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A total of 3470545 Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses In 1997 state and local law enforcement arrested 695200 people for marijuana violations That number is the highest ever recorded by the FBI Of the 682885 arrests made in 1998 approximately 88 were for simple possession The remaining 12 were for sale and manufacture Every 52 seconds a marijuana smoker is arrested in America This is truly a waste of law enforcement and a waste of our tax money These people getting arrested are generally responsible adults capable of making their own decisions Marijuana was made illegal in 1937 but hemp was kept legal to use Hemp provides from four to fourteen tons of dry fibers per acre per year It can be made into paper cloth and cellulose for plastic If drug laws would allow hemp farming wed have an alternative resource for paper which would save our trees When you look at the one-dollar bill you are looking at a hemp farmer George Washington grew hemp The US Drug Enforcement Agency is ignorant to realize that there is a big difference between hemp and marijuana Hemp can not be used to get high and it never was used for that but it still was put in the same category as heroin Our tax dollars go to feed all the people that are held in prison on marijuana related charges Those people are now struggling to feed their children knowing that they wont get much help because they are criminals according to a good percentage of society Our society thinks marijuana isnt acceptable because it is illegal Marijuana was made illegal because congress put up a fight and went against narcotics It was found a narcotic when it was classified along with opiates It was deemed too dangerous to allow research and dismissed all attempts to argue over it We know that the legal drug addictions present now do not cause any crimes
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