Essay on Legalizing Marijuana-Persuasive Outline
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Persuasive Speech Outline
Purpose: To persuade my audience to: support the legalization of marijuana, because of it being able to provide many medical as well as economic benefits for the United States if legalized.
Thesis Statement: Marijuana has been regarded as a harmful plant that can endanger lives and is thought to be nothing more than an extra problem to be dealt with in today’s society. However, based on its economic value and medical benefits, the cannabis has proven to outweigh its negatives with numerous other positives.
Organizational Pattern: Topical
Introduction: I. Getting Audience Attention A. In 2008, an estimated 11,800 people died in drunk driving accidents…show more content…
Cannabis can treat migraines! (report in California that more than 300,000 cases of migraines solved with the use of marijuana) B. The American Association of Cancer Research has found that marijuana can slow down tumor growth in the lungs, breasts, and brain considerably. C. Marijuana can help treat symptoms of chronic disease as well as other things such as glaucoma. It can also prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
III. Economic Benefits A. Many prisons are filled with people involved with the use of marijuana whether for its medical benefits or as a recreational drug. If marijuana were legalized, it could be taxed in accordance to other regulated products such as tobacco and alcohol. B. This would not only add more revenue, but also provide thousands of jobs to those unemployed which would of course greatly benefit the overall US/Global economy.
IV. Negative Aspects (Positives outnumber Negatives!!) A. Risks include increased risk of developing lung infections and lung cancer, coughing, and obstruction of air passages. It also may impair concentration and coordination but only if used in negative-intended/harmful ways. B. Long-term use of marijuana may lead to short-term memory loss and minor brain disorders after the drug has been metabolized. C. Another reason why many people are supportive of the marijuana remaining illegal is because of the addictive potential it can have on people.
Medical Marijuana Legalization of MedicalView Full EssayWords: 2800Length: 11 PagesDocument Type: EssayPaper #: 88248703
Although the decision does not invalidate laws in the 11 states that have approved medical marijuana, it does prevent protection from prosecution of users and doctors who prescribe the drug (Henderson).
The 11 states that have legalized medical marijuana use include Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and ashington (Medical). Eight states did so through the initiative process, while Hawaii's law was enacted by the legislature and signed by the governor in 2000. Vermont's law was enacted by the legislature and passed without signature in 2004, while Rhode Island's law was enacted by overriding the governor's veto in January 2006 (Medical). From 1978 to 1997, 35 states and the District of Columbia passed legislation recognizing the medicinal value of marijuana. These states include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New…… [Read More]
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Henderson, Stephen. "Court loss for medical marijuana: Users in the 11 states that allow it can still face federal prosecution, justices ruled by 6-3, while not invalidating laws in those states." The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 07, 2005. Retrieved July 26, 2006 from HighBeam Research Library.
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