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Marijuana Reform

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The decriminalization of marijuana is an incredibly controversial topic in the United States. Conservative views deem the drug dangerous and debilitating, while reformers suggest that legalizing the plant would have an enormous positive impact on the economy. While others, the terminally ill, wish for the plant to be legal so it can be offered as a less toxic and sometimes more effective alternative to harsh prescription drugs. an overwhelming wealth of facts that state the benefits marijuana can have medically. It’s not hard to believe that marijuana is the 3rd most popular recreational drug in America and Government polls say some 25 million Americans have smoked the plant in the past year. The purpose of this speech is not to persuade you to do something you have no interest in, but to instead inform you on the discrepancies within our government pertaining to marijuana. The benefits for legalizing the plant outweigh the benefits of keeling it illegal.

Marijuana prohibition applies to everyone, including the sick and dying. Of all the negative consequences of prohibition, none is as tragic as the denial of medicinal cannabis to the tens of thousands of patients who could benefit from its therapeutic use. There are many states that have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Although this is a huge step forward, the federal government still considers it a crime to possess the plant. So many terminally ill people are thrown in prison for being in possession of marijuana that their state said was okay

for them to have. Did you know that the US government considers marijuana more dangerous than cocaine and PCP? Both of those drugs are still used in hospitals today all over the states and are recognized as having medici...

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...s it is to drink or smoke cigarettes. Whether it is legal or not has almost no bearing on whether one is morel likely to partake in the act. Try to be mindful not to stereotype. Not every person who drinks is an alcoholic, and not every person who smokes marijuana is a pot-head. Marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose. It gives the terminally ill a safer alternative to harsh prescription drugs. Taxing the plant and decriminalizing the plant would bring in a huge revenue to

our government. It would also remove non-violent offenders from over crowding our prisons. Our public policies need to reflect these realities, not deny them.

If you are interested in further educating yourself on the decriminalization of marijuana, there is a wealth of information available at the The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws web page, or NORML.org.
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