Persuasive Speech Outline Essay

969 Words Oct 3rd, 2013 4 Pages
General Purpose: To persuade

Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience to support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Central Idea: People should have the option to choose their methods of medication; therefore, marijuana should be legalized for medicinal purposes.

Introduction:

ATTENTION

A. How many of you take Advil for a headache? How many of you use a remedy passed down from your grandparents or parents to alleviate a cold? How many people do you know suffer from migraines or experience back aches and take prescription pain killers to ease their pain? Do you know a cancer patient suffering through the effects of chemotherapy?

B. Today I’m going to attempt to persuade you to support, by voting for
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a. Some examples of substances listed in Schedule I are: heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), peyote, and methylenedioxymethamphetamine ("Ecstasy").

I. Think about the financial burden on the economy in regards to the millions of dollars spent on marijuana prohibition and the financial gain from legalization.

A. Recently two states voted and passed the law legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. “The new measure is expected to bring the two states more than $550 million combined, with more than 300 economists previously estimating that legalizing pot could save the U.S. up to $14 billion a year (huffington post).”

B. I recently attended an Americans for Safe Access meeting and spoke with Eugene Davidovich, president of the San Diego chapter. He explained to me some of the measures the city attorney is taking to take their rights away despite the state legislation. “Medical marijuana patients, supporters, and community advocates are outraged at Dumanis' incessant efforts to subvert state law on this issue…”

Transition: Here are some solutions along with things that need to happen.

SATISFACTION-

I. Most importantly it needs to be legalized or decriminalized.

II. Reclassify marijuana

A. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, in a letter he wrote last year to President Obama, expressed concerns with the Justice