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Legalization of Marijuana


The continuing debate

***** facts

***** and diseases affected by marijuana use



List ***** illustrations

Medicinal marijuana plant

Legislative History of Marijuana


***** cult films, two stand out. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with its audience-participation aspect, is one. ***** other is Reefer Madness, a 1936 film meant to be a documentary about the evils of the Demon Weed. It possesses, "a dated outlook on marijuana *****" and "focuses 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" (Reefer M*****dness Web site, 2004). While it is rare ***** find any***** who still believes one sniff of marijuana will cause insanity, there is still a good deal ***** 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 ***** nation's war on illegal drugs started in 1996, when a well-org*****nized and well-funded coalition of drug law re*****mers ***** grass-roots activ*****ts put legalization of 'medical marijuana' on the ballots in California and *****rizona" (Frater). It was quite a le*****p ***** characterize the attempt to legalize a ***** *****t least as useful ***** *****bacco as an "*****sault." It ***** someth*****g of a leap to pin the entire movement on "drug law reformers," especially in light ***** research by the United States National Academy of Sciences that placed marijuana in a category of useful drugs, ***** mild ones at that. In a 1999 report, the Ac*****demy noted that, "In general, cannab*****oids seem to be mild to moderate analgesics" (Institute of Medicine, Ch. 4, NAS Web *****).

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

Figure: Medicinal Marijuana Plant

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

***** continuing deb*****e

It is obvious from the rhetoric that ********** publisher, The National Journal, has taken a stand against legalizing medical marijuana, despite the publication's claim to be non-partisan. It is hard to support the stance that legalization was desired by 'drug law reformers' when, as Frater noted, Bill Clinton's administration mobilized to prevent state approvals of medical ***** 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 ***** of people, a few hundred, who were determ*****ed to m*****ke the use of smoked marijuana more tolerated, legal, readily available.... They've got money, and ********** got energy (*****, 2001).

Once again, the rhetoric gets in the way of the facts; *****'s ***** is solid accord*****g to h***** own **********, and certainly not those of medical science or opinion polls. As f***** having *****,


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