argument marijuana 1 - Cannabis: Right or Wrong? Should...

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Cannabis: Right or Wrong? Should marijuana be legal? Well, this question has been lingering since the government made it illegal in the 1930s. The history of marijuana goes back to prehistoric times. Back then hemp was used as fabric to make clothes. One mans campaign in the 1930s was the cause of marijuana becoming illegal. His name is Henry J. Anslinger, he was named the director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. His reasoning was based strictly upon racism and violence. He believed that the drug was only used be people of different races and it corrupted whites “ There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others“(Anslinger). People back then followed this, because racism was everywhere. Today we are not going to be brainwashed on this issue. The facts are that marijuana is less harmful than the drugs the government already puts into the market. Cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription drugs kill people everyday. Right now, marijuana is being used to help people who suffer from diseases. People who have epilepsy, glaucoma, AIDs, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, or cancer can be prescribed marijuana to help ease the severe pain caused by the diseases. Still, the Federal Government prosecutes those who use it only to benefit themselves. These people are not dealers they just use it to ease pain and get around high prices for prescriptions. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine did an intensive study of the effects of marijuana on patients and concluded: "Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety . . . all can be mitigated by marijuana."
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Marijuana is abundant throughout this country. Anywhere you go small town, big city, mountain, or valley marijuana can be found. I know this from experience that
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Beaopengart during the Winter '07 term at University of Cincinnati.

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