Essay on Marijuana Speech

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Majoint,, spliff , blunt, dub, L, ganja, grass, pot, bud, and mary jane. Now, why are these words thought to be "bad". Why are we taught from such a young age that marijuana is bad. Why are we able to go into any store and buy tobacco, which kills 400,000 people annually; alcohol, which kills 100,000 people annually; and caffeine, which kills 2,000 people annually. According to the New England Journal of medicine, you would have to smoke 1500 pounds of marijuana in under 15 minutes to OD. Marijuana was prohibited in 1937, but marijuana prohibition isn’t working. Today between 95 and 100 million Americans admit to having tried it and nearly 15 million have used it within the past month. Some people believe that marijuana is …show more content…
This came from an experiment that was conducted in 1974 called the “Dr. Heath/Tulane Study.” Researchers used monkeys as subjects, and determined brain damage by counting the amount of dead brain cells after being pumped with thirty joints a day for ninety days. They then compared the results to the monkeys that were receiving no treatment. The study became the foundation of the government and other special interest groups. They claimed that marijuana kills brain cells. Here’s what they didn’t tell you: instead of administering thirty joints a day, Dr. Heath used a method of pumping sixty three Columbian strength joints through a gas mask within five minutes over three months.So what they did was suffocate the monkeys, and this is what caused the brain cells to die out slowly. . Whether or not to legalize marijuana has been a nation wide debate for years. The biggest concern on everyone’s mind is that of health risks. Most people feel that it is in the best interest of the nation for marijuana to remain illegal. Marijuana Legalization Organization states that that is not entirely true. In their opinion, as with anything taken in excess, marijuana is only harmful to those who choose to use it. The example used in MLO is that of an excess amount of unhealthy food. “[N]umerous studies have shown that foods with a lot of cholesterol and fat are unhealthy. Should we outlaw bacon?”(MLO) The thought is that instead we need to educate individuals and let people make their