End The Reefer Madness

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Outline Subject: Marijuana Topic: Reforming marijuana laws. Purpose: To convince the reader that marijuana laws need to be reformed. Thesis: I believe that current marijuana policy is way to extreme for such a harmless drug. I. Jail/prison time is too severe. II. Health risks aren’t as serious as once thought (or taught). III. It is natural and has medicinal value. IV. Hemp fiber has industrial usage. V. It is no one’s business. VI. Opposition. Kemp 1 Steve Kemp Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. -- Attributed to Abraham Lincoln: Dec 18, 1840. End the Reefer Madness In the 1930’s the United States’ government bombarded Americans with blatant lies about marijuana. Termed the “reefer madness” era by some, Americans were made to believe that marijuana would cause insanity, violence, and sexual promiscuity (unknown author 1). In 1937 the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, which only served to push marijuana further underground. Thirty years later, marijuana emerged as the drug of choice for many middle class young adults. In the 1980’s stiffer penalties for drug offenders fueled the further criminalization of marijuana, and the drug war pressed on. Today a new reefer madness infects America, a madness that creates a disturbance in otherwise respectable people’s lives. It is the prohibition of marijuana. I am a good father and a decent student. I have worked all of my life, and even served in the military. The only law that I break is that I choose to possess and smoke marijuana. I

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