Drug in a Contemporary Society Essay

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Drug in a Contemporary Society Should marijuana be legalized? That is the question that is being ask these days. The legalization of Marijuana is a highly heated and controversial issue in America today. Usually people do not know a great deal about marijuana they just considered it as any other drug and this may be true, but this is a drug in a contemporary society. Due to the side effects of marijuana on society and the marijuana user, could it be in the best interest of everyone that marijuana remains an illegal substance. Or should marijuana be made legal because the government could save money by taking the drug out of the hand of criminals and making room in jail cells for more dangerous offenders. Maybe we as a society should ask a question to ourselves, are individual freedoms so important that we are willing to allow these individual freedoms to continue without consequence, even if their actions are harmful. Marijuana is a combination of shredded leaves, stems and flower buds of the Cannabis sativa plant. Also called "pot," "weed," "grass," "ganja," and other slang terms, marijuana is also a commonly used illegal drug, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It has been documented that the Jamestown settlers brought the marijuana plant, to North America in 1611 to export import the plant fibers. It is a Chinese legend that the plant was recognized for its medicinal purposes by an emperor named Shen Nung in 2700 BC, the marijuana plant had healing properties as well as those of two other mainstays of Chinese herbal medicine, ginseng and ephedra. It was an entry in the 1850 edition of the medical reference book United States Pharmacopeia (a book of public pharmacopeias standards) where it was officially recognized for its medicinal purposes in the United States. In the beginning of the 20th century, a social reform movements attempted to ban the
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