11 - I Address the marijuana issue a Why it’s important b...

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Unformatted text preview: I . Address the marijuana issue a. Why it’s important b. Why it should matter I I. Infringement of our natural rights a. Government shouldn’t ban things that only harm individuals b. Controls the distribution of far more dangerous drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco c. Would you want them to tell you that you can’t eat pizza doughnuts, which is also very bad for you if abused? (balancedpolitics.com) I I I. Historic Background a. What was once a simple pain reliever has now become a taboo plant to possess, cultivate, or sell. b. First became taxed in the 30’s to put it in the same category as cocaine, then the liberal agenda of the 70’s pushed for it to become decriminalized. c. Unfortunately, the conservative crackdown of Regan and Bush Sr. now has it as an illegal drug once more. Laws since haven’t changed too much since their era in the 80’s-early 90’s (http://www.duke.edu/~sgr5/p2.htm) IV. Conclusion a. People deserve the right to choose whether or not to use marijuana, just as we choose to not smoke, drink, and even eat fatty foods. b. The government shouldn’t have to tell us what we can and can’t do as long as it doesn’t harm others. ...
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