urges by a significant degree. Research on twelve patients showed that Marinol reduced tics with no significant adverse effects. A six-week controlled study on 24 patients showed that the patients taking dronabinol had a significant reduction in tic severity without serious adverse effects. More significant reduction in tic severity was reported with longer treatment. No detrimental effects on cognitive functioning and a trend towards improvement in cognitive functioning were reported during and after treatment.

Dronabinol's usefulness as a treatment for TS cannot be determined until/unless longer controlled studies on larger samples are undertaken. Research on THC has shown that Cannabinoid receptors are responsible for mediated inhibition of dopamine release in the retina. A growing number of people around the world and in Canada are ingesting Hemp Oil, THC, and curing themselves of life threatening Cancers and other diseases in weeks.

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10. Legalize Marijuana

Our country's war on drugs places great emphasis on arresting people for smoking marijuana. In the last decade, 6.5 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges, a greater number than the entire populations of Alaska, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming combined. In 2006, state and local law enforcement arrested 829,625 people for marijuana violations.

Annual marijuana arrests have nearly tripled since the early 1990s, and is the highest number ever recorded by the FBI.

As has been the case throughout the 1990s, the overwhelming majority of those charged with marijuana violations in 2006 -- 738,915 Americans (89 %) -- were for simple possession. The remaining 90,710 individuals were for "sale/manufacture", an FBI category which includes marijuana grown for personal use or purely medical purposes. These new FBI statistics indicate that one marijuana smoker is arrested every 38 seconds in America. Taken together, the total number of marijuana arrests for 2006 far exceeded the combined number of arrests for violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Like most Americans, people who smoke marijuana also pay taxes, love and support their families, and work hard to make a better life for their children. Suddenly they are arrested, jailed and treated like criminals solely because of their recreational drug of choice. State agencies frequently step in and declare children of marijuana smokers to be "in danger", and many children are placed into foster homes as a result. This causes enormous pain, suffering and financial hardship for millions of American families. It also engenders distrust and disrespect for the law and for the criminal justice system overall. Responsible marijuana smokers present no threat or danger to America or its children, and there is no reason to treat them as criminals, or to take their children away.

As a society we need to find ways to discourage personal conduct of all kinds that is abusive or harmful to others. Responsible marijuana smokers are not the problem and it is time to stop arresting them.

The GrassRootsChamber believes in the ultimate goal of NORML and The NORML Foundation is to end the criminal prohibition of marijuana. We do not believe otherwise law-abiding citizens who smoke marijuana should be arrested and treated like criminals. Adults should be permitted to smoke marijuana in private. Federal prohibition of marijuana should be abolished and the states should be encouraged to experiment with different models of decriminalization.

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11. Legalization of industrial hemp and medicinal marijuana / Honoring of God in public places

I am a target suspect for glaucoma, yet if I were drug tested for it, I would rate a positive THC and be fired.

In the workplace I am not allowed to honor or speak of God as I want while profanity and sexual flirtation occurs in public places.

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12. Put an end to Marijuana (Cannabis) Prohibition in Australia

The facts are simple. Drug dealers don't ask for identification. But what we want is to police who receives medicinal marijuana (cannabis); must be over 18 with sufficient 100 point id, and who farms hemp, mostly for quality control.

Also set up a register of buyers and suppliers, including social cannabis users.

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13. Remove Cannabis from the MoDA 1971 and Allow People to Grow Their Own Cannabis Plants

Cannabis has no overdose level and nobody has ever died from using cannabis.

Cannabis has documented medicinal value, which was finally and publicly acknowledged on Monday June 21st 2010 when Sativex was licensed for medicinal use for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

The Wootton Report of 1969 has been completely ignored by successive UK governments.

It's time to end the criminalising misery of cannabis prohibition!

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14. Hemp The 21st Century Medical Miracle Plant

This petition is to run along side my Save The World Re-Industrialise hemp, for all it's uses, our group currently has over 850 members and has been up and running for a couple of weeks.

