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Persuasive speech - legalising marijuana

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Introduction

LEGALIZING MARIJUANA For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. It's not a recently discovered plant and Its known uses go back further than 7,000 B.C.. Marijuana has been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it's been in use. The hemp plant is a valuable natural resource. Up untill 1883, Cannibis was the largest agricultural crop in the world. It had thousands of uses, and products. The majority of fabrics, lighting oil, medicines, paper, and fiber came from hemp.The first two copies of the declaration of independence of United States , were writen on hemp paper. Legalizing marijuana would eliminate the confusion surrounding hemp and allow us to take advantage of hemp's agricultural and industrial uses. ...read more.

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They say we need to keep drugs illegal to protect our society from the addiction and disease that they cause. These arguments are not consistent with the fact that the two most deadly drugs in the world are legal. Alcohol and tobacco are far more addictive and harmful than marijuana; both produce cancer and can eventually lead to death whereas in 10 000 years of use,no deaths have been caused due cannabis. THE MISPERCEPTION The dangers of marijuana use have been exaggerated for almost a century. Claims of marijuana's danger are based on old 20th century prejudices that originated in a time when science was uncertain how marijuana produced its characteristic effects. ...read more.

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Nonetheless, adults have demonstrated over the last several decades that marijuana can be used moderately without harmful impacts to the individual or society. In conclusion, If we want to have drug policies that are logical and effective, we need to legalize and regulate marijuana in a manner similar to the regulation of alcohol and tobacco. For years there has been a negative stigma attached to this plant, but that's exactly what it is, a plant, something that grows in the ground, and it is not inherantly evil like some people believe. It is the use or misuse of it that is good or bad, not the plant itself. I think that it is time we look past all that we have been told about the dangers of marijuana and see that it actually has legitimate medical uses and it's legalization would benefit our society and economy. ...read more.

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