Medical Marijuana Essay

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Drew Rinkus Due: 17th May 2012 Medical Marijuana In 1972, Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act was placed on marijuana, due to the U.S. Congress considering marijuana to have no accepted medical use. Since 1972, sixteen U.S. states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for the use of medical terms. Most of the reason that marijuana was made illegal was due to the Reagan Administration’s get-tough drug policies, along with President Nixon’s “war” on drugs. The first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana was California in 1996. The irony of this is that California was the first state to outlaw marijuana in 1913. After California legalized marijuana, 14 more states, and one District of Columbia followed over the 16 year span that we’ve had. These states believe that medical marijuana is an herbal medicine designed to only treat severe cases of diseases. Sure, nowadays, states legalizing marijuana is seen as bad for our country by some people, but marijuana has been around in the United States for a very long time. Actually, marijuana has been around since the B.C. era. In 2737 B.C., Emperor Shen Neng of China was placing marijuana in tea and prescribing it to his people for treatment of rheumatism, malaria, gout, and poor memory. Marijuana continued to be a popular medicine throughout all of Asia and India. The Hindus in India actually used marijuana for stress relief and religious purposes. Some ancient physicians prescribed marijuana for everything, including childbirth. Yet, the ancient physicians warned people that they shouldn’t overuse marijuana, due to the fact that it can cause impotence, blindness, and “the seeing of devils.” In the 1700’s, while George Washington was president, he actually grew marijuana in his backyard. George Washington was followed by Thomas Jefferson, who grew hemp at Monticello. In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte and his

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