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Legalization of Marijuana

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The continuing debate

The facts

Disorders and diseases affected by marijuana use

Solution

References

List of 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. ***** 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 "focuses ***** 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 anyone who still believes one sniff of marijuana will cause insanity, *****re ***** ***** 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 noted "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 activists put legalization of 'medical marijuana' on ***** ballots in California and *****rizona" (Frater). It was quite a leap ***** characterize the attempt to legalize a ***** *****t least as *****ful ***** *****bacco as an "*****." It ***** something of a leap to pin ***** entire movement on "drug law reformers," especially in light of research by the United States Nati*****al 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, cannabinoids seem to be mild to moderate analgesics" (Institute of Medicine, Ch. 4, NAS Web site).

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

Figure: Medicinal Marijuana Plant

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

***** ***** debate

It is obvious from the rhetoric that ********** publ*****her, 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 ***** stance that legalization was desired by 'drug ***** reformers' when, as Frater noted, Bill Clinton's administration mobilized to prevent state approvals of medical ***** in ***** 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 determ*****ed to make the use of smoked marijuana more tolerated, legal, readily available.... *****y've got money, and *****y've got energy (Frater, 2001).

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

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