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Unformatted text preview: Why America Should Legalize & Regulate Cannabis The Untold Truth of Cannabis! "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth....to you it will be for meat.... And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:29-31, The Holy Bible (King James Translation) Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a mans appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes . Abraham Lincoln, December 1840 From a public health perspective, there is a solid case to be made that arresting marijuana users, giving them criminal records, and disrupting careers and families, does more harm to more people than the drug itself does . Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, December 2002 Although the topic of marijuana brings to light many different opinions and stereotypes, I challenge you to receptively heed my argument open mindedly, discarding your previously held dispositions to the topic. This paper outlines the many reasons why America should legalize and regulate cannabis in a similar fashion to alcohol and tobacco. While I am proposing that marijuana should be legalized and regulated in a similar fashion to alcohol and tobacco, understand that you dont necessarily have to agree with marijuanas recreational use in order to favor its legalization. This line of thinking was evidenced in 1933 when the 21 st Amendment was passed, repealing alcohol prohibition. During the 13-years of alcohol prohibition, organized crime (the Mob) and powerful gangs came to power, supplying the ever-present demand for alcohol, while acquiring millions of dollars in the process. With the rise of organized crime came a burgeoning black- market, rising homicide rates, and police corruption and racketeering. Many alcohol prohibitionists soon came to the realization that alcohols prohibition was more detrimental to society than the actual drug itself. This is the argument I will attempt to make in this paperthat cannabis illegalization is causing more harm to society than the plant is itself. Note : This paper was originally made for my presentation (in which I had to make an argument) in my English 301 class. After receiving positive feedback from several of my classmates I decided to make it an ongoing project. My solitary goal is to inform you the reader of some of the well-documented, but mostly unknown, history and scientific knowledge surrounding cannabis. In hopes of establishing credibility I have -1- Why America Should Legalize & Regulate Cannabis cited all of my sources in the last pages. I urge you to look up the information yourself, and most importantly..help spread the truth!...
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