Legalization of Marijuana

758 WordsOct 8, 19994 Pages
Legalization of Marijuana What is marijuana? According to Harvard Medical Professor Lester Grinspoon, it is a "miracle drug", one that prevents blindness, acts as an appetite stimulant for AIDS patients, and prevents muscle spasms in epileptics. When speaking of the same plant, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics for over thirty years, Harry J. Anslinger said that this "evil weed" led to killings, sex crimes and insanity. How can two such highly respected experts have such night and day outlooks on the same thing? While Anslinger presided as America's leading anti-drug official his McCarthyish hunt down of Marijuana users led to the downfall of many well respected Americans. During the 1900's the United Stated has committed…show more content…
Through the 1900's, specifically the 1970's, a number of studies were done on Pot which claimed that it kills brain cells, damages chromosomes, caused impotence in men and prompts men to grow breasts. These conclusions, as stated by Eric Schlosser a writer for The Atlantic Monthly and authority on Marijuana, "...were based on faulty research." However, there are real consequences to smoking Reefer. One of these consequences is a psychological dependence in some users. The compound delta-9-THC has a half- life of five days. This means an occasional user can fail a drug test three days after smoking, a heavy user can fail for over a month. There have been no immunosuppressive of reproductive effects linked to delta-9-THC. Some studies have shown short-term memory deficiency, although reversible, in heavy smokers. The biggest health concern with Pot smoke is its damage to the respiratory system. The risks run parallel with tobacco
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