Persuasive Research Paper final draft

Persuasive Research Paper final draft - Marijuana is used...

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Marijuana is used as a method of relaxation and as a medication to treat major illnesses for many Americans. Marijuana is also one of the greatest controversial issues to arise in politics today. The issues of marijuana for many are the unknown affects that this plant has on the human body. Much research shows how marijuana is less toxic than current medications used today. Other factors on the affects of this drug include high imprisonment rates among Americans which leads to more costs to house prisoners. American taxpayers spend an average of $10 billion a year to keep the prohibition of marijuana running and that number does not include what it would cost to house an inmate that was charged with the possession of marijuana (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2009). For a drug that is less harmful than most prescription medications, an unnecessary amount of money has been misused on keeping this botanical herb illegal. President Carter stated in a 1977 message to Congress that "penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use. .. Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana" (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2009). Unlike most politicians, President Carter was unafraid of standing up for what he believed was fair for American citizens. Is it fair to make an herb like marijuana illegal to an individual when the use of this plant is a personal choice? Decriminalizing marijuana would benefit the terminally ill, cut down on imprisonment costs, and boost the American economy. Has anyone sat down and compared tobacco cigarettes to marijuana cigarettes? Both contain
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components that could be hazardous to one’s health like carbon monoxide and ammonia (Erowid, 2010). Both are a natural plant grown from the earth’s soil. The big difference is that tobacco is legal, and marijuana is not. Tobacco is deemed harmful because of its cancer-causing components, yet is still legal whereas marijuana has been deemed illegal based on the euphoric effects it may have on one’s body. Marijuana use does however have other health risks. Recurring bronchitis, difficulty with problem-solving, and an increase in anxiety are all thought to be affects of marijuana use. Other, more serious issues like paranoia, loss of interest in life, and an increased risk of developing tongue or throat cancer (Monroe, 1998), are more likely to occur in heavy or chronic users of marijuana. The speculation of health risks is tough to determine fact due to limited research on marijuana. Marijuana contains so many components, researchers are unsure of the effects caused by each individual compound; therefore making accurate scientific data difficult to obtain. A surprising find in marijuana research is that the
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course COM/220 COM220 taught by Professor R.garthferrell during the Winter '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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