Persuasive Speech – COM 1010
By: Jordan Eliuk
Topic: Medical Marijuana
Introduction: “Cannabis isn’t for everybody, but patients are entitled to pick and choose their own medicine.” Michelle Rainey (VanMusic, 2010, Pg. 1)
Thesis: The prescription drug companies dispense medicines that are harmful and that is what I am here to change your minds about today. This will explore what Medical Marijuana can be used for, the lies you’ve been told about Marijuana and how corrupt the Pharmaceutical drug companies are. Body: I. Why is Marijuana medicine?
1) What THC does in our bodies (Wikipedia Cannabinoid Receptor, n.d., Pg.1) * Cannabinoid receptors are activated by 3 major groups of: Ligands, Endocannabinoids (found in the mammalian body) and Plant Cannabinoids (found in THC in plants).
2) What can Marijuana treat? (Wikipedia Medical Cannabis, n.d., Pg. 3) * Crones Disease, Glaucoma, Anorexia Nervosa, Huntington’s Disease, Arthritis, Epilepsy, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Distoria, A.I.D.S., H.I.V., Menstrual Cramps, Digestive Diseases, Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Appetite Stimulant, Anxiety, P.M.S., Pruritus, Leukemia, Methicillin- Resistant Disease, Tourette Syndrome, Multiple Syntosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Bi- Polar Disorder, Tics, Insomnia, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Hepatitis C, Painkiller, Parkinson’s Disease, Depression, Asthma, Nausea.
3) How do you consume it?
II. The lies around Marijuana use.
4) The Gateway Theory (Harvey B. -The Union, 2007, Documentary) * Harry Anslinger’s “Stepping Stone Theory”
* “If you step on this stone Marijuana, then you are bound and determined to go onto the next stone, which would be one of the so called hard drugs.” * For every 104 Marijuana users, 1 uses Cocaine and less than 1 use Heroin.
5) Marijuana Kills Brain Cells (Harvey B. -The Union, 2007, Documentary) * The...
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