Marijuana Tax & Regulate Talking Points
(as of February 10, 2015)
From 2014 ACLU’s report, The Maryland War on Marijuana in Black & White (see link for text)
- Between 2001 and 2010, arrests for marijuana possession increased dramatically in Maryland-by 34%.
- In 2010, MD spent an estimated $106 million enforcing marijuana possession laws. (3rd in the USA per capita)
- Marijuana possession arrests now make up 90% of all marijuana-related arrests and about half of all drug arrests of any kind in Maryland.
- 53% of Marylander’s support legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana
- 68% support removing criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana
- In 2010, Blacks made up only about 30% of Maryland’s population — but 58% of all marijuana possession arrests.
- In 2010, Baltimore spent approximately $32 million on marijuana enforcement, compared to only about $10.6 million on recreation centers.
From the Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland web-site (http://www.marijuanapolicyinmd.org)
- Marijuana prohibition has failed. Today, over 106 million Americans admit to having tried marijuana, and over 17.4 million say they have used it in the past month. [Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2010]
- Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol. It is less toxic, less addictive, and less harmful to the body, and it does not contribute to violent and reckless behavior. Adults should not be punished for choosing to use the safer substance. [Source: See http://www.MarijuanaIsSafer.org]
From the Marijuana Policy Project web-site (www.mpp.org)
- National polls, including by Pew Research Center, Gallup, CNN, and NBC, show that most Americans now support ending marijuana prohibition. For the first time in over 40 years of polling, Pew found that a majority of Americans (52%) believed that the “use of marijuana should be made legal” in March 2013. Support continued to rise in 2014, to 54%.
- A February 2013 MPP pole taken found that 53% of Marylander’s support making “marijuana legal for adults 21 and over, and regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol”
CNN found 88% support for allowing medical marijuana
CNN found 84% support for not sending people to jail for small amounts of marijuana
Gallup found 58% support for legalizing marijuana altogether