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Jeff Session’s weed crackdown would take us back a century

The most harmful effect of criminalizing marijuana may not be its restriction on medical uses, but its devastating cost to American society, which experienced a 500 percent increase in incarceration due to the war on drugs.

In a review of 60 studies on medical marijuana, over 63 percent found positive effects for debilitating diseases—such as multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder, Parkinson’s disease and pain—while less than 8 percent found negative health effects. The tragedy in this policy is that decriminalizing drugs has shown to lower drug use—not increase it … So we have to ask, what kind of people want to re-criminalize cannabis today? What are their motives? Who profits from continuing to incarcerate people for using marijuana? Whose power will be diminished when a drug that has so many health benefits is provided without a prescription?

Original Article (Vice Tonic):
Jeff Session’s weed crackdown would take us back a century
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