What Is Teh Future Of The Republican Party? Essay

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Leaglize marijuana now What if there was a material that was stronger than polyester, more durable than cotton, and cheaper to make paper ou of than timber? A material that was actually subsidized by the United states government at one point in history because of many uses in fact the declaration of independence was written on it. What am I talking about? Hemp, or more commonly known as marijuana, a recreational drug that has many uses and is perfectly safe yet our society prohibits it. In order to understand why marijuana is illegal today we must understand why it was prohibited, the story begins in the beginning of the 20th century when the Mexican revolution was taking place which caused a lot of tension in the western states because many Mexicans migrated from their homeland to the western farming states. Tensions began when small farmers grew angry at the large farms for hiring cheap Mexican workers. Mexicans smoked marijuana and so many legislatures in an effort to force out Mexicans from their communities, banned the possession and usage of marijuana. In the eastern states, the "problem" was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana and jazz traveled from New Orleans to Chicago, and then to Harlem, where marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the time such Louis Armstrong's "Muggles", Cab Calloway's "That Funny Reefer Man", Fats Waller's "Viper's Drag". Yellow journalism played a part in the federal ban with two competing journalists, Joseph Pulitzer and Harry J. Asslinger, Asslinger despised the Mexican immigrants and had a great deal of money invested in the timber industry which was greatly threatened by the growing hemp industry which could make cheaper paper, and so Asslinger ran a smear campaign against marijuana and thus the eventual

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