May 7, 2013 1516 Words 7 Pages
Majoint,, spliff , blunt, dub, L, ganja, grass, pot, bud, and mary jane. Now, why are these words thought to be bad. Why are we taught from such a young age that marijuana is bad. Why are we able to go into any store and buy tobacco, which kills 400,000 people annually; alcohol, which kills 100,000 people annually; and caffeine, which kills 2,000 people annually. According to the New England Journal of medicine, you would have to smoke 1500 pounds of marijuana in under 15 minutes to OD. Marijuana was prohibited in 1937, but marijuana prohibition isn’t working. Today between 95 and 100 million Americans admit to having tried it and nearly 15 million have used it within the past month. Some people believe that marijuana is bad and does damage to the body but alcohol and cigarettes are more dangerous. Alcohol has a high level of sulphate and can cause alcohol poisoning. Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals including 43 known cancer compounds and 400 other toxins. Marijuana is not 100% free of chemicals but it more natural because it is from the earth and contains only 100 chemicals. ill be discussing marijuana legislation ﬁrst wat is marijuana and hw does it affect humans second when and why did marijuana become illegal and why states are legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. using these points i intend to inform you about marijuana and the movement to legalize it. according to the national institute on drug abuse, a survey shows that over 98 million americans over the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least one time in their life. what is marijuana and how does it affect humans according to webMD, marijuana , is a naturall plant that contains several ingredients, including delta 9 THC. when THC reaches the brain it creates relaxation and a feeling of euphoria.it basically heightens your seances and relieves pain. now that we know what marijuana is lets look at why it became illegal. Acoording to a article published in fortune magazine marijuana has been utilized by by human civilization for thousands of years. it has been a part of western medicine since the 19th century. starting in the early 1900s states began outlawing it because it became associated with violence and psychosis. in 1937 through the marijuana tax act the federal government outlawed marijuana in objections by the american medical association. the United States ﬁrst criminalized marijuana as a way to arrest Mexican immigrants, who werethe only ones using it in the early 20th century. It was said that marijuana created a reefer madness that could turn people into violent, sex-crazed and irresponsible maniacs. Marijuana legalization is a very heated topic that has great controversy and is rarely discussed or taken seriously by US politicians because politicians are too preoccupied in preserving their seats in congress, and taking on marijuana legalization would be political suicide.
Politicians and the media want the public, to believe that marijuana is a ”gateway drug” that leads to more dangerous drugs. Although, marijuana is non-lethal and is safer than alcohol. It is an established
scientiﬁc fact that marijuana is not toxic to humans; overdose is nearly impossible, and it is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. In fact, it is more likely to become addicted to coffee than it is to this drug. Politics and media are very successful in convincing us that marijuana is not a safe drug. Some of the things that we know about marijuana are not even true to begin with like the ‘fact’ that it causes brain damage and kills brain cells. This came from an experiment that was conducted in 1974 called the “Dr. HeathTulane Study.” Researchers used monkeys as subjects, and determined brain damage by counting the amount of dead brain cells after being pumped with thirty joints a day for ninety days. They then compared the results to the monkeys that were receiving no treatment. The study became the foundation of the government and other special interest groups. They claimed that marijuana kills brain cells. Here’s what they didn’t tell you instead of administering thirty joints a day, Dr. Heath used a method of pumping sixty three Columbian strength joints through a gas mask within ﬁve minutes over three months.So what they did was suffocate the monkeys, and this is what caused the brain cells to die out slowly. . Whether or not to legalize marijuana has been a nation wide debate for years. The biggest concern on everyone’s mind is that of health risks. Most people feel that it is in the best interest of the nation for marijuana to remain illegal. Marijuana Legalization Organization states that that is not entirely true. In their opinion, as with anything taken in excess, marijuana is only harmful to those who choose to use it. The example used in MLO is that of an excess amount of unhealthy food. “[N]umerous studies have shown that foods with a lot of cholesterol and fat are unhealthy. Should we outlaw bacon”(MLO) The thought is that instead we need to educate individuals and let people make their own decisions as we do with things like fatty foods, cigarettes and Alcohol. “A recent survey of research found that long term marijuana use did not have a signiﬁcant effect on cognitive abilities. After all numerous famous intellectuals support marijuana. Al Gore is considered by many to be the leading ﬁgure in climate change awareness and environmental preservation. But few people know that Al Gore also supports the legalization of marijuana. The founding father of our nation George Washington, said, “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!” Marijuana is one of the safest medicinal substances on the planet and is supported by many celebrity .
Marijuana has many positive uses. It is used for cancer patients and has a positive affect for AIDS and glaucoma. AIDS can cause a loss of appetite known as “wasting syndrome” which leads to drastic weight loss and weakness. Chemotherapy is a treatment used for cancer patients that causes nausea which stops the ability to keep down food. Marijuana is healing for these two illnesses is a result to increase the person’s appetite allowing a patient to regain weight. Its helps glaucoma patients by reducing pressure that causes damage to the eye.
Marijuana is the biggest cash crop in many states and bringing it into the market would help the economy. A 2005 cost-beneﬁt analysis done by Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron found that legalizing marijuana and taxing it similar to alcohol would generate over $6 billion. You could say that marijuana has a bad reputation in the eyes of many people, but in reality it is a drug which has the ability of saving lives and curing diseases in which have plagued us for too long. People need to be informed on the good that marijuana can bring not just to this country, but to the whole world.
more and more states are are legalizing medical marijuana. according to USA today when new jersey passed medical marijuana legislation in 2010 it became the 14th state to legalize marijuana in some way. there are another 14 states that are currently considering legislation that will either legalize medical marijuana or decriminalize possession of smaller amounts. In order to ﬁnd a solution, we have to get to the root of the problem. The criminalization of cannabis is costing citizens and law enforcement, time and money.
Currently, marijuana arrests are at an all time high. According to Crime Report released by the FBI, on average, a person is arrested on marijuana charges every 42 seconds. American taxpayers are now spending more than a billion dollars annually to incarcerate its citizens for pot. I support a legal age limit law, a DWI law, and public intoxication laws, I’m for the legalization of pot with limitations. Despite what we’ve been told by government ofﬁcials, marijuana prohibition does not make this world safer and that’s why I’m speaking on this subject. I want to get the truth out instead of the world believing myths and lies that were told over 70 years ago in the attempt to scare people. Legalizing marijuana would separate the society of pot smokers from the market of harder drugs. In doing so this will also eliminate the so called gateway effect. The difference between marijuana and harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
My proposition is that we, as the citizens of the United States, demand that marijuana be de-criminalized and legalized. The ﬁnancial reasons, as well as health, counter-balance the means of criminalization. ﬁrst we looked at what marijuana is as well as its effects on the human brain as well as when and how marijuana was prohibited in the us and last we looked at the growing number of states that have legalized marijuana. with a large portion of americans having tried marijuana and more and more states considering legislation it seems that time has come for a serious debate of the legality of marijuana.