Marijuana Essay

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Marijuana Laws: History and its Benefits In 1922, The United States did not have sufficient technology to truly identify the benefits that Marijuana has; therefore, Marijuana should not be illegal, let alone categorized the same as substances that have actually been proven to be detrimental to the user’s health. For centuries, there have been three illicit drugs that have been debated the most on the legal and medical scales: cocaine, opium, and marijuana. Around the world today, two of the drugs, cocaine and opium, are set in stone as illegal substances. Marijuana, on the other hand, is still being debated as to if it should be illegal. Marijuana (Cannabis) is an herb harvested from the Cannabis sativa plant. In America and around the world, the drug is harvested, dried, and sold mostly as an illegal substance although some states in the U.S. and other countries around the world have legalized the herb for medical purposes. The drug can be ingested or most popularly smoked. Through the centuries, the herb has been used as a medication for many different ailments. In ancient Egypt, marijuana was used to ease the pain of childbirth. Much later, the herb was used for the same purpose among the Romans. In India and China, it was used to treat neurological and dermatological diseases. Mechoulam explains that up until the end of the nineteenth century, Europeans had even used the herb for headache medication. As the twentieth century dawned, the U.S. government became more active in the suppressing the use of marijuana. Oddly enough, while laws for marijuana use became stricter, the popularity of the drug increased. As the twentieth century progressed, the influences of marijuana led to a relationship between the changing attitudes of the drug, and the laws prohibiting it. At the beginning of the twentieth century the influence that marijuana had on the people of

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