During the 1930s, the American media propagated numerous false stories as marijuana facts and depicted weed as an extremely dangerous drug, thus marijuana and hemp were effectively banned in 1938.
Hemp has an estimated 50,000 non-drug commercial uses including paper, textiles, fuels, food and sealants, but these uses are also banned by existing laws.
No one has ever died from marijuana use.
Marijuana does not lead to physical dependency.
Marijuana is less dangerous than tobacco and people smoke less of it at a time.
No independent government panel that has studied marijuana has ever recommended jail for users.
Marijuana leads to non-violence and pacifism.
Marijuana for medicinal use is also gaining renewed recognition.
Marijuana is a medicinal herb that has hundreds of proven, valuable therapeutic uses - from stress reduction to glaucoma to asthma to cancer therapy, etc.
Marijuana was a major active ingredient in 40-50% of patent medicines before its ban.
Marijuana could replace at least 10-20% of prescribed drugs now in use.
Since the mid 1990's, medical marijuana ballot initiatives have received a majority of votes in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State. The vast majority of Americans do support legal access to medical marijuana and there are numerous studies that have shown conclusively the benefits to patients of medical marijuana use.