Hello Congressman, before you head into your all important work I would like to speak with you for a moment about medical marijuana policy. I represent the Marijuana Policy Project, a group dedicated to not only “chang[ing] state laws to reduce or eliminate penalties for the medical use of marijuana” but also, “gain[ing] influence in Congress” (Marijuana Policy Project, n.d.). The second part of our mission is the main reason I stand before you today and why it is so imperative that members of my organization continue to spend these precious minutes with their Congressmen to address the future of marijuana policy.
Firstly, many who oppose marijuana reform will argue that marijuana is harms male fertility. In the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior it notes that “there have been reports of diminished sperm counts and abnormal sperm structure in heavy marijuana users” (Ksir & Ray, 2004). This is the source most often quoted when people try to prove the point that marijuana affects sperm count. Unfortunately, that same text goes on to say that these diminished counts are not significant enough to cause alarm. Another point much of the opposition will make is that marijuana is a “gateway” drug. We are trying to combat this point by having as many government leaders as possible knowing the truth once and for all. Marijuana is a gateway drug simply because it is illegal. Hence, those who sell this plant are just as likely to be selling any other drug besides marijuana. This makes much worse “drugs” easily available to many normal marijuana smokers.
The most important thing the Marijuana Policy Project wants Congressmen like you to know is that no deaths have ever been attributed to marijuana. The British Medical Journal published an article in 2003 which stated that “no acute lethal overdoses of cannabis are known, in contrast to several of its illegal and legal counterparts” (Sidney, 2003). Also, we want you to understand that regular smoking...