The History of Hemp or Cannabis, Marijuana, Weed, Pot

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There are many different words for what was originally considered, “hemp” to the ancient world. Some are, cannabis, marijuana, weed, and pot. Over time, the different words have reflected the views and uses of hemp through different societies and time periods. Hemp dates back to the early Mesopotamian days in what is considered Turkey today. It is the first known plant to be domestically cultivated. According to research, “The oldest relic of human history is hemp fabric dated to 8,000 BCE.” In 1492, Christopher Columbus brought hemp as a rope to America. His ships were full of hemp fabric used for uniforms, parachutes, ropes, sails, baggage, shoes and many more military uses. To free the American colonies from England press, Benjamin Franklin started a paper mill, which used cannabis to create paper and print books. This allowed America to have free colonial press from Britian without having to ask for them. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both drafted on hemp paper. Betsey Ross made the first flag of the United States of America out of hemp, which was the strongest known fiber at the time. “Farmers from 1942 through 1945 who agreed to grow hemp were waived from serving in the military, along with their sons; that is how vitally important hemp was to America during World War II.” Henry Ford also used hemp-based plastic to create vehicles, which was proven to be stronger and lighter than steel and could withstand much more impact without denting. He also used hemp-based ethanol fuel, which was more efficient. Hemp had been used widely throughout the United States before it became illegal and served many purposes.
The first recorded use of cannabis as medicine was in 2,737 BCE by Empero...

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...ld expand our coutnry. I believe that it is unnecessary to have such strict laws against a plant that could benefit the country more than it is hurting it. Marijuana does not have any reports of violence because of use of the drug, but violent crimes have been committed because of drug cartels and gangs. If the laws against marijuana were lifted, there would be less violent drug crimes because access to marijuana would be easier. It has been proven that more violent crimes are committed with use of alcohol than there are from use of marijuana. Our president recently even stated that he does not believe that use of marijuana is any more dangerous than Alcohol. After researching this topic, I feel that more people today are coming to a realization that marijuana use is not dangerous and that our country would actually benefit from the legalization of cannabis.

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