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Our next guest is -- -- in that the war on -- his group.
Ran campaigns for medical marijuana laws -- eight states but he says that that's only the beginning.
Our special series high noon continues as we bring in Stephen got -- director of the drug policy alliance.
For the state of California and I presume.
The medical marijuana laws were the first step to what you eventually want.
Is complete legalization.
That's right straight to be with you this afternoon.
More and more Americans of course are recognizing like that like alcohol prohibition sent -- five years ago.
Marijuana prohibition has been a colossal failure all around.
In that it fuels.
A massive increasingly violent underground economy.
That guarantees profits have brutal criminal syndicates on both sides of the border while robbing taxpayers.
Billions of dollars of potential.
Revenue we sting an estimated eight million dollars of scarce law enforcement resources.
While making criminals of tens of millions of otherwise law abiding Americans.
Of whom were arrested for marijuana offenses last year alone.
Well that's the change now what that meant but let's talk about what happened yesterday with the Obama administration you must -- -- on the stemming Hannity.
That the administration is now come out -- Eric Holder our attorney general saying that they will not go laughter.
Criminally the federal on the federal side medical marijuana users and suppliers you must view yesterday as a victory for your -- Yesterday yesterday was it was that was a big day -- represents.
A a profound the escalation.
Of the federal government's war on medical marijuana patients and their caregivers it also represents the federal government.
Saying that they're going to follow the lead of states when it comes to.
Marijuana policy and we believe that medical marijuana has led the way toward the discussion.
In the country the failures of marijuana prohibition generally the polling indicates that there is enormous support for medical marijuana seven -- Americans understand.
That people shouldn't be allowed access to medical marijuana to relieve their suffering and that of course is driving everyone's understanding.
-- a relative harms of marijuana compared to.
Alcohol and tobacco which you marijuana is far less as far less harmful in the calling is now indicating a Gallup poll that came out yesterday.
Showed that a record 44% of Americans around the country think that we should be taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol.
What is the goal then I mean I know you want to legalize marijuana but how do you make that argument that the people of California because of the director of -- also.
Your group is national we should say how do you make that argument the American people.
Who say it is illegal substance you're gonna get drug dealers that are going to be abusing the system you're gonna have a lot of crime.
And and a lot of illegal activity based on this what do you say to submit to the folks out -- that but don't like the site in world.
Sure will frankly -- -- is being made by itself whether we like it or not.
Marijuana is now a mainstream recreational drug second only.
To alcohol and cigarettes but -- she actively far less harmful than both of those.
Resent government statistics show that.
Well over 26 million Americans used marijuana.
Last year alone over a hundred million in their lifetimes.
Marijuana is is -- mainstream.
Is a mainstream drug that really.
Needs to be taxed and regulated.
And educated about as we do as we do other mainstream drugs and Americans are now absolutely recognizing that they see that.
That marijuana prohibition only fuels.
This some brutal.
This brutal war that's taking place on on both sides of the border particularly.
In Mexico where thousands and thousands of people are dying unnecessarily.
Largely over not marijuana itself but the money.
That the underground economy guarantees for.
These criminal syndicates.
Stephen got -- like a fascinating topic and we're glad that you could join his first serious California State director for the drug policy alliance thank you Stephen.
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