Legalization of Marijuana: 125 Years in the making - To legalize or not to legalize, what is it going to be?

Essay by oddityxUniversity, Bachelor'sA, February 2007

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Table of Contents

I. Intro

1. Quotes from Francis L. Young & Hugh Downs

II. So is marijuana really dangerous?

1. Marijuana is a safer drug.

2. Can cause short term memory loss.

3. Mental loops.

4. Enhancing abilities.

5. Marijuana is not for everyone.

III. History of Marijuana.

1. Marijuana criminalization lies.

2. When it was legal.

3. Why it became illegal.

IV. Medical Marijuana.

1. Six different treatments.

2. Before 1937.

V. Summary

VI. Time Line

VII. Chart-how dangerous is marijuana?

VIII. Bibliography

"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance..." said Chief administrative law Judge, Francis L. Young in 1972. Hugh Downs a co-anchor and respected journalist at ABC News for more then 60 years retired. On his last show he was asked if he had any opinions of his own that he would like to express.

He responded," That Marijuana should be legalized".

Marijuana- mar-i-jua-na or mar-i-hua-na (Hemp, Cannabis, Pot, and Mary Jane)

- 1) A preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant, usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria. 2) A hemp plant whose leaves are smoked in cigarettes as a narcotic drug.

While at home, on television I watch anti-drug commercials talking about marijuana and how dangerous it is. This makes me sick, hearing them lie about a thing like that. They're wasting millions of dollars on commercials that are nothing but jargon. Now I'm not trying to get more people to smoke marijuana, I'm just trying to get the truth out to the public about a highly misunderstood substance.

So is Marijuana really dangerous?

When placing marijuana next...