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marijuana-related charges, a sixty percent increase since Clinton took office (Gieringer). David Baggins sums up the viewpoint of those in favor of some degree of decriminalization when he writes on page 70 of Drug Hate and the Corruption of American Justice , “Ninety-five percent of the nations illegal drug users smoke marijuana exclusively. The term ‘gateway drug’ sometimes used to describe it is false; only a small percentage of its users ever move on to hard drugs. Over the last decades numerous objective studies were commissioned on the health implications of smoking marijuana. All have concluded that criminalization of the user is a far greater health hazard than any inherent property of the drug itself. The Kaiser Foundation, after reviewing all studies of marijuana,

concluded that there is no evidence of the use of marijuana as cause of any life-threatening health condition.” The debate over the partial decriminalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes will rage on, and will likely be resolved on a state-by-state basis. The argument over the complete decriminalization of marijuana will certainly continue longer than that. However, the fact remains that a drug recognized as physically safer and more beneficial than nicotine and alcohol has caused millions of imprisonments, billions of federal dollars, and several lives. However, we are only left to wonder if the prohibition of marijuana today will one day seem as trivial is our prohibition of alcohol was during the early 20th century. Baggins, David Sadofsky. Drug Hate and the Corruption

of American Justice. Westport, CT : Praeger, 1998. Fish, Jefferson M. How to Legalize Drugs. Northvale, NJ : Jason Aronson, Inc., 1998. Gettman, Jon. “Physiological Effects of Cannabis Consumption”. The Medical Feasibility of Marijuana. 8 Dec. 2000. Whitman College. . Gieringer, Dale. “NORML Report on Marijuana Prohibition”. National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Homepage. 8 Dec. 2000. NORML. . Inciardi, James A. The Drug Legalization Debate. Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage Publications, 1999. Rubin, Vera. Cannabis and Culture. The Hague : Mouton Publishers, 1975.