Alcohol consumption results in 80,000 deaths while tobacco smoking results in 440,000 deaths each year. According to the British medical journal, The Lancet, marijuana is less threatening as opposed to alcohol and tobacco, and moderate indulgence in the drug may not have many adverse effects on the individual. Evidence has shown that marijuana has medical benefits for easing pain in illnesses such as AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, etc. The author mentions that the American Declaration of Independence proclaims that individuals have “self-evident” and “unalienable right” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Furthermore, the “war on drugs” campaign cost about $45 billion drawn from the tax payers’ wallets, all of which went vain thereby criminalizing the usage of the drug and marijuana users (Walter, 1-4).
The writer impactfully employs ethical rhetoric to enhance personal credibility. This is established through the use of personal accounts of his experience with marijuana usage to appeal his readers. He explains how his personal experience of smoking marijuana was pleasurable, although illusory, with no negative effects on health or grades. He goes on to explain the medical benefits of the drug can be realized by considering the case of the author’s brother-in-law who smoked marijuana to relieve him from nauseous symptoms caused by chemotherapy.
The author provides several backings or supportive text such as statistics from Rasmussen poll and Gallop poll, references to the British medical journal, The Lancet, extracts from the American Declaration of Independence and references to Jeffrey Miron’s study title, “The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition” (Walter, 4).
The author advocates free choice as laid down in the American Declaration of Independence. Regarding the medical dimension of marijuana usage, the author uses ethical rhetoric to put forth the argument that