Infographic: Why Marijuana Should Be Legalized in the U.S.

This handy graphic covers just a few of the reasons we need to free the weed.

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The good folks at Test Clear ("your drug testing advisors") have created a nifty infographic to make an argument for marijuana legalization. 

There's only one quibble: Test Clear predicts that 10 states will legalize marijuana this year. Given that the only way states have legalized marijuana so far is through the initiative process, and there are none on the ballot this year, and given that even in states that have been touted as likely to do it through the legislative process are seeing efforts run into strong headwinds, that prediction is wildly optimistic. We'll probably be lucky to see one or two. 

Still, the legalization bandwagon is rolling, and this infographic provides some handy and easily digestible ammunition. Enjoy!

Phillip Smith has been a drug policy journalist for the past two decades. Smith is currently a senior writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute