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             Hemp is the plant called "cannabis sativa" which is more commonly called marijuana.
             Marijuana has been illegal in the U.S. ever since the Great Depression. The question we .
             must ask ourselves is "why?" Why is a drug that has so many beneficial uses illegal? Is it .
             because its poisoning the youth of today? Is it because it leads to harder drugs, the health .
             problems, the addictiveness, the short-term memory impairment, the auto accidents, or is .
             it simply because politicians tell us it is for "our own good?" We have grown up learning .
             that marijuana is a terrible drug, and that using it gives us brain damage, kill all of our .
             brain cells, and makes us lose our memory. The fact is though, that marijuana does not .
             effect us in any of the ways listed above. The idea that marijuana impairs short-term .
             memory is true, but misleading. Any signs of short-term memory impairment vanish once .
             the user is no longer intoxicated. Mainly the reason we think marijuana is bad is because .
             that is what the Partnership for a Drug-Free America wants us to believe. They tell us that .
             marijuana will cause brain damage and memory impairment, it will kill brain cells, and .
             lead to more crime. But what they forget to mention is all the benefits we can receive .
             from legalizing marijuana. For example, the medicinal uses, and the textile and .
             construction uses. It is very likely that legalizing marijuana would decrease the crime .
             rate, and by legalizing marijuana we will save a lot of money because we won't have to .
             spend it on fighting marijuana as part of the War on Drugs. There are many habits much .
             worse than marijuana, one example being cigarette smoking. "Tobacco smoking kills .
             more people each year than AIDS, heroin, crack, cocaine, alcohol, car accidents, fire and .
             murder combined. Tobacco smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the .
             US. Tobacco smokers have 10 times the lung cancer of nonsmokers, twice the heart .

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