Hemp, also known as Cannabis Sativa L, has been used in our country since the early 17th century (Schreiber 160). Although hemp is considered an illegal drug, many people forget that it is a part of our country’s history. Despite its negative connotations, hemp has the potential to revolutionize the paper, cotton, and fuel industries. Its long fibers can be weaved with others to make stronger clothing, while its pulp can be used to make stronger paper. It has been known as an important resource for thousands of years, and in the future, perhaps it will be again.
People have cultivated cannabis since the 3rd millennium BCE, so why make it illegal now? Hemp can create clothes, paper, and other things built from fibers; whereas, cannabis contributes to a stress reliever and other medicinal benefits. The marijuana plant has proven itself one of the most controversial crops on the planet. This plant could cure many different types of cancer, get the American economy out of a depression, and even make America the best country in the world again, so the U.S. government should seriously consider legalizing the marijuana plant.
Marijuana as of right now is an illegal narcotic still but with its physical, psychological, spiritual, and predominantly medical benefits, it should be legalized. Marijuana is one of the oldest plants to be cultivated. The first people that knew of the possible healing properties found in marijuana, were the Chinese. Roughly five thousand years ago, the people of Central Asia began cultivating the plant for its oil and fiber. The United States was introduced to marijuana in the 16th century.
Hemp was actually discovered before cotton, so many clothes and blankets were made out of it. Going back to ancient times, many Egyptian mummies were found to have very high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in their system, which is a psychoactive drug produced by the cannabis plant. Marijuana was used in these times as a medicine and pain reliever and had no recorded deaths and helped thousands of patients. The practice and usage of Marijuana was not illegal in the United States the late 1930’s due to the fact that it was seen as an unsafe drug. Conversely, many places around the world that have legalized marijuana, have not had any marijuana related casualties or problems.
Also many more health issues could arise from legalizing marijuana. It is hard to show marijuana is whether or not marijuana is harmful or not because detailed studies have not been performed on long-term smokers, even though it’s been used all throughout history on just about every continent. Nobody may ever know the real effects and advantages of marijuana until years and years later in the future. Which is why marijuana is a big controversial topic because of its history and the pros and cons of legalizing it.
Smoking marijuana also became more popular during Prohibition when more people began cultivation of the plant and importing it into the U.S. to replace alcohol (Doweiko, 2002). In 1942, marijuana was removed from the United States Pharacopoeia and the Federal Government began to criminalize non-medicinal marijuana possession and use (Carter et al., 2003). Marijuana became extremely popular in the 1960's and, today, is considered the most widely used illicit drug in the world, Canada, and the United States (Gettman, 1995). Pharmacology and Chemistry of Marijuana Cannabis is known to contain over 400 chemicals in which about 70 are classified as plant cannabinoids. The human body produces naturally occurring cannabinoids.
However, marijuana is still considered an illegal drug in most states in the United States. Marijuana usage may have been common 20-30 years ago, but it really isn’t any longer. Judy Foreman states that a hardy band of activists seeking legislative approval of perennial bill that would bring Massachusetts in line with 34 other states in letting patients with certain conditions smoke marijuana (1). 2 What was known, as the “wicked weed” of the sixties can be good medicine . Marijuana certainly seems safer than may other drugs, even aspirin that causes gastrointestinal bleeding, killing hundreds of people every year (Grinspoon/Bakalar 4).3 There are lots of drugs American society does not let people use except under doctor’s care, for instance, cocaine, Demerol, est.
Marijuana has been used for both recreational and medical reasons since approximately 2737 BC. Narconon states, “The first direct reference to a cannabis product as a psychoactive agent dates from 2737 BC, in the writings of the Chinese emperor Shen Nung.” However, its properties were deemed more useful to help medically and ailments of the mind and body. The use of cannabis and marijuana have been used centuries before our time, however, when the criminalization of marijuana became a prevalent issue after the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900’s, crime rates started to sky rocket. The demonization of marijuana is impractical and unnecessary. Cannabis should be legalized in all fifty states for both medical applications and recreational
Marijuana has been used throughout the world for centuries by almost every culture. The active ingredient in marijuana is called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. It is smoked in a pipe or rolled in a cigarette or it is eaten (www.nida.nih.gov). I don´t have a straight opinion whether marijuana should be legalized or not. However, although legalization of this drug has many disadvantages, I think that marijuana should be legalized for several reasons: it would cause the fall of the black market, the government might control it and the most important reason to legalize marijuana is because of its medical effects.
Marijuana is at the forefront of many conversations due to the recent controversial legislation decriminalizing recreational use. However, marijuana has always been a topic of interest in American culture, whether it’s medical uses, recreational use, or just a cheap material to make products. Throughout American history there have been many different public opinions about marijuana; some very formulated and some a little ridiculous. Prior to 1900 hemp was used mainly as a building material in America. People used the dried stems of the marijuana plant to make things such as rope, sails and even clothing.