I know this year is a very important year for you. It is just as important for millions of Americans across the nation. I write to ask you a question. In an election year that many feel is vital we would like to know why the issue of cannabis has not been properly discussed? I have read the releases from the administration but it fails to properly address our concerns. The issue has been ignored at many venues where it was the leading question.
After 40 years of this War on Drugs where have we gotten and was it worth it? In this economy many people are hurting and everyone is looking for ways to save money. The War on Drugs cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year and is responsible for many tragic stories.
Not only has it cost us money but it has cost us as a society as well. Millions of Americans have been shuffled through the judicial system destroying their lives many for simple possession. This problem has also exposed racial divides and furthered the tension in the country. People have lost faith in law enforcement in many cities. In Mexico over 50,000 have died in the last 6 years directly resulting from this war. The Cartels are getting richer and the demand is still there.
There is a sizable and growing group of supporters across the nation. 75% support medical use and the number for legalization for adults over 21 is rapidly growing. In this economy where many are downsizing the cannabis industry is booming. The states that have legalized cannabis have seen a sharp increase in revenue both in taxes and fees as well as residual income for local communities. When properly regulated and implemented we have seen excellent examples shine through.
Consumers no longer want to go to the street corner dealer but instead enjoy the safety and security of dispensaries. There patients can find natural, organic strain choices with professional help and options in consumption. They can feel confident that they are paying taxes and contributing towards the community instead of the black market.
With legalization comes regulation which assists in restricting access to minors. Today minors are restricted from buying and accessing alcohol on their own due to strict regulations. We have seen the devastating effects that alcohol prohibition caused. Since its repeal we have also seen the effects that it has had on this nation. From responsible use to fatalities from car accidents, consumption and domestic violence alcohol has been responsible. Today alcohol is advertised during major sporting events, radio, TV, movies billboards and more exposing children at a young age.
There is too much proof both in scientific studies and in testimonies to deny the many benefits of cannabis. With the knowledge we have gained so far patients of all kinds have found relief with cannabis. We have also seen miraculous cases such as Cash Hyde overcome childhood cancer. We have come much further than smoking on a Friday night but rather uncovered just the surface of what looks to be exciting and promising discoveries.
With all these factors in mind our community is wondering why our our President and candidates, who are vying for the highest power in the country for the next four years and who directly effect this issue, continue to ignore us? We want to know why an issue that directly effects millions and indirectly effects us all would not be considered?
We are looking for a leader who is willing to stand up to the opposition and show people that legalization can be done responsibly with regulations and state approval. We need a leader who will take us seriously and address our needs. We are looking for that leader this year and it is for that reason it needs to be addressed. Millions of voters are waiting it is time to address cannabis.