Should Marijuana be Legalized under any Circumstances?



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Why we should legalize marijuana
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Page(s) 1 of... Messerli, Joe. “Should Marijuana be Legalized under any Circumstances?” http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm. 7 Apr. 04/07/2008. 19 Apr. 2009 .


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http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm


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The drug generally isn't more harmful than alcohol or tobacco if used in moderation. As you'll see by reading research studies from the related links section at the bottom of the page, the studies of the harmfulness of marijuana are inconclusive and contradictory. Most doctors would agree that it's not very harmful if used in moderation. It's only when you abuse the drug that problems start to occur. But isn't abuse of almost any bad substance a problem? If you abuse alcohol, caffeine, Ephedra, cigarettes, or even pizza, health problems are sure to follow. Would you want the government limiting how much coffee you can drink or how much cheesecake you take in? Most doctors believe that marijuana is no more addictive that alcohol or tobacco.


Paraphrase:

Marijuana isnt so bad if used in moderation. It is like any other drug is used to much in can become a problem. "Many doctors believe marijuana is no more addictive than alcohol or tobacco."


My Ideas:

I completly agree if what this guy thinks. I'll probably use this as one of my main ideas



Legalizing Marijuana
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Page(s) 1 of... Messerli, Joe. “Should Marijuana be Legalized under any Circumstances?” http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm. 7 Apr. 04/07/2008. 19 Apr. 2009 .


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http://www.balancedpolitics.org/marijuana_legalization.htm


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There many medical benifits such as those for cancer patients. As detailed in the related links section, there are a number of medical benefits of marijuana benefits of marijuana, most notably in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Others believe it helps in the treatment of depression. Certain states like California have brought intiatives to legalize the drug for at least medicinal purposes.


Paraphrase:

"There are many benefits for legalizing marijuana such as patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy." "It is also believed to help in the treatment of depression." Some states have already started talking about using marijuana for "medicinal" purposes.


My Ideas:

I want to find out more on the medicals uses of marijuana because that is a big part of the argument for legalization and will be one of my main points.



Marijuana
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Page(s) 500 of... “Marijuana.” Oxford dictionary. Ed. Frank Abate, Deborah Argosy, and Christine Lindenberg. New York: Christopher Davis , 1998.


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Marijuana- The dried leaves, flowering tops, and stems of the hemp, used as a drug, often smoked in cigarettes.


Paraphrase:

marijuana- "part of the hemp plant used as a drug in cigarettes."


My Ideas:

good definition



Legilazation of marijuana
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Page(s) 14 of... DUBNER, STEPHEN J., Lester Grinspoon, and Robert L DuPont. On the Legalization — or Not — of Marijuana. Weblog. 30 Oct. 2007. 19 Apr. 2009 .


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http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/30/on-the-legalization-or-not-of-marijuana/


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This expanding use can no longer be dismissed as simply a youthful fad. It is a clear sign that adults who have a desire or need to stretch their consciousness are discovering that the least costly agent of this kind of experience is offered by marijuana. If used properly, it leads to a gentle alteration of consciousness, there is very little risk to health, the experience does not lead to any kind of antisocial behavior, and it is relatively (or would be, without the prohibition tariff) inexpensive. Marijuana has become part of our culture, and it is here to stay.


Paraphrase:

Marijuana is an inexpensive mind altering drug. "If used properly has no health risks or antisocial behavior." "Marijuana has become part of our culture and it is here to stay"


My Ideas:

I really like what this person is talking about and he is a reliable source the professor of pyschiatry at the Harvard Medical School.



On the Legalization — or Not — of Marijuana
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Page(s) 14 of... DUBNER, STEPHEN J., Lester Grinspoon, and Robert L DuPont. On the Legalization — or Not — of Marijuana. Weblog. 30 Oct. 2007. 19 Apr. 2009 .


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http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/30/on-the-legalization-or-not-of-marijuana/


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So many people in the last decade have discovered its remarkable and versatile uses as a medicine that twelve states have now adopted legislation or initiatives which allow for its medicinal use. unfortunately, the federal government, insisting that it has no medical utility, continues its merciless crackdown on patients, their doctors, and the people who grow this medicine within the legal limitations specified by the particular state.The many thousands of patients who use marijuana for the treatment of a number of symptoms and syndromes do so because they find it to be as or more effective, and generally less toxic, than the conventionally prescribed medicines it replaces, plus it is less expensive, even at prohibition-inflated prices.


Paraphrase:

Alot of people have come to realize that marijuana is a good drug for "medicinal" use. Though the government refuses to acknowledge this "Many of the patients who use marijuana for treatment of their symptoms do so because they find it more effective, and generally less toxic, than the conventionally prescribed medicines it replaces, and it is less expensive even with the prohibition - inflation prices."


My Ideas:

It is interesting that people say marijuana works better than hard drugs that could be doing harm to the body. It shows marijuana is a great alternative choice do toxic conventionly prescribed medicines.



On the Legalization — or Not — of Marijuana
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Page(s) 14 of... DUBNER, STEPHEN J., Lester Grinspoon, and Robert L DuPont. On the Legalization — or Not — of Marijuana. Weblog. 30 Oct. 2007. 19 Apr. 2009 .


