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Say the word marijuana and people immediately associate it with something crime druggies lack of motivation or other negative connotations For far too long in American culture millions have believed propaganda about marijuana spread by the government without ever educating themselves Marijuana which comes from the cannabis plant is not nearly as harmful as it has been made out to be Opponents scream that smoking pot kills brain cells and gives cancer to users Alcohol kills brain cells is an addictive drug and is legal Tobacco gives cancer to users is an addictive drug and is legal Pot smokers are often stereotyped as being unmotivated burned out failures despite many avid users from all avenues of life Success depends on the individual not the hobby in which they indulge Furthermore many events including movies music and even sex can be enhanced through the euphoric feeling attained by smoking cannabis Essentially smoking marijuana is a victimless crime that enhances everyday activities without hindering personal successes Marijuana when inhaled gives the user a euphoric feeling which includes an altered perception of time and distance intensified sensory experiences and increased laughter Ironically euphoric is defined as a greater state of happiness and stems from the Latin word euphoros meaning healthy It was legal in this country until 1937 when the government passed the Marijuana Tax Act which required tax stamps to obtain marijuana that were never supplied The government feared that cannabis would compete with newly invented synthetic fiber and thus they began spreading negative propaganda about marijuana Because of this propaganda peopl associate marijuana with harsher illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin However it is important to separate marijuana from this group Marijuana is naturally grown harvested dried and smoked much like tobacco Cocaine and heroin need hours of work to become useable including chemical alteration In addition studies have shown that about eighty-five percent of marijuana users have never tried cocaine while
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