Irv Rosenfeld Essay

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Introduction When Irv Rosenfeld was 10, doctors discovered that his skeleton was filled with more than 200 tumors, due to a condition known as multiple congenital cartilaginous exostosis. Despite seven operations, he still lives with scores of tumors in his bones. As a teenager Irv Rosenfeld was a strong opponent of marijuana use. He would sometimes give talks against marijuana at local schools. "I'd hold up bags of my prescription drugs and say, “Be thankful you're healthy," he recounts. He was then taking prescription muscle relaxants, sleeping pills, anti-inflammatories, and a range of addictive, debilitating, opioid painkillers, including codeine, Demerol, and Darvon. Shortly after Rosenfeld started college at the University of Miami,…show more content…
In California alone it brought 7 billion dollars of tax revenue to the state and 13.5 billion in prohibition related cost cuts, if this was spread throughout the United States it would bring hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes revenue to our economy, and more importantly cut crime. When alcohol was banned in the 1900’s it created wars between others for the distribution and consumption of alcohol. When prohibition was lifted some 10 years later, the violence came to a halt, because the government stepped in and took of the market. If prohibition of marijuana was lifted it could have similar positive effect, for example; all the gangs and drug cartels wouldn’t have a product to sell and would have to find something else to do. The last argument for marijuana to be legalized, is if marijuana were legalized the government could start using one of marijuana's agricultural uses called hemp. “Hemp is a profitable and potentially a “dual-income” crop for farmers, as both seeds and fiber can be processed into over 25,000 thousands known uses” (www.hemp.com). Hemp can be used for the production of fabrics, rope, paper, food, health and beauty aids, printing inks, paint, and building materials, and a bio- fuel which is very important in today’s

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