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LEGAlization A current issue: By: Skyler Knopp For: Ms. Shelnut Pd.5 3-17-09
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History Cannabis, otherwise known by names such as: hemp, marijuana, blunt, doobie, mary jane, weed, or reefer, is recorded as early as 2700 B.C. in chinese manuscripts. (“Marijuana - History”)
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Early uses of marijuana Nearly 5,000 years ago, in ancient China and India, cannabis was used primarily as an antiseptic and analgesic. Soldiers used the drug for its pain relieving, burn soothing, and sedative effects. This was considered the intoxicant of the intellectuals. (“History”)
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…Skip a few millennia: Until the Mexican revolution, after which the drug began to be trafficked for profit, cannabis was used primarily for medical purposes. Throughout the early 1900’s, marijuana began to see widespread use in the United States due to many people’s choice drug; alcohol, being prohibited. Even after prohibition’s repeal in 1933, the drug remained popular.
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During the mid 1900’s, the drug’s popularity continued to grow, despite its being banned in 1937. By the 1960’s, celebrities, especially musicians, had glorified the drug for its ability to “open their minds”, which was in fact the euphoria and hallucinations that the drug, and its more potent form; hashish, produced when eaten or smoked. (“Marijuana – History”)
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Anti-reformists support the principle that marijuana is a damaging substance and should remain illegal. Legalization of cannabis would promote the conception of more users. Marijuana use poses a considerable threat to one’s health. Leads to the use of harder, more damaging drugs (gateway drug theory). Produces negative effects on third parties.
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support the idea of passing an amendment that would legalize marijuana. Numerous studies have been conducted as to what medical benefits could be harnessed were the substance legalized. Many believe that legalizing the drug would benefit our nations economy by allowing greater regulation. Several of those believers also provide
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENGLISH ENC1105 taught by Professor Johnsmith during the Spring '11 term at Harrison College.

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