Why Cannabis, also known as marijuana, should be legal. It describes its usefullness, its ability to help the economy, and the innefectiveness of how it is dealt with today.

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Persuasion Speech on the Legalization of Marijuana

Topic: Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, should be legal in all instances.

General purpose: to persuade

Specific Purpose: I want my audience to realize all of the possibilities of cannabis and to want to make cannabis legal.

Introductory Statement: It can be used for paper, it can make fuel, it can save the rain forest, it can reverse the greenhouse effect, it can help the economy, it can be used as medicine, it can make plastic, it can make cloth, its name means useful, so what is "it". It is cannabis, the plant that marijuana comes from. Marijuana is part of the plant cannabis sativa, its name means useful (sativa) hemp (cannabis)

Opinion: Cannabis is the most precious untapped resource of all time. It can solve many of the world's problems, including hunger, depletion of natural resources, medicine, the greenhouse effect, the overuse of pesticides, and the shortage of trees.

Reason #1: Marijuana has the potential to create products cheaper and better.

Details: There are three parts to the plant other than the parts that make you high. They are called the seed, the pulp, and the medicine.

I.The pulp can be used to make both fuel and paper. The paper would be all natural, the paper used today is made from trees using many chemicals and very strong acids to create the smooth, white, sheet. The fuel can replace fossil fuels; this means that cars can run on it and also coal powered power plants can use this instead of coal. They also burn a lot cleaner than fossil fuels, so they cause a lot less pollution.

II.The seed can be used for food. The seeds are a source of a lot of protein. The seeds also contain many essential fatty...