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There is a remedy for every malady in the circus we call America- and you can have them all. For 40 years, our country has waged a world-wide War on Drugs, hemorrhaging over $1,000,000,000,000 (yes- that's trillion) in a grossly failed attempt to stop drug trafficking. All of this money, time, resources, and human life were squandered on battling the importation of natural substances such as cocaine and marijuana. How much of that money was spent of drug education and drug treatment? A very small fraction- we got Just Say No and D.A.R.E.
The truly frightening statistics with drug-related deaths and illnesses aren't found in the shady world of street trafficking, but right in front of our faces. We are exposed on a daily basis to a LEGAL drug industry which makes far more money than the ILLEGAL one with Big Business and their pharmaceuticals. While 10,000 people die from Illegal Drug Use per year in our country, a whopping 100,000 die from legal prescription drugs which were pushed by Doctors, Television Ads, Clinics and anyone else getting their pocket lined by Drug companies. These manufacturers hire lobbyists to corrupt Washington AND the FDA into not holding them accountable for these preventative deaths. Pharmaceuticals are the #1 cause of death in the United States annually and are statistically 10x more lethal than all street drugs combined.
An American is arrested every 30 seconds for violating Marijuana laws. $500 is spent by our government EVERY second to fight such illegal drugs. Marijuana has NEVER killed a single person throughout thousands of years of medicinal, holistic, and cognitive use. The Top 20 Big Pharma drug manufacturers average nearly $25 Billion in revenue EACH...and caused 1 MILLION deaths in the past decade.