Marijuana policy affects Americans economically and health-wise. However the American government must also deal with other areas influenced by marijuana such as legislation and regulation costs. Marijuana legislation is a topic the pro-marijuana side and the anti-marijuana side are constantly debating. Throughout the years thanks to propaganda and yellow journalism this debate has been further complicated by false facts and accusations. To truly understand the marijuana debate one must understand each side's reasoning as well as take a look back into history to understand how the country got to this point in the marijuana feud.
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A native of Central Asia, cannabis may have been cultivated as much as 10,000 years ago. It was definitely cultivated in China by 2900 B.C. and has long been used as a medicine in India, China, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Africa, and South America (Grinspoon). Another thing is that cannabis is the actual term but many know it today as marijuana and there are many other names that it could be called. Marijuana has been used by doctors for many years to treat some conditions, just recently has it became legal in some states to be used medically and recreationally– There are both pros and cons to these uses of marijuana.
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(Wall Street Journal n.p) Marijuana or Cannabis —often called pot, weed, or herb—is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa—the hemp plant, has been used as an instrument to achieve euphoria, a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness, since ancient times. Marijuana has been traced back to the Chinese, dating from 2737 B.C.. From there it went to India to North Africa and then reached Europe around the time of 500 A.D.. In the record of the Chinese emperor Shen Nung the use of marijuana was for medication for rheuma... ... middle of paper ... ... he said “I would caution against this assumption[that marijuana is the most effective drug for medical purposes] due to the lack of consistent, repeatable scientific data available to prove marijuana's medical benefits.” Works Cited Wall Street Journal. "Lady Gaga Says She's Addicted to Marijuana." YouTube.
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At the same time, the federal government was toughening the drug sales and possession laws (Drug Legalization). This has been going on for the past 80 years (Drug Legalization). Doctors then started to recognize the medical uses of marijuana (Rich). That made marijuana become deliberately sold in pharmacies (Rich). “The origins of marijuana prohibition in the United States stem from fears of a criminal element sneaking into the country, in t... ... middle of paper ... ...r to congress or by just spreading the word that marijuana is not a productive drug.