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Legalization of Marijuana

Introduction

The continuing debate

***** facts

Disorders and diseases affected by marijuana use

Solution

References

List of illustrations

Medicinal marijuana plant

Legislative History of Marijuana

Introduction

***** 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" (***** M*****dness Web site, 2004). While it is rare ***** find anyone who still believes one sniff of marijuana will cause insanity, *****re is still a good deal 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, ***** observer noted "A controversial assault on ***** nation's war on illegal drugs started in 1996, when a well-organized and well-funded coalition of drug law re*****mers ***** grass-roots activ*****ts put legalization of 'medical marijuana' on the ballots in California and Arizona" (Frater). It was quite a le*****p to characterize the attempt to legalize a ***** at least as useful as tobacco as an "*****." It was something of a leap to pin ***** entire movement on "drug law reformers," especially in light ***** research ***** the United States Nati*****al Academy of Sciences that placed marijuana in a category of useful drugs, ***** mild ones at that. In a 1999 *****, the Academy noted *****, "In general, cannab*****oids seem to be mild to moderate analgesics" (Institute of Medicine, Ch. 4, NAS Web *****).

If the National ***** of Sciences 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 *****—why h*****s it not been decriminalized federally for medicinal use, at least?

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

Source: World Wide Seeds Web site

The continuing debate

It is obvious from the rhe*****ric that *****'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 ***** desired by 'drug law 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 ***** of people, a few hundred, who were determined to m*****ke the use of smoked marijuana more tolerated, legal, readily available.... ********** got money, and they've got energy (Frater, 2001).

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

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