Marijuana: Do you know the facts?
Pot. Weed. Mary Jane. Reefer Madness. We've all heard and read the negative accusations about the illegal narcotic drug, marijuana. So why is there still any debate on the legalization of this awful drug? Well I'll tell you why. When you cut out all the non-factual claims and off the wall rumors, the pro argument side for marijuana without doubt out weights the cons. In fact, marijuana has been proven to be safer then alcohol, and even tobacco. Nevertheless, it has always been portrayed as an undignified habit and has never been legal in the United States. That said, I urge those of you out there who uniformly refuse to consider the notion of legalizing dangerous drugs to keep reading. Until people know the real facts about marijuana, it will constantly be seen as degrading to the American Society.
"Marijuana is a more dangerous drug than heroin or cocaine.
The drug is adhering to its old world traditions of murder, assault, rape, physical demoralization, and mental breakdown!" (Scientific American, 1928). While this quote was written over 75 years ago, the topic of marijuana is still a touchy issue for many people. There are scores of opinions, religious views, and prejudices swirling around drug use, as it tends to be a subject that people, one way or another, feel very strongly about. The unusual thing about this quote is that it was printed and distributed to the American public without any facts to back it up. During the time this was written, the drug culture in America was becoming a captivating trend. Seeing how popular marijuana was becoming, a large anti-marijuana campaign began to spread rapidly throughout the public. After pairing up with the government, this anti-marijuana campaign became known as "Reefer Madness",