There are studies linking marijuana to the annihilation of cancer cells, to those that show it has useful applications in the treatment of epilepsy, chronic pain conditions, and even in the treatment of ADHD and Alzheimer’s.

In fact, marijuana has been identified as a powerful pain reliever in more than 80 peer-reviewed studies.

Nothing else is able to help treatment-resistant epileptic children with Dravet syndrome and related disorders; dozens of families with children suffering from intractable epilepsy are reporting dramatic results with marijuana.

In another study, the researchers found that, after the year and a half was over, kids who had drank five or more alcoholic beverages twice a week had lost white brain matter. That means that they could have impaired memory, attention and decision-making into adulthood. The teens that smoked marijuana on a regular basis had no such reduction.

Tobacco use claims more than 440,000 deaths annually. Alcohol kills an additional 37,000 Americans every year. Prescription drugs killed more than 30,000 Americans in 2009. Marijuana has killed zero.

Critics argue that legalized pot would increase drug abuse, yet Portugal has dramatically lowered its incarceration and addiction rates through decriminalization.

Alcohol contributes to acts of violence; marijuana reduces aggression. In approximately 437,000 violent incidents in 2010 in Canada, many of the offenders had been drinking. This is particularly true in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault and date rape. Marijuana use, in and of itself, is absent from crime reports.