Persuasive Speech : Should Marijuana Be Legalized

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General purpose: To persuade

Specific purpose: To persuade the audience that marijuana should be legalized in all states.


Attention Step: Imagine being a person who is in agonizing pain day after day and there was not one

medicine that was helping you. Feeling helpless everyday of your life but knowing that there was one

treatment that you haven 't tried and has been proven to be effective but it is illegal in the state you

reside in.

Relevance to Audience: What if every person in the United States had access to a medicine that could

take away the chronic pain with minimal side effects? Marijuana is that drug,and it should be

categorized as an alternative form of treatment.

Credibility material: If I had a
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II. Satisfaction Step: Medical marijuana has been proven to be more successful than some

more traditional treatments ..[Wallace]

A. We need to petition to pass legislature that legalizes marijuana for patients that need it.

B. If treatment is available, patients will not have to purchase marijuana illegally.

C. To say that legalizing marijuana will open the door for everyone to use “pot” and overdose is simply untrue.

1.“ Over twenty thousand people died from overdosing on prescription pain killers in 2015. There has never been reported cases of marijuana overdoses. [ ASAM

American Society of Addiction Medicine ]


There is a huge need for alternative ways to provide comfort for patients that have adverse

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reactions with traditional medicines, and it 's not like they are unavailable, they are illegal.

III. Visualization Step: The objective of legalizing marijuana is to help people live their lives as pain free as possible without having to suffer with the side effects from traditional


A. If medical marijuana is passed in every state, it will be subject to any medicine and

will be prescribed by a doctor and regulated by the government.

B. It will be more cost effective than traditional pain medicines.

C. As with any drug (legal or not) it should be used responsibly. Do not drive or operate any heavy machinery. Doing so

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