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Marijuana: Not Just Another Illegal Substance
Louisa Verhaart

I. Even though it is illegal, marijuana is not the drug people think it is.
A. What is marijuana and how do people use it?
1. Marijuana is a drug that’s active ingredient is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and is cut and dried from the plant known as cannabis.
2. The most common way to use marijuana is to smoke it by rolling it into a cigarette paper (a joint) or the outside of a cigar (a blunt).
B. Marijuana has been illegal for decades now, but why is it illegal?
1. A big part of why marijuana is illegal is because it is considered an addicting drug and when the law was passed most people didn’t have the right information about this drug.
2. Marijuana was made federally illegal in the United States in 1937 by the Marihuana Tax Act.

II. There are a lot of myths about using marijuana that are not true.
A. Parents tell their kids that marijuana kills brain cells.
1. No medical test that has been used to show brain damage in people has found that marijuana kills brain cells.
2. Supporting example 2 in a complete sentence.
B. Using marijuana while pregnant can cause developmental problems and birth defects.
1. Test were ran on newborns to older kids, no results came back that there was any developmental problems.
2. Older kids of prenatal users and nonusers were tested and only small differences were found with some results better than others.

III. Marijuana can help with some medical problems.
A. Smoking marijuana helps chemo patients to keep their weight at a healthy level.
1. Smoking marijuana helps chemo patients keep an appetite due to the THC content.
2. The THC in marijuana also reduces nausea and vomiting in chemo patients.
B. Marijuana can be useful to treat chronic pain.
1. Marijuana has some side effects that can be considered useful in some pain situations.…...

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