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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


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 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 ***** ***** a good de*****l ***** 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 controversi*****l assault on the nation's war on illegal drugs started in 1996, when a well-organized and well-funded coalition of drug law re*****mers and 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 drug *****t least as useful ***** tobacco as an "*****." It w***** something ***** a leap to pin the entire movement on "drug law reformers," especially in light of research ***** 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 *****, "In general, cannab*****oids seem to be mild to moderate analgesics" (Institute of Medicine, Ch. 4, NAS Web site).

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

*****: Medicinal ***** Plant

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The continuing deb*****e

It is obvious from the rhetoric that *****'s publisher, The National Journal, has taken a stand against legalizing medical marijuana, desp*****e 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 other states after Arizona and California voters both approved such measures (Frater, 2001). Gen. Barry McCaffrey, ***** drug czar, said:

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

Once again, the rhetoric gets in the way of the facts; ********** ***** is solid accord*****g to h***** ***** **********, and certainly not t*****ose of medical science or o*****ion polls. As for having *****,


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