Hope Baumel Speech 3 October 31, 2006 Page Ã¯Â¿Â½ PAGE Ã¯Â¿Â½5Ã¯Â¿Â½ of Ã¯Â¿Â½ NUMPAGES Ã¯Â¿Â½5Ã¯Â¿Â½
General Purpose: Persuasive
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience not support the legalization of marijuana.
Against Legalizing Marijuana
Good evening Fellow classmates. I want to share with you some astonishing information. Today, more than 6 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs - that is more than the number of Americans abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, combined. Think about that number - 6 million people is the equivalent of the combined populations of Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia. This information was a part of speech delivered as recently as September 6, 2006.
I pose this question to you now: what would the benefit be of legalizing marijuana when the current prescription drug abuse is already as great as it is?
I want to talk to you about 3 popular myths, and explain why they are myths, and then offer you an opportunity to ask me questions at my conclusion.