All though many individuals consider medical marijuana illegal and unnecessary, it should be made legal because it is a natural herb that could be used for medical reasons, economic relief, and also lead to a deduction in drug related crime rates. America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony in Virginia in 1619. It was a law to gather all farmers to grow Indian hempseed. There were several other “must grow” laws over the next 200 years. You could actually be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between the years of 1763 and 1767.
(website, HIA: Resources: Education: FAQs & Facts: Facts). Cannabis was used by almost every ancient civilization for, but not limited to, ropes, clothing, medicine, and recreation. Marijuana has only been illegal for the past 73 years. The interesting thing about it’s illegality is the fact that Cannabis used to be very legal in the United States. Prior to 1937, cannabis was the largest agricultural crop in the United States.
Physical, psychological, spiritual, economical, and medical benefits are all being denied because marijuana is an illegal narcotic. George Washington once said, “Make the most of the hemp seed. Sow it everywhere.” In this country there are people who drink responsibly, people should be able to use marijuana responsibly as well. Although marijuana has been illegal for over thirty years, there is are roughly 65 million Americans, which is one third of the world’s population, who use or have used marijuana. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was quoted in 1963 saying, “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to disobey unjust
Conversely, many places around the world that have legalized marijuana, have not had any marijuana related casualties or problems. This is an uncomfortable topic for many Americans, however, it is quite relevant in today’s society. With “Marijuana [being] the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States,” there is no question that it should be legalized (Carroll 956). Although “the legal landscape surrounding marijuana is surprisingly complex and unsettled,” many see this drug helping the health and economy of our nation (Seamon 1039). As of right now, there are twenty one states that have legalized medical marijuana, but Washington and Colorado are the only two states that have legalized it for recreational use and tax pur... ... middle of paper ... ...aston, and Charla Nich, and Karn Hunkele.
For many different reasons it has its pros and cons. Marijuana has been a battling problem in the United States today, whether it should be legalized or not. Since the 1930’s marijuana has been illegal in the United States. But as of now in 2014 medical marijuana is legal in 21 states. Marijuana is slowly but surely going to be legal in the United States in due time.
The uses of cannabis at the time were for hempen fibers, oil from seeds, and seeds for food, medicine, and narcotic purposes ("Marijuana since the," ). No problems occurred during the early use of marijuana; people used it for purposes that are being deba... ... middle of paper ... ....com/types-compounds.aspx 10 facts about marijuana. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/10-facts-about-marijuana Posses, S. (2013, October 25). Marijuana debate catches fire among college students.
Introduction The legalization of marijuana is considered a controversial issue, something that can benefit people for medical purposes, but what about recreationally? Marijuana has been illegal since 1937, but there’s never been a bigger push for legalization. There are several reasons why it is illegal, because of government propaganda and big industry not wanting to lose money, but this will be discussed later. The purpose of this paper is to educate, theorize, and discuss various aspects of marijuana, such as its history, development, and the advantages and disadvantages of marijuana legalization. Finally, my personal reflection on legalization and marijuana in general will be discussed.
Second is recreational marijuana which can have physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits. Last but certainly not least we have hemp. The Marijuana (hemp) plant is an untapped source of potential. In the past research has been done involving hemp but unfortunately was banned before we could discover all its uses.. If someone was to research marijuana they would see that for most of human history it was completely legal.
During the 19th century many medical articles were written discussing marijuana’s value in treating conditions. The plant was considered legal from the 1600’s until the 19th century. Marijuana became popular in the mid-19th century and was in most drugstores through the beginning of the 20th century. It was around this time that recreational use of marijuana was becoming acknowledged. Marijuana has been illegal in the United States since the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.