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Donovan Kessler Anderson 11-29-00 Term Paper A huge amount of Americans are currently being arrested and sentenced for defying an unjustly created law These Americans suffer from overly harsh penalties and may even be sentenced to death just for relaxing in ways similar to how many Americans drink a beer to relax The current excuse from government officials for keeping marijuana illegal is that it leads to the use of harder drugs which is a lie Something needs to be done to protect otherwise innocent Americans from being persecuted under an unjust law Marijuana has been primarily cultivated in America for its fiber content for about four hundred years and its cultivation had continued as an agricultural staple up until the turn of the twentieth century It wasnt until the 1920s and 30s that marijuana came to be recognized for its intoxicating effects as a drug Throughout the twenties and thirties marijuana use was primarily associated with Mexican-American immigrant workers and African-American jazz musicians Marijuanas new use as a drug became the turning point where marijuana was no longer a cash crop but instead became known as The Devils Weed In 1930 the Federal Bureau of Narcotics FBN was formed in order to combat the new terror swarming America and in conjunction with Hollywood and tabloid newspapers misinformation about marijuana was spread nationwide Exaggerated accounts of violent crime caused by marijuana became popular such as one bulletin by the FBN that reported a marijuana user becomes a fiend with savage or caveman tendencies His sex desires are aroused and some of the most horrible crimes result He hears light and sees sound To get away from it he suddenly becomes violent and may killNORML Most real and accurate accounts of marijuana use are quite different than the ones portrayed by the FBN A sense of euphoria relaxation and laziness is what tends to happen to a marijuana user rather than turning into an insane
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