Marijuana Criticism

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For the Better

I have often wondered why the "War on Drugs" has not been very effective, in fact, it
really has done nothing. Take for example marijuana. It is banned in any form of growth
and use everywhere in the United States. Yet, this drug gets just as much use as alcohol.
I probably know just about as many "potheads" as I do alcoholics, yet the persistence of
the government to waste countless billions of dollars to try and wipe out the use of this
drug is pathetic.

Take for example a part of our history. The year is 1920, the government decides on the
idea of the prohibition of alcohol, and the Eighteenth Amendment, and the prohibition era
began. What did this era in our history accomplish, nothing. Organized crime rose,
criminal influence rose, many people died from poor imported illegal products, and yet the
prohibition period ended, and alcohol was allowed once again in our society. A new trend,
similar to this one has already begun a long time ago. This is the prohibition of
marijuana in all forms.

Let's take in to account all of the uses of marijuana, or "hemp," not just the use to get
high. The fibers from hemp can be used to make all kinds of things, from paper to fibers,
and oils, medicines, and even food. Take paper, if we had another source in which to make
paper from, we could stop the destruction of forests which deplete our air of oxygen.
More trees also mean more natural beauty in our environment, which is constantly being
destroyed. Less pollution from logging will also be seen. If hemp was allowed ti be
grown for these reasons, think of all the money struggling farmers could make. With the
tobacco industry going under more every day, these farmers are going to be homeless
because they will not have any source of income. States which once received most of there
income from the growth of tobacco can now flourish with the growth of hemp.

Medicinal marijuana has been a popular debate for a long time. People with painful
diseases, in which medical officials agree that medicinal marijuana would help these
people out, have to do without this treatment because the government thinks that it is bad
to smoke marijuana.

So, I propose that we legalize marijuana and end this prohibition. Look at how much
better the country ran after the ending of the alcohol prohibition, crime dropped, as well
as murders and other horrific acts of violence from man to fellow man. Also, the prison
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