Commissioned by President Nixon in 1972, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse concluded that "Marijuana's relative

potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it. This judgment is based on prevalent use patterns, on behavior exhibited by the vast majority of users and on our interpretations of existing medical and scientific data. This position also is consistent with the estimate by law enforcement personnel that the elimination of use is unattainable." Since 1969, government-appointed commissions in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and the Netherlands concluded, after reviewing the scientific evidence, that marijuana's dangers had previously been greatly exaggerated, and urged lawmakers to drastically reduce or eliminate penalties for marijuana possession. The present law on cannabis produces more harm than and burdens the criminal justice system and puts in numbers of otherwise law-abiding people and puts in young people in the streets of our inner cities and community relations. it prevents. It is expensive conflict the police and large detriment the futures of many is inimical to police-

The U.S. Penal Code states that any person can be imprisoned for up to one year for possession of one marijuana cigarette and imprisoned for up to five years for growing a single marijuana plant. There is a lengthy legal precedent going back to 1789 whereby a defendant can claim self-defense if that act is deemed a defense against tyranny, a defense of liberty. Liberty, in case you've forgotten, is a soul's right to breathe. When it cannot take a long breath, laws are girded too tight. Without liberty, man is a syncope. Our Bill of Rights liberty states by the fourth and eighth amendments, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

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