Statements about Marijuana
"Today’s marijuana is 300 percent to 800 percent more potent than the pot of yesteryear."
In the U.S., "African-Americans continue to be arrested at nearly three and one half times the rate of whites" on marijuana charges.
In annual surveys of Rhode Island communities that receive Drug Free community grants, many report that more than 50 percent of youth surveyed do not think daily marijuana use poses any serious risk of harm.
"Lots of studies seem to indicate that minors find it very easy to get marijuana, easier than to get alcohol."
"Eighty percent of those who have applied for licenses have no cancer, no Parkinson's disease or glaucoma. They have nothing you would associate [with] the use of medical marijuana."
"The average age of first marijuana use is 12."
Decriminalizing marijuana "will save the state anywhere from $4 (million) to $11 million dollars."
"The studies have shown us that [drug testing for welfare recipients] will be saving us money"
"Rhode Island continues to have the highest rates of substance abuse in the country."
"I'm well aware that medical marijuana is a recognized, medical, viable treatment for this sort of [pancreas] pain condition."
Transporting drugs "is the price of admission" for people crossing the border illegally.
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