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Persuasive Speech Outline Did you know that marijuana is the most frequently used drug in the United States According to the National Institute on Drug Use sixty-nine million Americans over the age of twelve have tried marijuana at least once The average age of trying marijuana was fourteen years old A Now as you all know marijuana is illegal So therefore if you get caught smoking growing selling or trafficking marijuana you go to jail or even sometimes prison The majority of the two million US prisoners that are incarcerated are due to drugs In other words we have to build more prisons and jails to hold the real criminals because the majority of the prisons are full with drug offenders BThe money that it takes to house these potheads build these prisons and pay for the staff to baby-sit them is coming out of our pockets - the working taxpayers CAn enormous amount of money is being spent each year on incarcerating non-violent and otherwise law-abiding citizens Not including the money spent on prison management and construction The DEA now spends 13 billion a year fighting marijuana Overall federal anti-marijuana efforts have cost taxpayers 30 billion The result 2 billion worth of cannabis being seized and destroyed 4 million people being arrested and 250000 individuals being jailed for more than one year - but no basic change in usage patterns from the 1960s Is it worth it DOur taxes are being raised for marijuana users when that money could be used to build schools playgrounds and facilities that could be used for our families to benefit from instead of housing potheads III A Putting a pothead in jail for a marijuana crime creating a felon who harms no one but his own health imposes no threat to society makes it close to impossible for him or her to then assimilate in society and be productive It disrupts family and creates enormous costs
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