Emily SuPersuasive OutlinePersuasiveOutline Legalizing Marijuana Specific purpose: To persuade my audience that marijuana is beneficialand the US should not more strictly enforce federalmarijuana laws.Attention: Marijuana. It has a fascinating history on its own.Marijuana can date back to around 500 B.C. where it was likely used as a herbalmedicine in Asia.

Ironically, in present day, it has become illegal on afederal level, and punishable by law to possess, or use. It has transformedinto a hot political topic, and has resulted in ferocious debate all over thecountry, and even globally. With all the talk about this, you might bewondering, is marijuana the corrupt and harmful drug that the media, and thegovernment depict it out to be? A threat to our society and our youth? Or is ita plant, capable of easing the pain of the sick, rejuvenating the weary, andbringing ease and relief to our stressful lives? Need:Federal prisons are spending way toomuch money incarcerating marijuana users. It is also taking up a lot of prisonspace that could be used for more important things. “Thecosts of this national obsession, in both money and time, are astonishing.

Eachyear, enforcing laws on possession costs more than $3.6 billion, according tothe American Civil Liberties Union.  According to the FBI’s annualUniform Crime Reports, of the 1,488,707 arrests for drug law violations in2015, 83.

9% (1,249,025) were for mere possession of a controlled substance.Only 16.1% (239,682) were for the sale or manufacturing of a drug. Further, themajority (43.

2%) of drug arrests in 2015 were for marijuana — a total of643,121.Marijuana is not all as dangerousas people make it out to be. In fact, it can be quite beneficial in relievingstress.

According to Leslie Iverson, British pharmacologist, “Tetrahydrocannabinolis a very safe drug. Laboratory animals (rats, mice, dogs, monkeys) cantolerate doses of up to 1,000 mg/kg (milligrams per kilogram).” Also, contrary to popular belief, there arevery few if any confirmed instances of people dying from a marijuana overdose.In Britain, official government statistics listed five deaths from cannabis inthe period 1993-1995 but on closer examination these proved to have been deathsdue to inhalation of vomit that could not be directly attributed to cannabis(House of Lords Report, 1998). By comparison with other commonly usedrecreational drugs these statistics are impressive.

Compared to a lot of other legal gateway drugs, suchas alcohol or tobacco, marijuana has little negative impact on declining healthfactors and can prove to be beneficial. According to Boffey, (NY Times) an independentscientific committee in Britain compared 20 drugs in 2010 for the harms theycaused to individual users and to society as a whole through crime, familybreakdown, and other social ills. Adding up all the damage, the panel estimatedthat alcohol was the most harmful drug, followed by heroin and crack cocaine.

Marijuana ranked eighth, having slightly more than one-fourth the harm ofalcohol. So why is alcohol legal and widely used, yet marijuana is still barredfrom society?Satisfaction: Regulation iskey to gaining a hold on the drug “problem”. If marijuana remainsillegal, there will still be the following problems that occur:- Underground markets will still be opened and controlled bydrug cartels. This could lead to more problems within the walls of Mexico andeven be brought across to our borders. – Government spending can be better issued on other things asright now the funding is currenty being wasted. People have been trying for solong, and you simply can’t win the “Drug War”.

People will always runto drugs, and will always find a way to seek it no matter the costs. Expendingmoney on a war that can’t be won is useless, and could be more beneficial ifweed legalization were given a chance. The negative health effects influenced by Marijuana haveshown to be very minimal, and has been proven to be less harmful thencigarettes and alcohol.

We as a nation need to understand that by keepingsomething, that grows naturally in nature, with minimal negative healthimpacts, and with such high demand by today’s population, we are inhibiting ournations market growth. Convincing the government to work towards Marijuana legalizationin the U.S. will eliminate the underground market for marijuana, and bring aboutnew opportunities in the job market, eliminate marijuana related crimes, reducethe amount of people in prison accused of minor marijuana related offenses,increase tax revenue for states, and make our cities on our side of the border,and others safer from vicious cartels. Visualization:A.   Marijuana is notas bad of a drug as people make it out to be and people should not be soharshly punished for being in possession of it/ using the substance. B.

   We can   Sources: “Crimein the United States 2015 – Arrests,” FBI Uniform Crime Report(Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2015), p. 1, and Arrest Table:Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations.

Iversen,Leslie L., PhD, FRS, “The Science of Marijuana” (London, England:Oxford University Press, 2000), p. 178, citing House of Lords, Select Committeeon Science and Technology, “Cannabis — The Scientific and MedicalEvidence” (London, England: The Stationery Office, Parliament, 1998).New York Times,”The Injustice of Marijuana Arrests,” By Jesse Wegman, July 28, 2014.TheNew York Times, “What Science Says About Marijuana,” by Philip M.Boffey, July 30, 2014.

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