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Marijuana Laws HLTH106: December 6, 2011
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Key Questions What has happened to the percentage of Americans who approve of legalizing marijuana in the past 30 years? Why? What are some potential components of legalization? Of decriminalization? Why might decriminalization considered “the worst of both worlds”? What are the benefits to a patient who uses medical marijuana? What are some conditions that medical marijuana can help? What are some of the challenges that occur? How is medical marijuana considered legal in MD? What are Drug Courts? What is their purpose?
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Attitudes towards Marijuana shifting
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Who supports legalizing marijuana?
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Why? Increasing scientific evidence that marijuana is not as toxic as previously thought Recession Billions spent in enforcing existing law Potential tax revenue Violence in Mexico related to illicit drugs
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Potential Components of Legalization Mandated labels with dosage and medical warnings Restrictions on advertising Age limitations Restrictions on amount purchased at one time Requirements on the form in which certain drugs would be supplied Ban on sale to intoxicated persons Special user licenses to purchase particular drugs
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Components of Decriminalization Reduced control and penalties compared to existing laws Fines or other punishment replace prison terms and would not receive a permanent criminal record Some say “the worst of both worlds” – WHY?
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