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WHY LEGALIZE MARIJUANA?
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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 ---------------------------------------- Source: United States government. .. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bureau of Mortality Statistics
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http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuan a/factsmyths/ Myth: Smoking marijuana can cause cancer and serious lung damage. Fact: A 1997 UCLA study (see page 9) concluded that even prolonged and heavy marijuana smoking causes no serious lung damage. Unlike the smoking of cigarettes.
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http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuan
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Unformatted text preview: a/factsmyths/ Myth: Marijuana is a gateway drug--it leads to harder drugs. Fact: The U.S. government's own statistics show that over 75 percent of all Americans who use marijuana never use harder drugs. http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/05cius/data/t able_29.html Drug abuse violation arrests 1,846,351 in 2005 Total arrests 14,094,186 in 2005. Cost Per inmate is $22,300 per year. Alexander, Lamar- (R - TN)Class II 455 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4944 Web Form: alexander.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=C Corker, Bob- (R - TN)Class I 185 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3344 Web Form: corker.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm...
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This note was uploaded on 05/27/2008 for the course COMMUNICAT 240 taught by Professor Anitamaddox during the Spring '08 term at University of Tennessee.

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