Medical Marijuana Laws and their Effects

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Medical Marijuana Laws and their Effects
Keith Reese
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7/23/2014
Jennifer Preus

Medical Marijuana Laws and their Effects In 1936, George Herliman produced the propaganda film “Tell Your Children”, later

titled “Reefer Madness”(“IMBD”, 1990-2014). This film, financed by a church group to display

the exaggerated consequences of marijuana usage, was intended to inspire fear in parents and

children alike. Though marijuana legalization has become a front burner topic, one would

assume that our technological advances would invoke more rational responses from the general

public seeking facts to support claims. However, the same type of fear induced media messages

are employed today by anti-marijuana
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NORML 's website states that their mission “is to move public

opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an

advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe,

convenient, and affordable.” (NORML, 2014). NORML claims that their support of marijuana

legalization is the result of the cost of marijuana prohibition enforcement to the taxpayers and the

more than 740,000 arrests per year for marijuana related offenses.(NORML, 2014). Pro-

marijuana activist, Brittney Guest of Oklahoma City, has a similar reason for maintaining

support. Guest stated, “The prohibition itself is what 's creating all of these crimes and all of these

inhumane things that are happening to people.” Guest continued, “Families are being torn apart

by these aggressive marijuana laws that are on the books.” (Murphy, February 12, 2014).

Statements like this one contradict the claims of the opposition that marijuana legalization is in

the public 's best interest.

The movement to end marijuana prohibition has found supporters from all walks of life,

but some are more unlikely than others. One such supporter has been Pennsylvania State Senator,

Daylin Leach. Leach has been outspoken about his support for the movement to legalize
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