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15. Petition to the U.S. Congress to Reverse the Ban on Hemp

Hemp is the most useful plant known to man, and yet it is illegal.

Its oil can be used to run cars relatively free of pollution.

Its fibers are better for clothes than cotton.

It can produce milk.

It's oil yields plastic 10 times stronger than steel that can be used to build things such as cars and trains.

The plastic is biodegradable.

In short, it is ridiculous that this plant is illegal and the ban must be overturned.

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16. Legalize, Tax And Regulate Marihauna For Use By Responsible Adults

Laws against responsible adults using marijuana to relax and unwind after a hard day of work are archaic and simply uninformed by the law enforcement officials and law makers. Changing this law would reduce the prison population by fifty percent making room for hardened criminals and stop ruining innocent peoples lives.

Changing the law would reduce the time and money spent to arrest and prosecute otherwise innocent citizens. This plant could be used for resolving many of our environmental problems plaguing the planet. It can be used to produce clean burning fuels and oils that can be used as healthy cooking oil reducing our dependence on highly toxic petroleum based oils. It can also provide needed medical treatments from relief of pain to nausea and amino acids that are not found anywhere else in nature.

It can provide fiber for strong textiles to long lasting clothing. It can produce better paper and manufactured lumber saving the trees across the planet. And the list go's on and on.

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17. Legalize Marijuana in Canada

Marijuana users are determined to stand up to the injustice of marijuana probation and accomplish legalization, no matter how long or what it takes to succeed. Despite the threat of arrests and a variety of other punishments and sanctions marijuana users have persisted in their support for legalization for over a generation.

They refuse to give up their long quest for justice because they believe in the fundamental values of Canadian society. Prohibition has failed to silence marijuana users despite its best attempts over the last generation. The issue of marijuana's legalization is a persistent issue that, like marijuana, will simply not go away.

Marijuana will be legalized because marijuana users will continue to fight for it until we succeed.

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18. Legalize Marijuana In Canada

The Marijuana, cannabis, or hemp plant is one of the oldest psychoactive plants known to humanity. Cannabis has become one of the most widespread and diversified of plants. It grows as weed and cultivated plant all over the world in a variety of climates and soils.

Cannabis preparations have been used as remedies for thousands of years and the active ingredients of the hemp plant can be put to use in a multitude of medical conditions.

Marijuana has been used throughout history in many different cultures to change mood, perception, and consciousness - in other words, to get high. Its effects range from increasing creativity to provoking mystical experiences, to heightening the capacity to feel, sense and share. After alcohol, it is the most popular of what are called "recreational drugs."

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19. Legalize marijuana for home use only

Driven by the Drug War, the U.S. prison population is six to ten times as high as most Western European nations. The United States is a close second only to Russia in its rate of incarceration per 100,000 people. In 2000, more than 734,000 people were arrested in this country for marijuana-related offenses alone.

The US war on drugs places great emphasis on arresting people for smoking marijuana. Since 1990, nearly 5.9 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges, a greater number than the entire populations of Alaska, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming combined. In 2000, state and local law enforcement arrested 734,498 people for marijuana violations. This is an increase of 800 percent since 1980, and is the highest ever recorded by the FBI.

As has been the case throughout the 1990s, the overwhelming majority of those charged with marijuana violations in 2000-- 646,042 Americans (88 %) -- were for simple possession. The remaining 12% (88,456 Americans) were for "sale/manufacture", an FBI category which includes marijuana grown for personal use or purely medical purposes. These new FBI statistics indicate that one marijuana smoker is arrested every 45 seconds in America. Taken together, the total number of marijuana arrests for 2000 far exceeded the combined number of arrests for violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Like most Americans, people who smoke marijuana also pay taxes, love and support their families, and work hard to make a better life for their children. Suddenly they are arrested, jailed and treated like criminals solely because of their recreational drug of choice. State agencies frequently step in and declare children of marijuana smokers to be "in danger", and many children are placed into foster homes as a result. This causes enormous pain, suffering and financial hardship for millions of American families. It also engenders distrust and disrespect for the law and for the criminal justice system overall. Responsible marijuana smokers present no threat or danger to America or its children, and there is no reason to treat them as criminals, or to take their children away. As a society we need to find ways to discourage personal conduct of all kinds that is abusive or harmful to others. Responsible marijuana smokers are not the problem and it is time to stop arresting them.

