No To Legalization Of Marijuana

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;What is marijuana? According to Harvard Medical Professor Lester

Grinspoon, it is a "miracle drug", one that prevents blindness, acts as an

appetite stimulant for AIDS patients, and prevents muscle spasms in epileptics.

When speaking of the same plant, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics for

over thirty years, Harry J. Anslinger said that this "evil weed" led to killings,

sex crimes and insanity. How can two such highly respected experts have such

night and day outlooks on the same thing? While Anslinger presided as America's

leading anti-drug official his McCarthyish hunt down of Marijuana users led to

the downfall of many well respected Americans. During the 1900's the United

Stated has committed itself to and unprecedented war on marijuana that is costly,

unjustified and impossible to win.

The topic of Marijuana is quite broad. It encompasses history,

legislation, and the benefits as well as the harms of the plant itself.

Marijuana is the name of the plant known to botanists as Cannabis Sativa.

Other names for the plant exist throughout the world. In Africa, Marijuana is

known as "dagga", in China as "ma", in Northern Europe as "hemp" and in the

United States as either "pot", "buds", "reefer", "weed" or the more direct,

"smoke". Marijuana goes back over five thousand years. It is one of the oldest

agricultural commodities not grown for food. Hemp, first cultivated in China as

early as 2800 B.C., soon stretched to central Asia where it spread like milkweed

or thistle. Marijuana soon began to crowd out neighboring grasses and reaching

heights of three to twenty feet stretched over large plains. Local people began

to use the plant for its strong, durable fibers which they used for rope and to

construct material similar to linen. Early in the Christian Era, Marijuana

reached the Mediterranean countries of Europe. Its cultivation spread through

the rest of Europe during the Middle ages. Hemp's progression to Africa can

easily be marked through the Middle East where it remains a major cash crop. It

is unknown how the plant found its way to the America's. One of the most

popular theories is that European explorers brought the seeds along with them.

The cultivation of Marijuana has been successful in almost every climate. It is

the unbounded growth of Marijuana that will later lead to its difficulty in

legislation. The Hemp plant has dozens of uses. It can be made into canvas,

paper, rope, twine, cable, yarn artificial sponges and clothing. The seed of

the plant can be made into Hempseed oil, paints, soaps, carnishes and birdseed.

For all of its usefulness it is the Hemp plant's leaves for which it has been

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