Legalizing Marijuana

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Legalizing Marijuana: Half Baked?:

Legalizing Marijuana: Half Baked?

Let’s take a look at marijuana’s history….:

Let’s take a look at marijuana’s history…. 600 BCE, first evidence of marijuana used for food in China. 2727 BCE, marijuana is used for medicinal purposes in Chinese pharmacology. 1200-800 BCE, Cannabis is mentioned in ancient Hindu texts, named the “sacred grass” It is used by medicinally and ritually as an offering to Shiva. 700 - 300 BCE, Scythian tribes leave marijuana seeds as offerings in royal tombs. 500 BCE, Hemp is introduced into Northern Europe by the Scythians. 70 CE, Dioscorides mentions the use of Cannabis.

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900 – 1000 CE, Scholars debate the pros and cons of eating hashish. Use spreads throughout Arabia. Early 12th Century, Pot smoking is very popular throughout the Middle East. 12 th Century, marijuana is introduced in Egyptian culture. 13th Century, Arab traders bring Cannabis to the coast of Africa. 1606-1632, French and British cultivate Cannabis for hemp in their colonies.

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17th Century, Use of hashish, alcohol, and opium spreads among the population of occupied Constantinople. Late 17th Century, Hashish becomes a major trade item between Central Asia and South Asia. 1906, The Pure Food and Drug Act is passed, regulating the labeling of products containing Alcohol, Opiates, Cocaine, and Cannabis. 1920s, Hash is smuggled into Egypt from Greece, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Asia. 1936, The propaganda film "Reefer Madness" is made to scare Americans away from using marijuana.

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1937, The Marijuana Tax Act is passed, making it illegal to buy or sell cannabis without paying a transfer tax. This is the first federal law in the U.S. to regulate the sale of marijuana 1960s, Marijuana is deemed the “hippie drug.” 1968, Synthetic THCs were placed under control of the DACA in the U.S. 1972, The Nixon-appointed Shafer Commission urged use of cannabis be re-legalized, but their recommendation was ignored. Medical research continues. 1975, The FDA establishes the Compassionate Use program for medical marijuana.

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1988, DEA administrative law Judge Francis Young finds after thorough hearings that marijuana has clearly established medical use and should be reclassified as a prescriptive drug. His recommendation is ignored. 1995, Introduction of hashish-making equipment and appearance of locally produced hashish in Amsterdam coffee shops. 1996, California passes Proposition 215, legalizing medical use of marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. 2001, Britain's Home Secretary, David Blunkett, proposes changing the classification of cannabis from a class B to class C.

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2003, Canada becomes the first country to legalize medical marijuana. 2007, A study conducted by Harvard University proves that the active ingredient in marijuana, known as THC can slow down tumor growth in lung cancer and significantly reduce the ability of cancer to spread. 2009, People began to believe that legalizing marijuana could help stabilize the economy similarly as to alcohol in 1933. 2010, Proposition 19 is voted on in California to pass marijuana. It is turned down.

2011…:

2011… Nearly 50% of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized.

Marijuana has been used for centuries…:

Marijuana has been used for centuries… But, is marijuana a dangerous drug?

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Some say that marijuana is the “gateway drug”, meaning that using it can lead one to try other drugs. Others say that marijuana is addictive. People also believe that marijuana can kill brain cells or cause brain damage. However… these accusations are false.

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While consuming marijuana smoke can cause harm to your lungs, as any smoke will, it as not as damaging as nicotine or alcohol. There has been no evidence of marijuana being addictive. Yet alcohol and nicotine are highly addictive and both legal. There hasn’t been any record of marijuana causing brain damage.

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Throughout history, there has never been one recorded death from the use of marijuana. There are an estimated 75,000 alcohol linked deaths in the U.S every year. There are nearly 400,000 cigarette smoking induced deaths every year in the U.S.

Yet…:

Yet… Alcohol and cigarettes are legal.

So, what are the benefits of legalizing pot?:

So, what are the benefits of legalizing pot? Legalizing marijuana could improve the economic state of our country. People who suffer from illnesses such as, cancer, glaucoma, AIDs, etc can alleviate their pain. The hemp plant is a valuable natural resource. It can be used to create fabric, textiles and paper.

In conclusion…:

In conclusion… People deserve the freedom to use marijuana. The continuation of prohibition won’t stop people from smoking weed. Millions of dollars are spent each year imprisoning those with possession of marijuana. Instead of imprisoning people, we can save money and hopefully restore our unstable economy.

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People are always going to be using marijuana. It might as well be legalized. Let’s make it enjoyable and safe for everyone!

Resources:

Resources http://norml.org/ http://www.erowid.org/plants/cannabis/cannabis.shtml http://drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/30 http://legalizationofmarijuana.com/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/06/majority-of-americans-wan_n_198196.html http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1889166,00.html Thanks to the artists on Deviantart.com for the images.

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