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  1. Introduction
  2. Myths and the domination of beliefs due to propaganda
  3. The war on marijuana
  4. The legalization of marijuana and hemp
  5. Conclusion
  6. Works cited

In recent news, Polner writes ?Linden Corrica lost his freedom and his life in New York over $10 worth of marijuana.? Corrica is an immigrant who lived in New York with his wife and kids. He was one day caught with a small ten dollar bag of marijuana, and pleaded guilty. He spent 20 days in jail, which wasn't terrible. However, when he got out, he was sent to the immigration center and was to be deported away from his family. Corrica is not the only one to lose so much over so little. People are constantly being arrested, fined and reported for using marijuana. This is because of the current war on drugs. There is a strong anti-marijuana stigma, which dates back to the early 1900s. The stigma is backed by twisted statistics, faulty scientific evidence and propaganda. The anti-drug war is fueled efficiently in this way. The drug is not yet legal because it would create competition for large businesses and it is still considered dangerous. Marijuana and Hemp, the plant from which it is derived, should be legalized because it is a relatively harmless drug, an effective medication and would be beneficial to the economy.

[...] Thus, Anslinger fought a problem that he created, and profited from it. Because of Anslinger's propaganda, the public developed a negative, biased and largely inaccurate view of marijuana, which set them up for future prejudice. Due to his success, others followed in his footsteps and continued to use propaganda to fuel a war on marijuana. Anslinger was the first of the Drug Czars. After him, the war on marijuana continued, and the anti-marijuana sentiment grew. Today, the government is constantly arresting people for possession and is trying to blockade imports. [...]

[...] is no evidence showing that marijuana impairs cognition, or other forms of memory. Zimmer also describes that vast majority of marijuana users do not commit crimes other than the crime of possessing marijuana? Thus, contrary to popular belief, marijuana is not an addictive substance and it is minimally detrimental to one's health. To prevent this information from making the public believe marijuana is relatively harmless, the government slurs the truth and puts influential information in commercials and on the internet to shape the public's beliefs. [...]

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