Tuesday, January 15, 2013

757,969 Pot Arrests Per Year Is a Scandal, Says Dan Savage

By David Downs
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Author, editor, columnist, and gay rights activist juggernaut Dan Savage branched out from his core civil rights issue Sunday, with a video about how one person is arrested for pot possession every 42 seconds in America.

Internet TV channel TakePartTV is hosting Dan's weekly video project titled American Savage. On Sunday, Savage posted "42 Seconds: Pot Legalization and Marijuana Reform" wherein he recapped legalization in Washington and Colorado, and listed "reasons why everyone should be happy and everyone should get involved."

American Savage screen featuring Dan Savage
  • American Savage screen featuring Dan Savage

He mentioned the $40-$100 billion in estimated new US tax revenues that would come if pot were legal and points out that there have been "shitloads of studies proving that" cannabis is beneficial for some health conditions.

Legalization also ends the select persecution of minorities and young people for pot crimes, and raises tax revenue for real, violent crime.

Savage also delved into pot prohibition's "douchebag racist" roots, and makes a pitch for donating to NORML.

"We can't be afraid to talk about the implications of pot prohibition," Savage concluded. After all, five people will be arrested for weed while you watch the video below.

"This is a scandal, you can do something about it."

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