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Persuasive Speech On Legalizing Marijuana

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Intro:
Hello guys, and good morning to everyone. There are way too many problems and issues going on right now, not only in the United States, but in the whole world so choosing a topic for this speech was hard because there are so many good topics to talk about. However, after carefully thinking and analyzing the topics I had brainstormed I decided to talk about the legal status of Marijuana now and why I think it should be legalized on a federal level. I will talk about the benefits the drug can have on its users and other pros that come in hand with the legalization of it.
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Weed has been around for thousands of years and there is evidence of it everywhere. Many cultures from places all over the world have consumed various forms of cannabis for hundreds of years. Four presidents of our country are known to have grown hemp. They were James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. In fact, in
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The trend recently is shifting towards the legalization of the drug, several states have already done it. There are several reasons why more states are legalizing marijuana, for medical or recreational reasons. Some of these reasons are that the marijuana industry could bring in billions of dollars in tax revenue, create jobs, prohibition of the substance can be linked to crime and it actually costs huge amounts of money to prohibit it.
Recently states have started to move towards the direction of decriminalization or legalization of marijuana. The first states to have done it were Colorado and Washington in 2012. Since it has now been more than four years since this happened we can now start to see the effects that the legalization of marijuana had on these states. For example just last year, Colorado earned more money in tax revenue from weed than alcohol sales. This is money that the state could not have gotten
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