Once all the facts are known, it becomes clear that America's marijuana laws need reform. This issue must be openly debated using only the facts. Groundless claims, meaningless statistics, and exaggerated scare stories that have been peddled by politicians and prohibitionists for the last 60 years must be rejected.

ANNUAL AMERICAN DEATHS CAUSED BY DRUGS
TOBACCO ........................ 400,000
ALCOHOL ........................ 100,000
ALL LEGAL DRUGS ................ 20,000
ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS .............. 15,000
CAFFEINE ....................... 2,000
ASPIRIN ........................ 500
MARIJUANA ...................... 0
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Source: United States government...
National Institute on Drug Abuse,
Bureau of Mortality Statistics

The Marijuana Tax Act was introduced in 1937. It required sellers to obtain a license. Blanket prohibition was not the intention. Harry Anslinger (Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner) testified in hearings on the subject that the hemp plant needed to be banned because it had a violent "effect on the degenerate races." This specifically referred to Mexican immigrants who had entered the country, seeking jobs during the Great Depression.

The law passed quickly and with little debate. The American Medical Association (AMA) protested the law soon after, both on the grounds of actual disagreement with the law and the supporter's lies on the subject, claiming the AMA had vocalized support when, in fact, the opposite was true.

There was some legal wrangling over the issue after it was passed. The people who were allowed to issue the licenses did not do so, effectively banning the drugs. The judicial system did not accept, at first, that being arrested in possession of drugs was a tax violation because it must have come from an unlicensed source (because there were no licenses), thereby avoiding taxes. Thus, the federal government did have the right to regulate the ingestion of drugs.

Prohibition must be weighed against the loss of personal freedom. Countries have a responsibility to respect individual free will and the right of self-determination.

The immorality of marijuana use can only be based on one set of moral beliefs. For example, it is discriminatory to claim that Judeo-Christian abstinence from intoxication is the correct set of moral beliefs.

The War on Drugs serves the immediate interests of politicians. By taking a "moral" stand against recreational drugs, or fighting the evils caused by the illegal drug trade they increase their popularity amongst constituents.

Legal prohibition does not stop consumers from consuming drugs, it does not stop trafficants from producing and selling it. The price of the final product increases to abnormally high values because of the black market status, which together with the powerful effects of drug addiction causes users to commit crimes in order to fund their addiction.

Critics of the War on Drugs advocate the partial or complete decriminalization of illegal drugs, combined with a system of regulation, as happens with alcohol and prescription drugs. By providing legal supplies of currently illegal drugs the price will fall, leading to a collapse in the illegal drug industry, and a reduction in crimes committed by both drug suppliers and users. They also argue that the reduction in the price will lead to little, if any, growth in drug addiction, due to the inelasticity of demand. Some even state that in a strictly regulated market, drug use may fall overall, by removing the marketing activities of the illegal drug industry.

It is not worthwhile for a law to forbid people from willingly exposing their own bodies to harm by using drugs, any more than by overeating or bungee-jumping. Obesity is a national epidemic, killing millions every year, but the government has no right to regulate how much citizens eat.

Drug users exercise free will when they chose to use drugs; a person has the right to give up his or her own freedom. A Government does not have the right to dictate them. No drug eliminates free will. It is possible to quit using any drug. Many banned drugs are significantly less deleterious to free will than legal alcohol or tobacco. Severe physiological addiction has been demonstrated for tobacco (stronger than cocaine), but no strong physiological addiction has been shown for marijuana.

