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ACLU Launches Campaign To Get People Thinking About Marijuana Laws

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SEATTLE (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State is launching a new campaign to get people talking about changing marijuana laws, and it's enlisted travel writer Rick Steves in the effort.      

Steves filmed a 30-minute video for the ACLU, in which he says he has traveled all over Europe, and he's learned that it makes more sense to treat marijuana use as a public health issue than it does to arrest people for using it.      

The ACLU says it is trying to start a national conversation about whether American drug laws are working with regard to marijuana.

The organization says nearly 830,000 people are arrested on marijuana charges every year - 90 percent of them for possession - and that the U.S. spends far more money arresting, prosecuting and jailing people than it's worth.

A website with a lot of information on the new campaign:  www.MarijuanaConversation.org.

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