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Marijuana vs Tobacco in America

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While there are no benefits in smoking tobacco cigarettes, the tobacco manufacturers have continued to market their paper wrapped toxins for decades.  Cigarette smoking is now banned in all 50 states to one degree or another.  Oklahoma does not ban the smoking per se but they do have requirements for ventilation if smoking is to be allowed.

On the other hand, smoking marijuana was outlawed for the longest time and in the recent years, several states have come to realize there are in fact medical benefits with the herb.  To date, there are 14 states who allow the use of marijuana; Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Michigan, New Jersey, Maine, Vermont and Rhode Island.   In a Senate Bill signed into law on January 18, 2010, New Jersey was the 14th State to allow marijuana for medical purposes.  Two of the remaining states are somewhat confusing.  Arizona allows physicians to prescribe marijuana but not to smoke and Maryland has allowed the defense of medical marijuana usage.

If states allowed marijuana for recreational purposes then regulated and taxed marijuana as they do liquor or tobacco, perhaps their deficit would be much lower.




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