Marijuans Essay

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The opinion of Marijuana during the 70’s was way better than it is today. Approval of Marijuana by 15 states, new medical studies, and its consequences on those convicted from use of the most common illegal drug in the world, is forcing the United States of America to rethink its outlook on the matter. In general, the argument about Marijuana in this country is: should Marijuana continue to be prohibited to citizens based on its health effects, medicinal values, and costs to the country? The reasons why this argument is so important are great. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world, and with millions of people using it regularly and almost 100 million that ever used it in this country, the laws behind this drug hold great influence. It is because of this and new evidence, that the justification behind prohibition of this drug is being rethought scientifically, socially, and economically. The use of Marijuana as both medicine and a recreational drug is being thoroughly questioned in the US. 27 states have Marijuana approved in some form, many of those for medical purposes however those users can still, and do get placed into prison by federal law. Currently, 830,000 people a year are in trouble with the law in regards to Marijuana and numbers seem to be on an uphill trend. The US invests 30 billion a year into the drug war, half of which is dedicated to Marijuana. Many are questioning its success all together. Both imprisonment and the war cost our country, and therefore our people, money. A change in laws is going to have a dramatic effect on America. Marijuana comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Its discovery could have been as early as 2700 BC in China. Despite the Cannabis Sativa plant producing Marijuana it also produces hemp, which is a very useful cash crop that can produce several textile materials. Aside from hemp, Marijuana was
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