Essay by Kevin LordHigh School, 10th gradeA+, February 1997

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Marijuana is a big topic these days. Many people want to make sure that

marijuana stays illegal. Yet they do not know all the facts about marijuana. They just

think that marijuana is bad. I believe that marijuana should be made legal.

First of all, marijuana refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant,

which contain the narcotic chemical THC at various potencies. It is smoked or eaten to

produce the feeling of being 'high'. Marijuana has been used for thousands of years for

medical, social, relaxation, and religious reasons. Several of our presidents are believed to

have smoked it. Those presidents include Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and many others.

John F. Kennedy smoked it to relieve his back pain. Also, many of America's great

leaders were hemp farmers. This includes good ol' George Washington. Archeologists

believe that cannabis was possibly the first plant farmed by humans.

Many people think that marijuana is addictive, but this is false. Marijuana is less

habit forming than either sugar or chocolate. When users take marijuana, it doesn't lead to

violence-related crimes. Most users commit crime because they want to get marijuana, but

this problem can be easily solved if the government would legalize marijuana again.

When you take marijuana, it doesn't make you violent, in fact it leads to non-violence.

There has never been a case that a person died from smoking marijuana. THC is

one of the few chemicals that has no known toxic amount. This is amazing, since

tobacco(which is legal) has 340,000 plus deaths in a typical year, compared to marijuana,

which has 0 deaths.

The government states that over 20 million Americans still smoke marijuana. You

can say that marijuana affects your health, but marijuana is less dangerous than tobacco

and people smoke less of it at...