Essay about Marijuana Speech

1516 Words May 7th, 2013 7 Pages
Majoint,, spliff , blunt, dub, L, ganja, grass, pot, bud, and mary jane. Now, why are these words thought to be "bad". Why are we taught from such a young age that marijuana is bad. Why are we able to go into any store and buy tobacco, which kills 400,000 people annually; alcohol, which kills 100,000 people annually; and caffeine, which kills 2,000 people annually. According to the New England Journal of medicine, you would have to smoke 1500 pounds of marijuana in under 15 minutes to OD. Marijuana was prohibited in 1937, but marijuana prohibition isn’t working. Today between 95 and 100 million Americans admit to having tried it and nearly 15 million have used it within the past month. Some people believe that marijuana is …show more content…
it has been a part of western medicine since the 19th century. starting in the early 1900s states began outlawing it because it became associated with violence and psychosis. in 1937 through the marijuana tax act the federal government outlawed marijuana in objections by the american medical association. the United States first criminalized marijuana as a way to arrest Mexican immigrants, who werethe only ones using it in the early 20th century. It was said that marijuana created a "reefer madness" that could turn people into violent, sex-crazed and irresponsible maniacs. Marijuana legalization is a very heated topic that has great controversy and is rarely discussed or taken seriously by US politicians because politicians are too preoccupied in preserving their seats in congress, and taking on marijuana legalization would be political suicide.

Politicians and the media want the public, to believe that marijuana is a ”gateway drug” that leads to more dangerous drugs. Although, marijuana is non-lethal and is safer than alcohol. It is an established

scientific fact that marijuana is not toxic to humans; overdose is nearly impossible, and it is not nearly as addictive as alcohol or tobacco. In fact, it is more likely to become addicted to coffee than it is to this drug. Politics and media are very successful in convincing us that marijuana is not a safe drug. Some of the things that we know about
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