Legalization would reduce health care costs by reducing the probability of overdoses and accidental ingestion of an unintended drug through standardization of drug purity by state-sponsored production and sale.

There is no clear and obvious third party harm. Such examples are caused by related activities that can be illegal without blanket prohibition. For example, driving while intoxicated is illegal, while drinking alcohol without driving is not.

Harm caused to children by their parents' excessive drug use is criminal insofar as it constitutes child neglect; drug-specific laws are unneeded.

If drugs were legalized, the companies that manufacture and market them would be sued, such as cigarette companies have been exposed to lawsuits. Legalization of drugs would work to increase liability on producers forcing health standards.

Legalization would allow greater regulation. Cigarettes come with warnings. Alcoholic beverages are clearly marked with the amount of alcohol. Currently legal drugs contain a listing of all active and inactive ingredients. Illegal drugs could be sold legally with ingredients lists, warnings and purity levels clearly marked.

Recreational drug has no clear and obvious harmful effect on anyone besides the user (who chooses to accept those risks). The War on Drugs, on the other hand, places non-users' friends and loved ones in jail. The War on Drugs does have clear and obvious harmful effects on third parties.

Countries who have experimented with legalization have had positive results.

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20. Legalize Marijuana in all 50 states

The Truth About Marijuana:

The debate over the legalization of Cannabis Sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, has been one of the most heated controversies ever to occur in the Inited States. Its use as a medicine has existed for thousands of years in many countries world wide and “can be documented as far back as 2700 BC in ancient Chinese writings.” When someone says bhanga, ganja, kinnub, cannabis, bung, chu ts-ao, asa, dope, grass, rasta, or weed, they are talking about the same subject: marijuana.

Marijuana should be legalized because the government could earn money from taxes on its sale, its value to the medical world outweighs its abuse potential, and because of its importance to the paper and clothing industries. This action should be taken despite efforts made by groups which say marijuana is a harmful drug which will increase crime rates and lead users to other more dangerous substances.

The actual story behind the legislature passed against marijuana is quite surprising. According to Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes and an expert on the “hemp conspiracy,” the acts bringing about the demise of hemp were part of a large conspiracy involving DuPont, Harry J. Anslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and many other influential industrial leaders such as William Randolph Hearst and Andrew Mellon. Herer notes that the Marijuana Tax Act, which passed in 1937, coincidentally occurred just as the decoricator machine was invented. With this invention, hemp would have been able to take over competing industries almost instantaneously.

According to Popular Mechanics, “10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average [forest] pulp land.” William Hearst owned enormous timber acreage, land best suited for conventional pulp, so his interest in preventing the growth of hemp can be easily explained. Competition from hemp would have easily driven the Hearst paper-manufacturing company out of business and significantly lowered the value of his land. Herer even suggests popularizing the term “marijuana” was a strategy Hearst used in order to create fear in the American public. “The first step in creating hysteria was to introduce the element of fear of the unknown by using a word that no one had ever heard of before... ‘marijuana’” (ibid).

DuPont’s involvment in the anti-hemp campaign can also be explained with great ease. At this time, DuPont was patenting a new sulfuric acid process for producing wood-pulp paper. “According to the company’s own records, wood-pulp products ultimately accounted for more than 80% of all DuPont’s railroad car loadings for the next 50 years” (ibid). Indeed it should be noted that “two years before the prohibitive hemp tax in 1937, DuPont developed a new synthetic fiber, nylon, which was an ideal substitute for hemp rope” (Hartsell).

The year after the tax was passed DuPont came out with rayon, which would have been unable to compete with the strength of hemp fiber or its economical process of manufacturing. “DuPont’s point man was none other than Harry Anslinger...who was appointed to the FBN by Treasury Secretary Andrew MEllon, who was also chairman of the Mellon Bank, DuPont’s chief financial backer. Anslinger’s relationship to Mellon wasn’t just political, he was also married to Mellon’s niece” (Hartsell). It doesn’t take much to draw a connection between DuPont, Anslinger, and Mellon, and it’s obvious that all of these groups, including Hearst, had strong motivation to prevent the growth of the hemp industry.

