A Paper on the Legalization of Marijuana

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Push the Kush Rhetorical Precis In his research paper “Push the Kush” (2014), Tanner Terry, a junior at Granite Hills High School, argues that society, as a whole, will benefit from the legalization of marijuana. Terry supports his assertion by illustrating the various benefits that the legalization of marijuana can encompass such as help lower crime rates, develop the economy, and improve health. The author’s purpose is to persuade the reader so that more people will become informed of the benefits that marijuana can have on society. His audience is directed to anyone with an interest surrounding this topic. Introduction One of the most controversial topics in our country today, is the legalization of marijuana. As time…show more content…
In 2 A.D. Hua T’o a surgeon used red wine and marijuana for anesthesia for painful surgeries. Marijuana wasn’t just used in China. It also spread throughout India and into North Africa, and then eventually to Europe by A.D. 500. In 1611, Jamestown, an original American colony, became the number one crop grower for both tobacco and marijuana. During this time, it was used as a source of fiber. Also, in the mid 1800’s and mid 1900’s, Marijuana was used to calm labor pains, nausea, and rheumatism. Marijuana in the south during 1890 was a more popular crop than cotton. In the 1930’s, the U.S Federal Bureau of Narcotics portrayed marijuana as inducer for heavier drugs such as meth, cocaine and crack. Marijuana production intensified in North America during the World War Two era, because Asia’s hemp was cut off. Culture also shifted, as jazz music started to revolve around marijuana. Marijuana was not illegal during the jazz era it was tolerated since it wasn’t a nuisance for the community. “Reefer Songs” became a huge portion of the market for music. In 1947 the U.S. governments spent over 270 million on fighting against marijuana. By the 1960’s hippies or college students took in the drug and embraced it as a symbol for rebellion. In 1961, Harry J. Anslinger, the assistant prohibition commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition and then appointed as the first commissioner of the
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