Legalize Marijuana in Wyoming

Legalizing marijuana in the state of Wyoming would not only provide those who choose to use it with a healthier and more affordable method of healthcare, it would increase the states annual tax revenue, decrease its annual cost of regulation and reduce its crime rate.

Dear Senator Mike Enzi and Senator John Barrasso,

I am addressing this letter to you because I believe that it is time to legalize marijuana in the state of Wyoming. I would greatly appreciate it if you would take the time to read this letter before dismissing it.

There are many reasons why marijuana should no longer be an illegal substance. If alcohol is legal, than why can't marijuana also be legal? The legalization of marijuana in Wyoming would provide economic benefits, as well as medical benefits. It has been proven that there are approximately 200 medical conditions that respond favorably to Marijuana. Just to name a few, it helps patients suffering from Alzheimers Disease, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Glaucoma, Arthritis, Depression, Anxiety, Hepatitis C, morning sickness and it has shown to effectively inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The medications for all of these conditions listed often have many negative side effects and prescription drugs kill an estimated 100,000 people annually. There is no actual record of marijuana use being the direct cause of death whereas alcohol can be linked to an estimated 75,000 deaths per year in the United States alone via drunk driving incidents, alcohol poisoning, or longterm alcohol abuse. Tobacco claims the lives of 433,000 people every year and leaves 8.6 million with a serious illness as a result of smoking it.

Marijuana can be taxed like tobacco and alcohol, providing the state of Wyoming with a significant jump in annual tax revenue. In addition to increasing the state's annual tax revenue, Wyoming would stand to save hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of dollars that we are currently spending to regulate marijuana use. If Wyoming was to legalize marijuana, it would also stand to see a significant decrease in crime and violence. People would no longer have to face criminal charges for possession and use, therefore the number of inmates who were arrested on such charges would decrease, which in turn would decrease the resources needed to keep them in jail. Contrary to "popular belief", marijuana does not induce violent behavior. Unlike alcohol, which can and often does lead to violence, marijuana leaves the user in a state of "euphoria" or a "dream state" and often makes him/her sluggish. The only danger this plant has to offer when used in the privacy and safety of one's home is the danger of an empty refrigerator or pantry. It only becomes dangerous when someone makes it dangerous (an individual decides to get behind the wheel of a vehicle shortly after smoking). "Legalize, Regulate, Educate, and Medicate". As someone who suffers from frequent debilitating migraines, I would like to be able to use this amazing plant without worrying about being charged as a criminal when nothing else can alleviate my pain. I do not wish to overmedicate myself with pills that don't work, pills that can lead to irreversable damage to my liver. As of right now, all I can do "wait it out". What that means is, "sit hunched over the toilet until the nasea passes and then sit on the floor for two or three hours until the pain becomes bearable enough to stand. I want to be able to do something about that pain when it hits without worrying about any consiquences. And I want my fellow Wyomingites to have that same weight lifted from their shoulders even if they do not use it medicinally. Please consider this petition. Marijuana has so many benefits to offer. It's time for Wyoming to get out of the dark ages and embrace the advances of modern day America and it's time to stop treating marijuana users like criminals. Thank you.

Chelsey Troxel

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