The reasoning behind DuPont, Anslinger, and Hearst was not for any moral or health related issues. They fought to prevent the growth of this new industry so they wouldn’t go bankrupt. In fact, the American Medical Association tried to argue for the medical benefits of hemp. Marijuana is actually less dangerous than alcohol, cigarettes, and even most over-the-counter medicines or prescriptions. According to Francis J. Young, the DEA’s administrative judge, “nearly all medicines have toxicm, potentially letal affects, but marijuana is not such a substance... Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care” (DEA Docket No. 86-22, 57). It is illogical then, for marijuana to be illegal in the United States when “alcohol poisoning is a significant cause of death in this country” and “approximately 400,000 premature deaths are attributed to cigarettes annually.” Dr. Roger Pertwee, SEcretary of the International Cannabis Research Society states that as a recreational drug, “Marijuana compares favourably to nicotine, alcohol, and even caffeine.” Under extreme amounts of alcohol a person will experience an “inability to stand or walk without help, stupor and near unconsciousness, lack of comprehension of what is seen or heard, shock, and breathing and heartbeat may stop.” Even though these effects occur only under insane amounts of alcohol consumption, (.2-.5 BAL) the fact is smoking extreme amounts of marijuana will do nothing more than put you to sleep, whereas drinking excessive amounts of alcohol will kill you.

The most profound activist for marijuana’s use as a medicine is Dr. Lester Grinspoon, author of Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine. According to Grinspoon, “The only well-confirmed negative effect of marijuana is caused by the smoke, which contains three times more tars and five times more carbon monoxide than tobacco. But even the heaviest marijuana smokers rarely use as much as an average tobacco smoker. And, of course, many prefer to eat it.” His book includes personal accounts of how prescribed marijuana alleviated epilepsy, weight loss of aids, nausea of chemotherapy, menstrual pains, and the severe effects of multiple sclerosis. The illness with the most documentation and harmony among doctors which marijuana has successfully treated is MS. Grinspoon believes for MS sufferers, “Cannabis is the drug of necessity.” One patient of his, 51 year old Elizabeth MacRory, says “It has completely changed my life...It has helped with muscle spasms, allowed me to sleep properly, and helped control my bladder.” Marijuana also proved to be effective in the treatment of glaucoma because its use lwoers pressure on the eye.

“In a recent survey at a leading teaching hospital, ‘over 60 per cent of medical students were found to be marijuana users.’ In the same survey, only 30 per cent admitted to smoking cigarettes” (Guardian).

Brian Hilliard, editor of Police Review, says “Legalizing cannabis wouldn’t do any harm to anybody. We should be concentrating on the serious business of heroin and amphetamines.” “In the UK in 1991, 42,209 people were convicted of marijuana charges, clogging courts and overcrowding prisons...and almost 90 per cent of drug offences involve cannabis... The British government spends 500 million pounds a year on “overall responses to drugs” but receives no tax revenue from the estimated 1.8 billion pound illicit drug market” (Guardian). Figures like this can be seen in the United States as well. The U.S. spends billions of dollars annually in its “war on drugs.”

If the government were to legalize marijuana, it could reasonably place high taxes on it because people are used to buying marijuana at inflated prices created by risks of selling illegally. It could be sold at a convenient store just like a pack of cigarettes for less than someone would pay now, but still yield a high profit because of easy growing requirements.

An entire industry could be created out of hemp based products. The oils extracted from seeds could be used for fuels and the hemp fiber, a fiber so valued for its strength that it is used to judge the quality of other fibers, could be manufactured into ropes, clothing, or paper. Most importantly, the money the government would make from taxes and the money which would be saved by not trying to prevent its use could be used for more important things, such as serious drugs or the national debt. The recreational use of marijuana would not stimulate crime like some would argue.

