This medication has been outlawed by the government since 1990 as a Schedule I illegal drug because it was said to be harmful and addictive (Issues). Little did the government know the full beneficial potential that medical marijuana possess and all of the positive outcomes that this medication can bring (Issues). This plant has a bright future in healthcare and it deserves to be given a fair chance in the medical field. Many known statistics along with a large amount of scie... ... middle of paper ... ...s. 05 Nov. 2013: D7. eLibrary Science.
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Marijuana is one of the hundreds of drugs that holds Americans in the bondage of addiction and causes harm to their health and well-being. Marijuana comes from the hemp plant called cannabis sativa and is the most commonly used illegal drug in the U.S. (Goldberg). Although marijuana has mostly been used as a drug to get high, physicians have recently discovered that marijuana can treat the symptoms of cancer and multiple sclerosis, relieve pain, and treat many minor ailments. Because of the rare healing effects of this drug, many states are working to legalize medical marijuana in their state, but there is much controversy over whether or not medical marijuana should be legalized. Although medical marijuana has been proven to relieve pain and treat the symptoms of many life-threatening illnesses, the harmful side effects, the possibility of addiction and Americans untrustworthiness causes medical marijuana to be an implausible healing agent.
However, it should be up to each individual to decide if he/she wants to use marijuana whether it is for pleasure or for therapeutic reasons. The legalization of marijuana has been strongly debated since the 1920s and 1930s, when it was first recognized as a dangerous drug, and tabloid newspapers popularized exaggerated stories of violent crimes allegedly committed by immigrants intoxicated by marijuana (Grinspoon, Marihuana Reconsidered 118). In 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act was signed to prohibit the use of marijuana because marijuana supposedly caused violent crimes, “sexual excess,” addiction, and led to the use of harder drugs (Grinspoon, Marihuana Reconsidered 118). In the 1970s, the government created the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study the effects of marijuana (Weir 26). The NIDA published many claims concerning marijuana use, but they did not have evidence to support their claims (Weir 26).
Since the outlaw of marijuana for all purposes in 1937, we have been socially, environmentally, and economically suffering. Many are unaware that our use of cannabis as fiber, fuel, and paper could solve a lot of these problems we face today. The outlaw of marijuana reveals a lot of racism and hyste... ... middle of paper ... ... 12 Oct. 2013. Gerber, Rudolph J. Legalizing Marijuana: Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004.
Marijuana Essay It has been a discussion for decades, is the cost of fighting marijuana use worth the cost to tax payers and society? Like all drugs there are health effects to the people using Marijuana and those having to be around the smoke. Unlike other drugs marijuana seems to render its users well, useless. The long debates over legalizing marijuana have ebbed and flowed from not legalizing because it’s a gateway drug to legalizing to make it less desirable and of course the tax revenue it would bring in. Colorado and Washington both decided to legalize marijuana for recreational use and the country has been engrossed in how it will play out.
Many believe that marijuana is a gateway drug but false facts and naive people create false hope for those who truly know what cannabis can do to the mind.Medical cannabis for centuries has been used for its soothing and hallucinogenic qualities. With so many states that have already legalized marijuana for medical use, the positives of this mind changing plant have altered peoples opinions and should now lead to its legalization throughout every state. From 1900 to 1940 marijuana, opium and cocaine were considered everyday drugs. After the United States outlawed both opium and cocaine,the United States government became very strict on their cannabis laws and it soon became frowned upon. Around the 90’s and early 2000s scientist began to discover that marijuana can significantly help people that became ill.Medicinal marijuana has been tested to help people with many forms of disease such as cancer, AIDs, cataract and severe depression.
They were kept in custody for having possession of the drug (Decriminalizing). Between 60,000- 85,000 people of those 782,000 arrested were put in prison (Decriminalizing). Marijuana should not become decriminalized for many reasons. Some of the reasons include that it doesn’t meet classification standards to be a legal or illegal drug for medical purposes and people aren’t using the drug for the right reasons. Marijuana used to be legal in the mid-1930s, “until the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed by Congress” (Drug Legalization) .