*Opinion Paper on the Legalization of Marijuana*-Pro Legalization for Medical Purposes- complete with small works cited-Written fall semester of the 2004-05 year.

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Many people's eyebrows raise when a discussion on marijuana comes up. It's

funny to me how most of those eyebrows belong to teenagers, like me, and the baby

boomer adults that grew up in the 1970's, a.k.a. the psychedelic funk/flower power/ heavy

drug usage age. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying everyone did drugs back then, but

the views were certainly different compared to our modern views today.

What was the change? The Vietnam War could be said as a primary reason as

many people wanted to escape(Hamric). It was a generation barrier, as all the younger

generations did not want to be called to serve in a senseless war. It was a way to escape

all of the realities of life at the time, even much like today. Though, scientists, probably

through natural interest, began to study all of the drugs in use and began to prove the

consequences of long term illicit drug use.

It can be easy to understand the viewpoints of all the different stands on

legalization of marijuana. Most people involved in trying to sway the American viewpoint

all have personal experiences within their respected views. Their jobs, personal

experiences (maybe including ones from the '70s), and/or family circumstances, give a

base to these arguments. How can you deny someone else's experience?

But then again these pathos arguments can often be too strong. The point of view

of them sometimes can skip over important facts that can throw the whole argument into


In the 1980's, the Federal Supreme Court decided that marijuana was a dangerous

drug. Not just for possible society health risks, but economic and security issues as well.

Since then, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) along with a few non-profit

organizations like the Partnership For A Drug Free America, have...