I. (Attention Getter) The DEA's Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young concluded: "In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.”
II. (Credibility Statement) I chose this topic because this drug goes beyond the issues normally considered for medical uses of drugs eliminating the therapeutic potential of marijuana. My two best sources were two articles "In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling Petition” by the US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency and “Stop the Assault on Medical Marijuana” by the American Civil Liberties Union.
III. (Thesis Statement) I’m going to educate you on the health purposes of marijuana, and also compare marijuana to other legal drugs ultimately explaining why marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes that can benefit the health and recovery of our citizens.
(Transition to the First Main Point:) Let me begin by informing you on the diseases marijuana can help treat.
I. First Main Point: Marijuana can be a beneficial therapeutic drug for patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma.
A. AIDS 1. Appetite 2. Nausea and Vomitting 3. Ables them to take all scheduled doses
B. Cancer 1. Helps with the effects chemotherapy 2. Nausea 3. Appetite
C. Wasting Syndrome 1. Maintain weight 2. Hunger 3. Survival
D. Glaucoma 1. Relives pressure in eye 2. Prevents blindness
(Transition to the Second Point:) Next I’d like to explain to you how some legal drugs are much more harmful than marijuana.
I. Second Main Point: Marijuana is