The crime rate in Amsterdam is lower than many major U.S. cities. Mario Lap, a key drug policy advisor in the Netherlands national government says “We’ve had a realistic drug policy for 30 years in the Netherlands, and we know what works. We distinguish between soft and hard drugs, between traffickers and users. We try not to make people into criminals” (Houston Chronicle). In 1989 the LAncet report states “The Dutch have shown that there is nothing inevitable about the drugs ladder in which soft drugs lead to heard drugs. The ladder does not exist in Holland because the dealers have been separated.”

We can expect strong opposition from companies like DuPont and paper manufacturers but the selfishness of these corporations should not prevent its use in our society like it did in the 1930’s. Regardless of what these organizations will say about marijuana, the fact is it has the potential to become one of the most useful substances in the entire world. If we took action and our government legalized it today, we would immediately see benefits from this decision. People suffering from illnesses ranging from manic depression to multiple sclerosis would be able to experience relief, the government could make a fortune off of the taxes it could impose on its sale, and its implementation into the industrial world would create thousands of new jobs for the economy.

Also, because of its role in paper making, the rain forests of South America could be saved from their current fate. No recorded deaths have ever occurred as a result of marijuana use, it is not physically addictive like alcohol or tobacco, and most doctors will agree it is safer to use.

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21. Legalize Marijuana in all 50 states of America

The Truth About Marijuana:

The debate over the legalization of Cannabis Sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, has been one of the most heated controversies ever to occur in the Inited States. Its use as a medicine has existed for thousands of years in many countries world wide and “can be documented as far back as 2700 BC in ancient Chinese writings.” When someone says bhanga, ganja, kinnub, cannabis, bung, chu ts-ao, asa, dope, grass, rasta, or weed, they are talking about the same subject: marijuana.

Marijuana should be legalized because the government could earn money from taxes on its sale, its value to the medical world outweighs its abuse potential, and because of its importance to the paper and clothing industries. This action should be taken despite efforts made by groups which say marijuana is a harmful drug which will increase crime rates and lead users to other more dangerous substances.

The actual story behind the legislature passed against marijuana is quite surprising. According to Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes and an expert on the “hemp conspiracy,” the acts bringing about the demise of hemp were part of a large conspiracy
involving DuPont, Harry J. Anslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau
of Narcotics, and many other influential industrial leaders such as William Randolph Hearst and Andrew Mellon. Herer notes that the Marijuana Tax Act, which passed in 1937, coincidentally occurred just as the decoricator machine was invented. With this invention, hemp would have been able to take over competing industries almost instantaneously.

According to Popular Mechanics, “10,000 acres devoted to hemp will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average [forest] pulp land.” William Hearst owned enormous timber acreage, land best suited for conventional pulp, so his interest in preventing the growth of hemp can be easily explained. Competition from hemp would have easily driven the Hearst paper-manufacturing company out of business and significantly lowered the value of his land. Herer even suggests popularizing the term “marijuana” was a strategy Hearst used in order to create fear in the American public. “The first step in creating hysteria was to introduce the element of fear of the unknown by using a word that no one had ever heard of before... ‘marijuana’” (ibid).
DuPont’s involvment in the anti-hemp campaign can also be explained with great ease. At this time, DuPont was patenting a new sulfuric acid process for producing wood-pulp paper. “According to the company’s own records, wood-pulp products ultimately accounted for more than 80% of all DuPont’s railroad car loadings for the next 50 years”
(ibid). Indeed it should be noted that “two years before the prohibitive hemp tax in 1937, DuPont developed a new synthetic fiber, nylon, which was an ideal substitute for hemp rope” (Hartsell).

