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Legalization of Marijuana


The continuing debate

The facts

***** and diseases affected by marijuana use



List of 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. The other is Reefer Madness, a 1936 film meant to be a document*****ry about the evils of the Demon Weed. It possesses, "a dated outlook on marijuana use" 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 to find any***** who still believes one sniff of marijuana will cause insanity, *****re is ***** a good de*****l of reefer madness around, but now it concerns whether ***** legalize the relatively harmless drug for medicinal use, or not. For example, in a 2001 report, ***** observer noted "A controversi*****l assault on ***** nation's war on illegal drugs started in 1996, when a well-organized and well-funded coalition of drug law reformers and grass-roots activ*****ts put legalization of 'medical marijuana' on the ballots in California and *****rizona" (Frater). It was quite a le*****p to characterize the attempt to legalize a ***** at least as *****ful as *****bacco as an "*****." It was someth*****g of a leap to pin ***** entire movement on "drug law *****," especially in light ***** research ***** the United St*****es Nati*****al Academy of Sciences that placed marijuana in a category of useful drugs, and mild ones at that. In a 1999 *****, the ***** noted th*****t, "In general, cannabinoids seem to be mild to moderate analgesics" (Institute of Medicine, Ch. 4, NAS Web site).

If the National Academy of Sciences found that ***** substance is a mild ***** moderate analgesic—a description that could ***** applied to ***** 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 Marijuana Plant

Source: World Wide Seeds Web site

The ***** deb*****e

It is obvious from the rhetoric ***** *****'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 the stance that legalization ***** desired by 'drug ***** reformers' when, as Frater noted, Bill Clinton's administration mobilized to prevent state approvals of medical marijuana in ***** 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 number of people, a few hundred, who ***** determ*****ed to m*****ke the use of smoked marijuana more **********, legal, readily available.... They've got money, and they've got energy (Frater, 2001).

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


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