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Click to edit Master subtitle style 5/12/09 Legalization of Marijuana By: Lauren Zambelli & Alissa Chanin
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5/12/09 History of Marijuana Many people assume that marijuana was made illegal through some kind of process involving scientific, medical, and government hearings; that it was to protect the citizens from what was determined to be a dangerous drug. For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. It's not a recently discovered plant, nor is it a long-standing law. Marijuana has been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it's been in use. Its known uses go back further than 7,000 B.C. and it was legal as recently as the 1940’s. The marijuana plant has an incredible number of uses. The earliest known woven fabric was apparently of hemp, and over the centuries the plant was used for food, incense, cloth, rope, and much more. This adds to some of the confusion over its introduction in the United States, as the plant was well known from the early 1600's, but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900's. America's first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law "ordering" all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. Hemp
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Should Marijuana Be YES NO The drug generally isn't more harmful than alcohol or tobacco if used in moderation. Marijuana is often used as a stepping-stone drug, leading to heroin, cocaine, or other harder drugs. Limiting the use of the drug intrudes on personal freedom. Stoned driving and other dangers would be increased. Legalization would mean a lower price; thus, related crimes (like theft) would be reduced. Some consider use of the drug as morally wrong. There are medical benefits such as the those for cancer patients. Legalization would increase the chances of the drug falling into the hands of kids. Street justice related to drug disputes would be reduced. Because of drug-related arrests, people who have committed or are likely to commit more serious crimes can be taken off the streets. It could be a source of additional tax revenues. Physical damage would be done to users that abuse the drug.
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