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Speech on the Legalization of Marijuana Mary Jane Herb Buds Chronic Reefer Ganja Charas Sens Boom Buddha Dope Weed Pot All of these names describe one thing marijuana Over the years this plant has acquired many names and uses At this time in the United States marijuana is an illegal drug with numerous users and is widely available for a price Many users speak of the benefits of smoking marijuana and want to get it legalized for that purpose My name is Dr ------------ and I am the President of NORML--The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Our sole purpose is to first legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes so that research can tell us exactly what kind of a drug this is and how the drug works in the human body This research will enable the medicinal marijuana to be available for the public for general purposes Having heard that water is at least ten thousand years old one can say that marijuana is as old as water because tens of thousands of years ago ancient people first used this green plant for food Then it was discovered that the plant sometimes called hemp produces fibers used to make rope cloth roofing materials and floor coverings Monroe 11 Only in more recent times have people learned of this plants benefits when it is smoked Pot has been smoked since the 1960s because of the effects it causes When smoked marijuana alters brain functions causing the person to experience the ultimate euphoric feeling This is the main reason that patients with chronic illnesses who are suffering a great deal of pain smoke marijuana The pain relief comes within minutes of smoking pot whereas prescription painkillers can take up to 45 minutes to take effect Monroe 4 Marijuana like any other drug is not harmless Probably the most dangerous effect of making marijuana is potential lung damage This is because marijuana cigarettes contain
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