Here's Why The Governor of Puerto Rico Is Pushing For Cannabis Legalization

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The governor of Puerto Rico made his last public address on Monday, February 29, 2016. In the hourlong speech Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla addressed a variety of topics, including the territory’s massive $70 billion debt crisis. Interestingly, he also devoted a fair amount of time to pressing the case for legalization of cannabis in the territory.

Just say no to Prohibition

Among the many reasons cited for the end of alcohol prohibition in the U.S. in the early 1900s were the enormous loss of tax revenues and “prohibitive” cost of enforcing such unpopular laws. Public support for Prohibition dwindled as the Great Depression settled in.

Legalizing medical cannabis appeals to the majority of voters who understand one or more important aspects of it: the duty of doctors to prescribe whatever their medical knowledge and ethics lead them to believe will benefit patients; the higher costs, in financial and human terms, of punishing people for...

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