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.
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
I am not the only one who favors legalization—slightly half of my classmates agree to hope for dope. Marijuana has numerous uses that trump being quashed as an illicit drug. I, along with several classmates, will dispel the lunacies of forever banning a natural substance that has not been chemically altered, nor manufactured, like the pharmaceuticals that are legally on the market. By the end of my spiel, I am sure you will agree with me. To smoke it or not.
Many people are falsely informed on this herb and its side effects. Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried and shredded buds of the Cannabis Sativa plant (drugabuse.gov), with innumerable medical values that could help fight diseases and illnesses, yet some strongly stand with the outdated idea that the herb should remain illegal. Cannabis should be legalized in America not only for medical purposes, but also for recreational use by adults over the age of eighteen because it is a failed prohibition, it is not lethal, and it is beneficial for medical uses. “It’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished” (Barack Obama). This statement on Colorado’s legalization of marijuana came from the words of our own president, yet he has not done anything to stop this preposterous phenomenon.
Marijuana has been used throughout the world for centuries by almost every culture. The active ingredient in marijuana is called THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. It is smoked in a pipe or rolled in a cigarette or it is eaten (www.nida.nih.gov). I don´t have a straight opinion whether marijuana should be legalized or not. However, although legalization of this drug has many disadvantages, I think that marijuana should be legalized for several reasons: it would cause the fall of the black market, the government might control it and the most important reason to legalize marijuana is because of its medical effects.
Cannabis is a natural plant that has been made illegal by the United States, and has been a controversial topic ever since the 1920’s. Marijuana is a substance that has been used hundreds of years ago as an herbal medicine and also can be used for textile products from hemp, which is from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Because of marijuana being categorized as a schedule one substance, it has no medical value and cannot be researched in the United States. Marijuana is said to be a gateway drug and is very unhealthy for adolescents with premature brains. The marijuana prohibition should finally come to a close because there are many benefits from cannabis and it is less harmful than both alcohol and tobacco.
Investigation of Marijuana Marijuana is the dried buds and leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant. This plant contains more than 400 chemicals, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant's main psychoactive chemical. THC is known to affect our brain's short-term memory. Additionally, marijuana affects motor coordination, increases your heart rate and raises levels of anxiety. Studies also show that marijuana contains cancer-causing chemicals typically associated with cigarettes.
Portugal and Spain recently partially decriminalized the possession and use of recreational cannabis. However, in the United States, the possession of cannabis or any paraphernalia is expressly illegal. While no major legislation has been proposed to decriminalize the recreational use of cannabis, the United States government has commissioned several studies regarding the properties of cannabis and its effects, and also has considered bills permitting the medicinal use of marijuana. Cannabis was prevalent in America for much of the 18th and 19th centuries. Many apothecaries and doctors proscribed medications containing cannabis.
The ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and many others used it for medical purposes. Marijuana was first used in the United States during the 1800’s and was banned in 1937 without any reason given by the government except that “it was for our own good” (Block, “Why Marijuana Became Illegal”). Marijuana should be legal everywhere in the world because, although it is highly addictive, marijuana is not as harmful as tobacco and alcohol, having a regulated market for it would reduce the sale and use of it amongst people under the age of eighteen, and the government can save and make money off of it. Marijuana is an extremely popular drug, not only in America, but in every other country in the world as well. However, there are many people who do not know exactly what it is or where it comes from.
Lester Grinspoon, a professor at Harvard University, states, “Few drugs in the United States have produced as much affective heat as marijuana, particularly during the last decade. The controversy essentially revolves around the question of how dangerous or safe the drug is." However, many people are persistent users and believe that this drug is no more harmful than smoking cigarettes. Despite its useful medical effects for relieving pain and nausea, marijuana is a psychedelic drug that will be looked down upon because of false claims about it. Because people tend to overlook the positive facts, cannabis has become illegal for all the wrong reasons.