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This is an essay I am writing for my mom, because she believes that it is bad for you, she only associates this drug with the different races in this world and she doesn't actually evaluate the drug itself. So critique me in any way please. Feel free to debate me to, since this is where I put it.

Marijuana

Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. It is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves derived from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. The main active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol; more commonly known as THC.
Common Slangs
mary jane, dope, green, cannabis, happy plant, weed, wacky fire.

History

For most of human history, marijuana has been completely legal. It's not a recently discovered plant, nor is it a long-standing law. Marijuana has been illegal for less than 1% of the time that it's been in use. Its known uses go back further than 7,000 B.C. and it was legal as recently as when Ronald Reagan was a boy.


The marijuana plant, of course, has an incredible number of uses. The earliest known woven fabric was apparently of hemp, and over the centuries the plant was used for food, incense, cloth, rope, and much more. This adds to some of the confusion over its introduction in the United States, as the plant was well known from the early 1600's, but did not reach public awareness as a recreational drug until the early 1900's.


America's first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law "ordering" all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. There were several other "must grow" laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp -- try that today!) Hemp was such a critical crop for a number of purposes (including essential war requirements - rope, etc.) that the government went out of its way to encourage growth.

Now you may be thinking to yourself "Why is this drug illegal with it's many beneficial uses?". Well this story goes all the way back to a guy named Harry J. Anslinger.

Anslinger was an extremely ambitious man, and he recognized the Bureau of Narcotics as an amazing career opportunity -- a new government agency with the opportunity to define both the problem and the solution. He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn't be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and started to work on making it illegal at the federal level.


Anslinger immediately drew upon the themes of racism and violence to draw national attention to the problem he wanted to create. He also promoted and frequently read from "Gore Files" -- wild reefer-madness-style exploitation tales of ax murderers on marijuana and sex and... Negroes. Here are some quotes that have been widely attributed to Anslinger and his Gore Files:
There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others."

"There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others."

"...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."

"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death."

"Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men."

"Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing"

"You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother."

"Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."
And he loved to pull out his own version of the "assassin" definition:
"In the year 1090, there was founded in Persia the religious and military order of the Assassins, whose history is one of cruelty, barbarity, and murder, and for good reason: the members were confirmed users of hashish, or marihuana, and it is from the Arabs' 'hashashin' that we have the English word 'assassin.'

Now I am going to take you through his process of passing the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937
He used a method called yellow journalism. Harry Anslinger got some additional help from William Randolf Hearst, owner of a huge chain of newspapers. Hearst had lots of reasons to help. First, he hated Mexicans. Second, he had invested heavily in the timber industry to support his newspaper chain and didn't want to see the development of hemp paper in competition. Third, he had lost 800,000 acres of timberland to Pancho Villa, so he hated Mexicans. Fourth, telling lurid lies about Mexicans (and the devil marijuana weed causing violence) sold newspapers, making him rich.

Some samples from the San Francisco Examiner:
"Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days -- Hashish goads users to bloodlust."

"By the tons it is coming into this country -- the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms.... Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him...."
After two years of secret planning, Anslinger brought his plan to Congress -- complete with a scrapbook full of sensational Hearst editorials, stories of ax murderers who had supposedly smoked marijuana, and racial slurs.

Congress passed the act and then the following year the banned it.

So now that you know the definition, history, and what people associate it with, lets move on to what it's uses are.

Uses

Medical purposes
Rope
Fuel
Food
Anti-depressants
Stonger Plastics
and so many more......


So please, tell me why marijuana should be illegal in the United States.


Common Questions and Concerns

Inhaling smoke is bad for your lungs and it can cause short term memory loss.

Well them my answer to that is that why isn't tobacco or alcohol prohibited? The reason behind that is because tobacco and alcohol companies are the ones funding Political campaigns. Fishy huh?

Marijuana is a drug, you can become addicted.

The drug itself is not addictive, it's the humans personality that is addictive. You can't say that a drug itself, without outside help, causes a person to abuse it.

Marijuana could cause someone to snap out of control.

Again, thats a personality, if it wasn't marijuana it would likely be something else with in the near future, there would be no avoiding it.

Marijuana causes people to act a different way, or turn into something they shouldn't be.

It's the way the person is, and how sneaky they are trying to be. The way the government works is that they are willing to spend millions, or even billions of tax payers money on propaganda for a drug free America. They are also spending millions on law enforcement when they could be spending that money on crimes of greater cause. Have you ever wondered why the court system is so backed up? It's for simple cases of possession of a dangerous substance. Please, give me evidence that marijuana is more harmful than tobacco.

Marijuana will lead to more harmful drugs.

Bullsh.t. Ever heard of peer pressure? Some people don't have that much self esteem that they think they are cool when they say yes to anything. It's your own personality. So if you see any statistic that says that marijuana is a gateway drug, think of how many people are just saying yes because they think they are cool. I remember when I first smoked cannabis, I actually went out and found it myself, no encouragement from friends or anybody. So don't give me that sh.t.

Tell me what you think of this essay.


Marijuana Documentaries

In Pot We Trust (Watch 1-9)


The Color Green


Marijuana Vs. Alcohol


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If you're trying to convince her don't you want to show her your sources?
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Well put out.

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I have showed her. She tried to find actual evidence that cannabis is more harmful than tobacco, no luck yet.


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It looked good.
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I have showed her. She tried to find actual evidence that cannabis is more harmful than tobacco, no luck yet.
hahaha show her the death rates between tobacco and weed.
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your mom still isn;t going to be pro-weed.
no matter how well you write your essay, or how good your argument is


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She understands now actually. She is a little more cool with it because my dad used to run around with my best friends dad and smoke together.


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If she is that worried tell her you will tell her when you do it and she can watch you.
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Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp and marijuana.

Oh, and if your mother wants proof of the difference between cannabis and tobacco; cannabis hasn't killed anyone in its past 12,000 years of use. Tobacco is responsible for 1 in 5 cancer deaths worldwide.
 

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