Legalization of Marijuana

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Did you know that marijuana is the third most popular drug and has been used by over 100 million Americans? According to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa. Many people know someone who has experienced marijuana or currently uses it for recreational purposes. Over the last several years, marijuana has been one of the most popular issues in civil liberties today. Should it be used for only medical reasons or ban it all together? Marijuana should be used for medicinal purposes, because it is beneficial to the human health and economy. Marijuana has been used as early as 2737 B.C. in the country of China, where marijuana was used as a treatment in the form of tea. It treated many illnesses such as gout, malaria, rheumatism and bad memory according to Emperor Shen Neng of China. When how useful it was got out, it rapidly spread in sections such as Asia, the Middle East, parts of Africa, and even India used it for religious purposes. Marijuana was a well-known medicine that physicians prescribed often. They would prescribe it for just about everything from earaches and for giving child birth By the late 18th century, American medical journals said that hemp seeds and roots could treat many illnesses including inflamed skin and venereal diseases. An Irish doctor, William O’Shaughnessy was the first doctor to make medical marijuana famous. He also discovered that it was helpful for nausea, rabies, cholera and etc. The positivity of marijuana changed at the end of the 19th century, when approximately 3.5% of the U.S. population became addicted to morphine. In 1906 the government put in action the Pure Fo... ... middle of paper ... ... Annually.” HuffingtonPost. 20 April 2013. Web. 19 Nov 2013. Freeman, Shanna. “Wellness.” Discovery Fit and Health N.p., Web. 19 Nov 2013 Joffe, Alain, and W. Samuel Yancy. "Legalization of Marijuana: Potential Impact on Youth." Pediatrics 113.6 (2004): e632-e638. Academic Search Premier. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. Johnson, Albert T. Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Use. New York, NY: Nova Science, 2009. Print. "Legalization of Marijuana." Legalize Marijuana Legal Weed Marijuana Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. . Ruschmann, Paul. Legalizing Marijuana. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2004. Print. Stack, Patrick and Suddath, Claire. “Medical Marijuana.” Time. 21 Oct 2009. Web. 19 Nov 2013. “WeGrow Store.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 25 Aug 2013. Web. 21 Nov 2013.

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