Free write Marijuana legalization speech

Although the debate on whether marijuana should be legalized or not continues and people debate the pros and the cons, multiple states have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes, while two states have even legalized marijuana for recreational use. Twenty states and Washington, DC have legalized marijuana for certain medical reasons with California being first to legalize medical marijuana in proposition 215 in 1996. Reasons for this legalization vary, as marijuana can be used from pain relief to appetite stimulation. It is also sometimes used for relieving some of the symptoms of HIV/AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and multiple sclerosis.
Two states, Washington and Colorado, have even legalized marijuana for recreational use. Colorado’s amendment states that among other things, marijuana is only legal for persons 21 years of age and older, and individuals are required to show proof of age. The amendment also states that selling to minors is illegal as is driving under the influence of the drug. Basically, marijuana is to be treated similar to alcohol, and is even taxed in the same way.
Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana for adults for several purposes. Washington’s initiative to legalize marijuana focuses on reasons being so that law enforcement could focus on other more violent crimes, as well as property crimes. Legalizing marijuana would supposedly generate new state and local tax revenue to help support education, healthcare, research, and other areas in need of funding. Also it would be under a controlled system and be tightly regulated instead of being in the hands of illegal drug organizations.
However, even as the states may legalize marijuana, the drug will remain illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act and is an offense under Federal law. This is because he raw marijuana plant, which contains nearly 500 different chemical compounds, has not met the safety and usefulness standards of the FDA. According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), “smoking marijuana is an unsafe delivery system that produces harmful effects.” Whitehouse.gov also says, however, that “The FDA has recognized and approved the medicinal use of isolated components of the marijuana plant.”

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