Hello, my name is ___________, and I am going to talk to you today about why marijuana should be legalized in the United States. Marijuana legalization is a very heated topic that has great controversy and is rarely discussed or taken seriously among 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. They do this by exaggerating it’s negative side effects and instead of giving proven facts, they use words like ‘may’ or ‘should’ or ‘sometimes’. 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. Heath/Tulane 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...
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