The year after the tax was passed DuPont came out with rayon, which would have been unable to compete with the strength of hemp fiber or its economical process of manufacturing. “DuPont’s point man was none other than Harry Anslinger...who was appointed to the FBN by Treasury Secretary Andrew MEllon, who was also chairman of the Mellon Bank, DuPont’s chief financial backer. Anslinger’s relationship to Mellon wasn’t just political, he was also married to Mellon’s niece” (Hartsell). It doesn’t take much to draw a connection between DuPont, Anslinger, and Mellon, and it’s obvious that all of these groups, including Hearst, had strong motivation to prevent the growth of the hemp industry.

The reasoning behind DuPont, Anslinger, and Hearst was not for any moral or health related issues. They fought to prevent the growth of this new industry so they wouldn’t go bankrupt. In fact, the American Medical Association tried to argue for the medical benefits of hemp. Marijuana is actually less dangerous than alcohol, cigarettes, and even most over-the-counter medicines or prescriptions. According to Francis J. Young, the DEA’s administrative judge, “nearly all medicines have toxicm, potentially letal affects, but marijuana is not such a substance...Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care” (DEA Docket No. 86-22, 57). It is illogical then, for marijuana to be illegal in the United States when “alcohol poisoning is a significant cause of death in this country” and “approximately 400,000 premature deaths are attributed to cigarettes annually.” Dr. Roger Pertwee, SEcretary of the International Cannabis Research Society states that as a recreational drug, “Marijuana compares favourably to nicotine, alcohol, and even caffeine.” Under extreme amounts of alcohol a person will experience an “inability to stand or walk without help, stupor and near unconsciousness, lack of comprehension of what is seen or heard, shock, and breathing and heartbeat may stop.” Even though these effects occur only under insane amounts of alcohol consumption, (.2-.5 BAL) the fact is smoking extreme amounts of marijuana will do nothing more than put you to sleep, whereas drinking excessive amounts of alcohol will kill you.

The most profound activist for marijuana’s use as a medicine is Dr. Lester Grinspoon, author of Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine. According to Grinspoon, “The only well-confirmed negative effect of marijuana is caused by the smoke, which contains three times more tars and five times more carbon monoxide than tobacco. But even the heaviest marijuana smokers rarely use as much as an average tobacco smoker. And, of course, many prefer to eat it.” His book includes personal accounts of how prescribed marijuana alleviated epilepsy, weight loss of aids, nausea of chemotherapy, menstrual pains, and the severe effects of multiple sclerosis. The illness with the most documentation and harmony among doctors which marijuana has successfully treated is MS. Grinspoon believes for MS sufferers, “Cannabis is the drug of necessity.” One patient of his, 51 year old Elizabeth MacRory, says “It has completely changed my life...It has helped with muscle spasms, allowed me to sleep properly, and helped control my bladder.” Marijuana also proved to be effective in the treatment of glaucoma because its use lwoers pressure on the eye.
“In a recent survey at a leading teaching hospital, ‘over 60 per cent of medical students were found to be marijuana users.’ In the same survey, only 30 per cent admitted to smoking cigarettes” (Guardian).
Brian Hilliard, editor of Police Review, says “Legalizing cannabis
wouldn’t do any harm to anybody. We should be concentrating on the
serious business of heroin and amphetamines.” “In the UK in 1991, 42,209 people were convicted of marijuana charges, clogging courts and
overcrowding prisons...and almost 90 per cent of drug offences invlove cannabis...The British government spends 500 million pounds a year on “overall responses to drugs” but receives no tax revenue from the estimated 1.8 billion pound illicit drug market” (Guardian). Figures like this can be seen in the United States as well. The U.S. spends billions of dollars annually in its “war on drugs.”

If the government were to legalize marijuana, it could reasonably place high taxes on it because people are used to buying marijuana at inflated prices created by risks of selling illegally. It could be sold at a convenient store just like a pack of cigarettes for less than someone would pay now, but still yield a high profit because of easy growing requirements.

An entire industry could be created out of hemp based products. The oils extracted from seeds could be used for fuels and the hemp fiber, a fiber so valued for its strength that it is used to judge the quality of other fibers, could be manufactured into ropes, clothing, or paper. Most importantly, the money the government would make from taxes and the money which would be saved by not trying to prevent its use could be used for more important things, such as serious drugs or the national debt.
The recreational use of marijuana would not stimulate crime like some would argue.

