The Magical Herbs Of Life Essay Research

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The Magical Herbs Of Life Essay, Research Paper The Magical Green Herbs of Life Imagine this, you are a 70-year-old man/women lying in your deathbed. Your destiny is foreseeable, and you know you will soon die. All your life you have had to deal with the emotional pains of life, and now in the last few weeks of your life, you feel every part of your body aching, your AIDS has gotten worse, you hardly have enough energy to hold up your head. Alas, you realize there is an escape, that magical herb that puts the pain to sleep. Marijuana could help you, too bad its illegal though. Your going to die soon and you just want to be in peace before you go, but you couldn?t possibly want to break the law, after all marijuana is…. is … Well there must be something that pushes it to

prohibition. Well to bad, you could have enjoyed your last few weeks on earth in peace, but I guess not. Marijuana prohibition unjustly puts law-abiding citizens in jail, increases taxes, and further more aggravates the sick. When marijuana is enjoyed responsibly, subjecting users to harsh criminal and civil offences provides no public benefit and causes injustice. Some ten million Americans and 6 million Canadians smoke marijuana regularly. Millions more use it occasionally. Some people use marijuana as a medicine while others to, ?Party?. But between these two poles are many other uses and effects that might be described as enhancing, therapeutic, exploratory, and so on. All this controversy lies on sixty years of a prohibitive atmosphere, which has surrounded the medical use,

of this wonderful, natural herb. Marijuana prohibition disproportionately impacts minorities. According to the government statistics Blacks and Hispanics are over-represented in bot the number of arrests and the number of incarcerations due to marijuana use. Blacks and Hispanics make up 20% of the marijuana users in Canada, yet they make up 58% of the offenders who are sentenced under federal law for the use. Nonviolent offenders often receive longer prison sentences than those of violent offenders. By stubbornly defining all marijuana smokers as criminal, including people who smoke in the privacy of their own home, we are wasting police time, and court resources, we are filling costly and scarce jail and prison space and needlessly wrecking the lives and careers of genuinely

good citizens. Every time a marijuana arrest occurs, two police officers are taken off the street for several hours to prepare the paperwork and process the defendant. If one assumes that there are 600 000 marijuana arrests, than this means that marijuana prohibition costs law enforcement a minimum of 2 400 000 man-hours annually. These hours could be better spent targeting violent crimes. Marijuana smokers are no different than their non-smoking peers, except for the fact that they use marijuana. Like most they are responsible citizens who work hard, raise families, contribute to their communities, and want to live in, safe, crime free neighborhoods. They are otherwise law-abiding citizens who live in fear of arrest and imprisonment solely because they choose to smoke marijuana

for relaxation instead of drinking alcohol. A 1982 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on marijuana reaffirmed that criminal justice approaches were inappropriate and harmful. It recommended not only that marijuana possession be decriminalized, but that lawmakers give serious consideration to creating a system of regulated distribution and sale. Law enforcement arrested over 450 000 Canadians for violating marijuana laws that year. William Foster of Oklahoma was sentenced to 93 years in jail in January 1997 for growing 10 medium-sized marijuana plants and 56 clones (Cuttings from another plant planted in soil) in a 35-square-foot underground shelter. Foster maintains that he grew marijuana to alleviate the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Federal laws prohibiting marijuana are