... In fact in a 1990 survey, 44% of oncologist said they had suggested that a patient smoke marijuana for relief of nausea induced by chemotherapy." (Bakalar and Grinspoon 1875) And many tim... ... middle of paper ... ...y the general public of just how many uses and advantages marijuana can bring man. From its industrial hemp, to its medicinal relief this plant has barely scratched the surface and has hardly been used to its full potential. As long as the U.S has narrow-minded politicians marijuana will never have a real shot to prove whether it can be a wonder drug/textile that many informed, rational persons envision it to be.
“Ben Franklin started one of the first paper mills with cannabis hemp thus freeing us from dependence on paper or books from England” (harbay.net 1). The declaration of independence was written on hemp paper. Marijuana or hemp can be used for many other things including fuel, paper, plastic, and plastic paint. In the early 1900’s Ford built a car made from hemp. This car was much strong than steel and cheaper to make.
Despite the coffee house atmosphere at the Cannabis Buyers’ Club marijuana remains illegal. Although some ch... ... middle of paper ... ...ting a combined total of almost 10,000 physicians statewide endorse the proposition (Don’t Jail Med 5).9 What can we do to help? We must stop building prisons instead we must rebuild our lives. Works Cited 1. Mikki, Norris, and Chris Conrad.
In these southern states hemp was used as a rotation crop between tobacco crops as well as other crops. Thomas Jefferson even wrote in his own writings that, “Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.” Jefferson's theories can offer thought on the hemp ban being lifted during World War II because the crop was needed for industrial products. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) produced a film called “Hemp for Victory” to promote farmers to grow hemp in order to supply a need for rope and clothing in 1942 for the war. The promotion of hemp led to 400,000 acres “grown” into production all over the United States proving that the crop is profitable to farmers. But, as soon as WWII ended hemp went back to the ban of 1937.
The government enacted stiff penalties on most marijuana offenses, even simple possession (Bonnie 1). Marijuana possession became a felony in most states, until 1973, when Oregon became the first state to decriminalize marijuana. Since then the government has began to take a non-criminal approach towards discouraging marijuana use (Bonnie 1). Escalating marijuana consumption and its penetration in all levels of society, has forced every state to amend its penalties in some fashion or another (Bonnie 1). Today, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington have joined Oregon by decriminalizing marijuana (Central News Network).
The original Levi jeans were fashioned out of hemp fibers. And even the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were written on hemp paper (“Get The Scoop”). In fact, hemp was one of the largest produced crops in the US until it’s demise in 1937 under the Marihuana Tax Act. This act of congress was aimed at Americas newest enemy, marijuana or cannabis sativa C, but the bill also criminalized the cultivation of marijuana’s cousin cannabis sativa L, commonly referred to as hemp. Hemp had one more day in the spot light in 1942 when it was called into battle in World War II under a flag that read “Hemp for victory” (“About”).
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.
So although illegal, industrial hemp is probably the most inexpensive and obvious response to energy crisis, deforestation, health problems, and landfills. If America legalized the miracle plant the government could create jobs and more advancements in the world of science and medicine. Being that America is one of the only countries in the world not growing the plant there is obviously a problem because most countries seem better off in their economy and they have no problems with the hemp in correlation to drug use. Hawaii had a permit to grow hemp over forty years ago but was never renewed due to DEA regulations. The cultivation of the plant has little cons and would be very beneficial not only to the economy but to the overall health of Americans.
and James B. Bakalar note "most botanists agree that there are three species of marijuana; Cannabis sativa, the most widespread of the three, is tall, gangly, and loosely branched, growing as high as twenty feet; Cannabis indica is shorter, about three or four feet in height, pyramidal in shape and densely bran... ... middle of paper ... ... the medical value. It should be used by those people whose last alternative for relief is marijuana. These people who are ill should not be punished by suffering. Prescription drugs are not to be taken unless prescribed by a doctor. So in fact, we are not legalizing a drug, only introducing a new weapon for fighting illnesses.
People used the dried stems of the marijuana plant to make things such as rope, sails and even clothing. It was such a main cash crop in Virgin that in 1619 their state government passed legislation requiring every farmer to grow hemp. Much later, during the civil war the union government paid its farmers to grow hemp so it could be used for wartime supplies; at that time it was completely legal, and not uncommon, to see acres of marijuana plants growing in farmers’ fields. The many practical uses in American history were overshadowed in the early 1900 upon the introduction of marijuana’s recreational uses. The battle between the practical and the recreational uses of the plant resulted in many different public opinions throughout the decades.