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Legalization of Marijuana

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The continuing debate

The facts

Disorders and diseases affected by marijuana use

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References

List ***** illustrations

***** marijuana plant

Legislative History of Marijuana

Introduction

Among cult films, two stand out. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with its audience-participation aspect, is one. The other is Reefer Madness, a 1936 film me*****nt to be a document*****ry about the evils of the Demon Weed. It possesses, "a dated outlook on marijuana use" and "foc*****s on almost slapstick scenes of high school kids smoking pot and quickly going insane, playing 'evil' jazz music, being committed, and going on a murder spree" (***** Madness Web site, 2004). While it is rare to find any***** who still believes one sniff of marijuana will cause insanity, *****re is still a good de*****l of reefer madness around, but now it concerns whether to legalize the relatively harmless drug for medicinal use, or not. For example, in a 2001 report, one observer *****ed "A controversial assault on the nation's war on illegal drugs started in 1996, when a well-organized and well-funded coalition of drug law reformers ***** grass-roots activ*****ts put legalization of 'medical marijuana' on the ballots in California and Arizona" (Frater). It was quite a le*****p ***** characterize the attempt to legalize a drug at least as *****ful ***** tobacco as an "**********." It was something of a leap to pin the entire movement on "drug law *****," especially in light ***** research ***** the United States National Academy of Sciences that placed marijuana in a category of useful drugs, ***** mild ones at that. In a 1999 *****, the ***** noted th*****t, "In general, cannab*****oids seem to be mild to moderate analgesics" (Institute of Medicine, Ch. 4, NAS Web *****).

If the National Academy ***** Sciences found that ***** substance is a mild to moderate analgesic—a description ***** could be applied ***** ***** num*****r of over-the-counter drugs with much worse side effects than a mild *****—why has it not been decriminalized federally for medicinal use, at least?

*****: Medicinal Marijuana Plant

Source: World Wide Seeds Web s*****e

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It is obvious from the rhetoric that Frater's publ*****her, The National Journal, has taken a ***** against legalizing medical marijuana, despite the publication's claim to be non-partisan. It is hard to support ***** stance that legalization was desired by 'drug ***** reformers' when, as Frater noted, Bill Clinton's administration mobilized to prevent state approvals of medical marijuana in other states after Arizona and California voters both approved such me*****ures (Frater, 2001). Gen. Barry McCaffrey, ***** drug czar, said:

My own solid judgment was that there were a... small num*****r of people, a few hundred, who were determined to m*****ke the use of smoked marijuana more tolerated, legal, readily available.... They've got money, and *****y've got energy (*****, 2001).

Once again, the rhetoric gets in the way of the facts; McCaffrey's judgment is solid accord*****g to his ***** claims, and certainly not those of medical science or opinion polls. As for having money,

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