ent it is addictive andhas basically no heath benefits. I feel that the US should legalize
marijuana, a non addictive drug that can actually be beneficial?
Four million Americans smoke marijuana on a regular basis.
USA Today states that in 2001, 34% of Americans 18 to 49 year olds favor of
legalization of marijuana in the United States. The 62% of people that
oppose marijuana are the elderly, regular church goers, and republicans.
Marijuana should be legalized. I will provide you with the many benefits on
the agricultural production of marijuana in this country. Also I would like
to point out that if it was legal we could do even more research on the
positive aspects of this natural herb.
I. There are many benefits in the agricultural production of
A. Fist of all, I would like to provide you with some background
information on this plant.
B. Hemp is a crop that both presidents, Washington and Jefferson
raised. It was valued for its fibers which were used for rope
and canvas, and its seeds were used for soap and lamp oil.
C. In 1619 the Virginia assembly passed legislation that required
all farmers to grow hemp. It was exchanged as legal tender in
Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. In the late 19th century,
marijuana was a popular ingredient in many medicine products and
was sold openly in public pharmacies.
D. Also during World War II, the import of hemp was crucial to our
military. It was used for parachutes and other necessities. The
US Department of Agriculture called on the ‘Hemp for Victory,
requiring farmers once again to plant hemp. In 1943, the US had
over 375,000 acres of land committed to hemp.
II. Secondly there are many beneficial uses of the plant.
A. Hemp is the male part of the plant that contains less than 1% of
tetrahydrocannabinol (the primary ingredient in marijuana that
gets you high). Hemp has over 50,000 non-drug uses. For example,
fuel, food, plastics, cosmetics, and clothing. Its seeds are
well balanced protein having the highest content of essential
B. Cannabis is the female part of the plant. It also has very
strong fibers. Its seeds are used in food production and oil
that is used as a base for paints and varnishes. The pulp can be
used in fuel and paper. The resin in the blossoms and leaves can
used in medicines.
C. Another benefit of the plant is actually smoking the buds and
blossoms of the female plant. It provides relief of suffering
seriously and terminally ill patients dying of AIDS and cancer.
AIDS patients smoke this drug for an appetite, and cancer
patients smoke it to relieve the nausea they get from
chemotherapy. Doctors also recommend using this drug for
epilepsy, arthritis, migraine headaches, and glaucoma. Time
magazines poll stated 84% of Americans believe marijuana should
be legalized for medical uses. Marijuanna has been proven to
have therapeutic benefits on these people who want to enjoy and
not suffer in pain the little life they have left.
III. Thirdly, marijuana can benefit our economy. Legalization doesn’t
mean that there won’t be restraints to govern its use. Done
properly it allows the government to control distribution and
quality of marijuana.
A. The state and federal government would be able to tax it and
regulate its distribution. This would enable the US to cut the
cost on the drug war by 50% and focus on the more harmful and
deadly drugs. Legalizing marijuana would also reduce health care
cost by reducing the probability of accidental ingestion of an
unintended drug, through state sponsored standardization of
purity in production and sale.
B. Marijuana could raise the job economy. The retail value of
marijuana grow in Vancouver was $750 million. This is 3 times
greater than dairy production. A bushel of corn sells for a
couple dollars, while a bushel of marijuana sells for about
$70,000. Marijuana could become a legitimate agricultural
operation leading to more jobs for farmers.
C. And finally, legalizing marijuana decrease prison overcrowding.
With the 3 strikes your out law, it sends people away for life.
Some of these people are murders and rapist, but most are low
level drug offenders. This means that they are predominately
taking up room in jail, forcing the early release of very
violent offenders. USA today says that the 700,000 annual
marijuana arrests do more harm than good. In 1982, president
Regan launched the ‘War on Drugs’ that began as an assault on
marijuana. The number of marijuana arrests in 1997, was about
700,000 and 87% of those arrests were for possession, not for
the sale or manufacturing.
IV. In conclusion, I have shown many of the benefits of the agricultural
production of marijuana in the US. I firmly believe marijuana should be
legalizing. A drug is nothing more than a chemical that affects the body.
Drugs that are deemed socially, religiously, medically, or politically
unfit are banned. God gave us this herb to enjoy, make use of, and in same
cases help the sick. With so many positive uses for this herb, why
shouldn’t it be legalized?