The crime rate in Amsterdam is lower than many major U.S. cities. Mario Lap, a key drug policy advisor in the Netherlands national government says “We’ve had a realistic drug policy for 30 years in the Netherlands, and we know what works. We distinguish between soft and hard drugs, between traffickers and users. We try not to make people into criminals” (Houston Chronicle). In 1989 the LAncet report states “The Dutch have shown that there is nothing inevitable about the drugs ladder in which soft drugs lead to heard drugs. The ladder does not exist in Holland because the dealers have been separated.”

We can expect strong opposition from companies like DuPont and
paper manufacturerss but the selfishness of these corporations should not
prevent its use in our society like it did in the 1930’s. Regardless of
what these organizations will say about marijuana, the fact is it has the
potential to become one of the most useful substances in the entire
world. If we took action and our government legalized it today, we would
immediately see benefits from this decision. People suffering from
illnesses ranging from manic depression to multiple sclerosis would be
able to experience relief, the government could make a fortune off of the taxes it could impose on its sale, and its implementation into the
industrial world would create thousands of new jobs for the economy.

Also, because of its role in paper making, the rain forests of South America could be saved from their current fate. No recorded deaths have ever occurred as a result of marijuana use, it is not physically addictive like alcohol or tobacco, and most doctors will agree it is safer to use.

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22. Legalize marijuana in Malaysia

July 25, 2006

It is time now for government to think again about their nation anti drug mission... too many artifical drugs and too many people die but marijuana is not artifical drug.

Don't think like marijuana is a gateway for other drugs... it is not like that. We must following other countries which now legalized this drug.

Please for your own people, revise your strategy.

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23. Decriminalize Marijuana in Canada

June 18, 2006

Decriminalize Marijuana in Canada.

This is an ongoing problem. Decriminalizing marijuana is a comprisable solution to satisfy all sides.

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24. Legalize Marijuana in the United States & Canada

May 26, 2006

I would like to legilize the use of marijuana in Canada and the USA.

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25. Make dope laws harsher in Australia

March 24, 2006

My father smokes way too much pot and it's making him lose his marbles. We need to make penalities for dope smoking, possession or growing harsher.

I've already watched my mother go down the drain, now I'm watching my dad. Let's stop other kids having to suffer this.

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26. Free the Weed

This petition is to help legalize weed in a free country, USA, so sign.

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27. LEGALIZAÇAO DA MACONHA

Janeiro 7, 2006

Ha muitos anos permanecemos nessa de aceitar tudo o que nos era dito, tudo que nos era ordenado, o que fazer e o que não fazer. Passamos por proibição de masturbação, alcool e agora temos a marijuana proibida.

Concordo que o tráfico deva ser abolido, e é por isso que lutamos pela legalização do plantio de marijuana em residencias, podendo respeitar um limite de 5 pes/pessoa. Não ha contradições quanto a isso a não ser a ignorancia do governo em querer abolir nosso proprio destino.

Temos o direito de escolher o que seremos, o que faremos, o que usamos, respeitando ao próximo. Agora, menos plausivel que o envolvimento de jovens estudantes com o tráfico é a violência e abuso de poder policial, a ficha suja que ele vai ter e a dificuldade que isso irá criar na sua vida profissional.

Se somos maconheiros vagabundos, é porque vocês nos dão esse único caminho. Queremos a legalização do plantio de marijuana e o respeito policial, queremos ser vistos como pessoas normais, sem preconceitos.

Queremos a paz mundial, mas ela não existira enquanto existam leis contra a nossa própria moral.

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28. Legalize marijuana in the USA

We, the people of a free country should be able to freely smoke, grow, distribute a natural, god given herb as we deem fit and necessary, without the hasssle of jail time and/or fines.

Afterall, who will you trust: God or Man?

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