I. Introduction to Cannabis
II. The History of Marijuana
III. The Prohibition
IV. Economic Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana
V. The Medical Benefits of Marijuana
VI. Marijuana vs. Alcohol and Tobacco
VII. Marijuana Stimulates Creativity and Brain Cell Growth VIII. Conclusion
Should marijuana be legalized for recreational and medical purposes? Thesis: Since marijuana is not harshly dangerous to one’s health nor is it a hard narcotic, it should be legalized to promote a positive society.
I. Introduction to Cannabis
The legalization of marijuana would be a positive aspect in the American society. It has been scientifically proven that it isn’t truly a health risk, and is even less toxic than drugs such as caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and aspirin. There’s also evidence that marijuana eases the side effects of illnesses like cancer and aids. For thousands of years, humans have searched for ways to overcome the hard struggles of their lives, it’s often difficult to do it on their own, and sometimes the negative parts of our day keeps us from enjoying the positive parts. Marijuana relieves millions of people of the pain that accompanies these struggles on a daily basis. The THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in marijuana causes people to experience a euphoric feeling, called a “high.” The advantages of this herb without doubt outweigh the disadvantages. II. The History of Marijuana
All though its use has dated back to centuries, our federal government that we know today, insists on the punishment of its possession and maintaining the idea that it is vile and criminal, despite evidence that it would have a positive influence on our country. Marijuana is known as many things; weed, bud, pot, grass, etc. But it is actually a plant called hemp. It is scientifically known as “cannabis sativa” and is grown all over the globe. It has been used in ancient Chinese traditions, and first recorded ever of medicinal use in 2727 B.C. Although most states in our country had local laws prohibiting marijuana use and possession, it wasn’t until 1937 that the federal government passed the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. Interestingly, the congressional hearings on marijuana prohibition lasted all of two hours, compared to nowadays, where most congressional hearings on new laws last for days and days. There were three bodies of testimonies testifying at these hearings and the first was Commissioner Harry Anslinger, the newly named commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. III. The Prohibition
Commissioner Anslinger told the Congressmen at the hearings, "Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death." With no scientific backup, was the Commissioner’s strongly unperceptive government testimony sustaining the prohibition of marijuana. Other testimonies were just as similar. However, the Chief Counsel to the American Medical Association, Dr. William C. Woodward was at the hearing to testify at the request of the American Medical Association. His exact quote to the congressmen was, "The American Medical Association knows of no evidence that marijuana is a dangerous drug." to which one of the Congressmen said, "Doctor, if you can't say something good about what we are trying to do, why don't you go home?" Another Congressman then said, "Doctor, if you haven't got something better to say than that, we are sick of hearing you." Shouldn’t it be a shock that the bill was passed after something so unprofessional was said? Over the years, Bureau chose to focus on opiates and abandoned responsibility for most marijuana law enforcement in this country. After there was found to be an increase in narcotic drug abuse, everyone began to be concerned with the nation’s youth. Congress assumed that the use of marijuana unavoidably led to the use of these harder drugs, particularly heroin, which is a very toxic and addictive drug. It was at this time, for the first...