Essay on Legalization

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Marijuana and other "pleasure" drug are outlawed completely under Federal Statues, banned
by virtually every state as well…

It is not likely that excessive use of marijuana does fog the brain and causes other harm, as its enemies claim…

But this isn't crucial point being interpreted. The key point is that if you accept the
Libertarian promise that your life is your own and not the state's, the government doesn't
have any business telling you what you can and can not do. With the exception of
prohibiting you from using force or fraud against others.

Marijuana, the flowering tops of the cannabis plant should be legalized. Marijuana and
Hemp has many benefits including medical, economical, libertarian, and political.

Marijuana, or cannabis, is commonly described as a recreational drug. In the Unites
States, it has been considered an illegal narcotic for the past sixty to seventy years.
Cannabis presently is a political issue. The public and officials everywhere are
discussing many issues, which concern it. When smoked or ingested, it produces a physical
or mental psychological affect. The government considers the narcotic to be harmful to the
nation. They believe that the drug causes health problems and accidents. Until recently,
these laws have been unarguable in every state. In 1996 Propositions 215 and 200 were
voted into effect in the states of California and Arizona. The propositions amend
consisting laws allowing physicians to recommend marijuana as medicine and patients to
grow, posses, and use it. Hemp is a form of cannabis that has been rediscovered as a
natural resource. It was also banned in the 1930's.

Propositions 215 amend laws to allow patients to grow and posses marijuana with doctor's
recommendation. People suffering or dying can receive a written or oral recommendation, if
their doctor feels it will help them physically or mentally. In California, proposition
215 is called the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. It's proposal won 56 % to 44% among
California citizens and is beginning to take effect now. In Arizona, a similar act was
passed called proposition 200. Many people, including doctors, law officials, political
officials, and AIDS patients argue in favor of the proposition. They claim that cannabis
is very effective in treating cancer, glaucoma, and AIDS, as well as many other illnesses.
They see no reason why doctors are allowed to prescribe addictive, powerful, and lethal
drugs like morphine, but are prohibited to distribute or recommend marijuana.

Although the Government insists that marijuana is a hazardous drug with no medical value,
there is much scientific evidence contradicting this. There have been many studies done on
whether or not cannabis is any more harmful than other drugs. To name a few, the Laguardia
Report, The Harvard Mental Health Letter and the Baroness Wootten Report all come to the
conclusion that marijuana has little or no negative physical or mental effects. Other
scientists have blamed heavy pot use for serious psychological problems, including
psychosis, criminal behavior, and impaired intellectual functioning. Dr. Robert Heath of
Tulane University, New Orleans, gave monkeys cannabis and they produced abnormal brain
wave patterns and pathological changes in brain cells. Dr. Louis J. West and William H.
McLaughlin of UCLA described what they called, "amotivational syndrome," among pot
smokers. Impaired concentration and a diminished ability to stick to complex tasks
characterize it. The full dangers posed by marijuana probably will not be known for years.
Increased hunger increased thirst, dry mouth and throat, sense of slow time, laughing and
giggling, drowsiness, red eyes, poor concentration, and silly behavior are reported as
common undesirable effects of marijuana. Other undesirable effects have been reported less
frequently; they include anxiety, headache, aggressive feelings, irritability, crying,
suicidal thoughts, nausea, amnesia, and apathy. Symptoms of pyhcosis such as micropsia and
hallucinations are common also.

The U.S. National Institute of Drug Abuse's bureau of mortality statistics report that per
year, there are zero deaths caused by marijuana. In comparison, tobacco causes 4000,000
deaths, alcohol 100,000 deaths, aspirin 500 deaths, and all other illegal drugs 8000,000
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