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http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/30/on-the-legalization-or-not-of-marijuana/


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Regardless of one's view of marijuana use as normal or immoral, healthy or unhealthy, the fact is that over 70 years of government prohibition has done little to nothing to achieve the long-stated public goals of increasing youth perception of harm from marijuana use, reducing youth access to untaxed and unregulated marijuana, increasing treatment for marijuana abuse and marijuana-related emergency room visits, and incarcerating users and dealers. In 2003, the Office of Management and Budget presented the Drug Enforcement Administration with a zero rating on a hundred-point scale for achievement of the bureau's stated goals — an utterly failing grade.


Paraphrase:

Over 70 years of government prohibition has done little to raise awarness to teens about the harm of marijuana use. "In 2003, the Office of Management and Budget presented the Drug Enforcement Administration with a zero rating on a hundred-point scale for successfulness."


My Ideas:

Those are some very interesting statistics that i'll put in the main body of my paper



Time to legalize marijuana
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Page(s) 1 of... Moffatt, Mike. “Time to Legalize Marijuana? - 500+ Economists Endorse Marijuana Legalization.” About.com. 2009. 19 Apr. 2009 .


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http://economics.about.com/od/incometaxestaxcuts/a/legalize_pot.htm


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Professor Jeffrey A. Miron, The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition. The report shows that marijuana legalization -- replacing prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation -- would save $7.7 billion per year in state and federal expenditures on prohibition enforcement and produce tax revenues of at least $2.4 billion annually if marijuana were taxed like most consumer goods. If, however, marijuana were taxed similarly to alcohol or tobacco, it might generate as much as $6.2 billion annually.


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"The amount of money the government would save if they legalized marijuana and replaced the prohibition system they would save 7.7 biliion per year in state and federal money." They would then gain 2.4 billion in tax revenues if taxed like regular goods. If taxed like alcohol or tabacco however it could bring in around 6.2 billion anually.


My Ideas:

Those are some huge numbers and it would make sense to legallize marijuana for how much money we can save and make.



Making the Case for Legalizing Marijuana
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Page(s) 1 of... Siegel, Robert. “Making the Case for Legalizing Marijuana.” Making the Case for Legalizing Marijuana (Apr. 2007). Newspaper Source. EBSCO. 17 Apr. 2009 .


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http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=1&hid=105&sid=2d547e1c-c58d-4359-b4d7-e51e796fb17f%40sessionmgr109&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=nfh&AN=6XN200704062006


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There are roughly 1.8 million arrests last year, of which almost 800,000 were for marijuana. So over 40, close to 45 percent of all drug arrests in America are for marijuana. And of those, 90 percent are for simple possession.


Paraphrase:

"The statistics for marijuana arrests is very high. Out of 1.8 million arrests almost 800,000 were for marijuana." Meening 40 to 45 percent of arrests in Amercia are for marijuana, 90 percent of those are just for possession.


My Ideas:

Its incredible how much time and money we can save if we legalize marijuana half of arrests would already be gone.



Making the Case for Legalizing Marijuana
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Page(s) 1 of... Siegel, Robert. “Making the Case for Legalizing Marijuana.” Making the Case for Legalizing Marijuana (Apr. 2007). Newspaper Source. EBSCO. 17 Apr. 2009 .


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http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=1&hid=105&sid=2d547e1c-c58d-4359-b4d7-e51e796fb17f%40sessionmgr109&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=nfh&AN=6XN200704062006


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public opinion in support of decriminalization of marijuana, you know, now is an area around 70 percent, who basically say that marijuana possession should not lead to people being sent to jail and even support for legalization, you know, now is between 30 and 45 percent, depending upon how you ask the question. So we're seeing it beginning to approach a very substantial minority, almost a majority, in public opinion. And then finally, of course, in the medical marijuana area you have 70 to 80 percent of Americans saying that marijuana should be legal for medical purposes. And almost every state that has a chance to vote on this says yes, we agree, it should be.


Paraphrase:

"70 percent of people think that people should'nt need to go to jail for possesion of marijuana. For legalization of marijuana 30 to 45 percent support legalizing marijuana so almost a majority". Marijuana for medical use the statistics is 70 to 80 percent think that it should be legal for medicinal purposes.


My Ideas:

The majority of people believe that marijuana should be used for medical purposes is a interesting fact and almost half of the population believe that it should be legallized is even better.



SHOULD MARIJUANA BE LEGALIZED FOR MEDICAL USES?
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Zeese, Kevin, and William Ruzzamenti. “Should marijuana be legalized for medical uses?” SHOULD MARIJUANA BE LEGALIZED FOR MEDICAL USES? 7.7 (1993): 1. Abstract. Health Library. EBSCO. 19 Apr. 2009 .


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http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9402101246&site=ehost-live


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Many doctors already recommend that their patients break the law and get; marijuana. A recent Harvard survey of oncologists showed that almost half would prescribe marijuana if it were legal. That's because there's very strong evidence that marijuana works as a medicine. It's effective in controlling muscle spasms for people with neurological problems, in controlling nausea and increasing appetite for cancer and AIDS patients, and in controlling the eye pressure that causes damage in glaucoma.


Paraphrase:

"In a Harvard survey, half of oncologists said that they would prescribe marijuana if it were legal." "There is very strong evidence that marijuana works like a medicine". "It is effective in controlling symptoms of patients with neurological patients, and AIDS patients".


My Ideas:

We should help the people suffering from this by legalizing marijuana. This will go in the Medicinal part of Marijuana section of my paper.


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