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History and Effects of Marijuana - Marijuana is the common name for the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. Hemp grows in tropical and in warm temperate climates. Dried up grounded leaves and stems have been known for a long period of time to be used as a drug. Through out many different regions in the world and for centuries has been used. Other uses as in medical to relieve symptoms of illness . Throughout its long history, parts of the plant have been smoked, chewed, eaten, and even brewed for it effects on the human biochemistry. Marijuana, having over 400 chemicals and the main chemical, Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC was noted to be found in the mid-1960s....   [tags: Marijuana Should NOT Be Legal] 533 words
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Marijuana Should Be Illegal - Legalization of Marijuana has quickly become a controversial issue in America. In the United States, legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes is spreading to the state level. For example, in November 1996, the people of California and Arizona voted to legalize marijuana for medicinal reasons. As a result of Proposition 215 in California, patients now smoke marijuana provided their physician recommends its usage. A prescription is not required, and marijuana continues to be illegal to prescribe....   [tags: Marijuana Should NOT Be Legal] 606 words
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Marijuana Should Be Legal - The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the importance of marijuana as a medicine and to propose a possible change in the federal laws prohibiting the medical use of marijuana. At the present time, thirty-four states ha ve laws that recognize the medical properties of marijuana and allow for its use when prescribed by a doctor. In fact, USA Today polls have shown that there is anywhere from 65% to 78% voter support for marijuana's medicinal use. (1) However, these laws cannot be implemented until there is a change in the federal laws....   [tags: Argument for Medical Marijuana]
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Against Legalization Of Marijuana - There currently exists a great debate concerning Legalization of marijuana. Many people are against the idea, but there are a number of people who fight for the idea to legalize Marijuana. The people that try to Legalize Marijuana use two major arguments in their effort to have marijuana legalized. First, which is by far the biggest argument is that marijuana has a significant medical use. The second is that marijuana does not cause harm to those that smoke it. Both of these arguments can be easily discounted by the numerous studies that have been done on the effects of marijuana both medicinal and recreational....   [tags: marijuana should not be legal] 564 words
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Harmful Affects of Marijuana - Marijuana or cannabis is one of the most commonly abused drugs. Marijuana consists of the dried and crushed leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds of the cannabis sativa plant. Delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, also know as THC, is the primary psychoactive, mind-altering ingredient in marijuana that produces the feeling of being “high.” In this paper I will discuss some of the uses of marijuana, the effects of marijuana, its history, and some of the treatment methods for marijuana. Cannabis is one of the oldest known agricultural plants....   [tags: Marijuana Should NOT Be Legal]
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The Medicinal Marijuana Debate - The Medicinal Marijuana Debate For years research groups, certain state governments, pharmaceutical companies and even some physicians have battled with the federal government over the legalization of the marijuana plant for medicinal purposes. Large amounts of research have been devoted to both sides of the argument; however, many of the studies contradict each other when naming the benefits and risks of marijuana. How can we decide whether the therapeutic values of marijuana outweigh the hazards of the drug when there have been no definitive findings....   [tags: Medicinal Marijuana Essays]
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Marijuana: Opponents Factual Brief - Marijuana: Opponent's Factual Brief OPPONENT'S BRIEF Factual Proposition: Consuming marijuana is detrimental to one's health. Definition of key terms: 1. Consumption= Smoking or eating marijuana. 2. Marijuana= Psychoactive mind altering substance, also known as cannabis. 3. Detrimental= Serious harm. Primary Inference: Smoking or eating marijuana is likely to create serious health problems for most individual users or society. Overview: Since the 1920's supporters of marijuana prohibition have exaggerated the drugs dangers....   [tags: Medicinal Marijuana Should Be Legal]
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Against Legalization of Marijuana - Marijuana has become a more and more acceptable drug over the past few years despite its many side effects, not only on the user, but also on society as a whole. Due to these side effects on society and the marijuana user, it would be in the best interest of everyone that marijuana remains an illegal substance. On one side of the issue you have marijuana users saying that it is their choice on whether or not they should be allowed to smoke marijuana. The question we have to ask ourselves is, are individual freedoms so important that we are willing to allow these individual freedoms to continue without consequence, even if their actions are harmful....   [tags: Marijuana Should NOT Be Legal] 1906 words
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Marijuana Should Be Legal - Marijuana is a relatively harmless drug that governments around the world have made illegal. If legalized, marijuana can be beneficial to society in a number of ways: whether it be for medical, economic, or public safety reasons. Marijuana has been proven to treat several life debilitating, and even life threatening diseases. Although it is not a cure, marijuana can ease the pain and suffering of a dying person. Another benefit of legalization is the financial gains that governments will accomplish through the taxation of marijuana....   [tags: Pro Marijuana Legalization] 786 words
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Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Stores Make History by Michael Martinez - ... This scholarly journal says that a lot of younger people are becoming more liberal as opposed to the generation before them. Hunter says the generation of people under 35 have been more likely to vote against abortion, for recreational marijuana, and for same sex marriage. Hunter slightly implies that America has never had a generation that favors same-sex marriage, legal marijuana, and anti-abortion, this is a landmark in American history. Hunter states that a majority amount of people favoring marijuana legalization and same sex marriage came before anti-abortionists when he says, “The cultural shift on same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization came first and is only now being refle...   [tags: same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization] 928 words
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Marijuana and College Students - Marijuana and College Students Marijuana may control the way people act, think, and even hurt their college academics. Marijuana is one of the most popular used drugs in America ranking about third after tobacco and alcohol. Marijuana is a substance that has become very much a part of American culture; many college students have either used it occasionally or regularly. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to find out about students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and their use of marijuana....   [tags: Marijuana Students Pot] 1890 words
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Marijuana Should Be Legalized -               In a country where tobacco products and alcohol are legal, I have always wondered, why not cannabis?  Why did this plant still have the stigma of being illegal when it does not cause any deaths, is not nearly as physically addicting, nor as harmful as its legal counterparts?  Clearly, the law of marijuana prohibition is one that is up for debate and one that is up for change.   Currently, many state laws have been passed that are either decriminalizing marijuana or allowing it for purely medicinal purposes.  Although these laws are moving towards legalization, they do not come close to the actual goal.  The definition of “legalization” advocates are striving to reach refers to...   [tags: legalizing marijuana 2014]
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The Debate Concerning the Legalization of Marijuana - The Debate Concerning the Legalization of Marijuana The debate over the legalization of marijuana is long standing and will continue indefinitely for years to come. Both sides of this issue are passionate in their positions and provide strong arguments to support their stands. After reviewing all the information, I understand each argument but I feel strongly that it would do our country more good than harm to decriminalize marijuana. Aside from what the government would like you to think, there are actually positive effects that come from the use of marijuana....   [tags: Legalization Marijuana Drugs essays papers]
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Drug Problems May Decreased If Marijuana Is Legalized - From the executive that sits behind his desk collecting his money, to the drug dealer on the street trying to make his money in order to survive, the drug dealing business gives money to criminals, while innocent users are being put away in jail. The issue of legalization and/or decriminalization of marijuana use have been a highly controversial issue over the years. At present, it is a crime to possess and use the drug commonly known as weed or pot. While the government has spent almost 10 billion dollars a year fighting the war on drugs, members of the medical field have spent their dollars in much wiser ways(): Medicinal Marijuana....   [tags: legalization of marijuana] 839 words
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Medicinal Marijuana is Bad Idea - Marijuana is a psychoactive drug made from the dried leaves and flowering parts of the hemp plant. It is one of the most strictly classified illegal drugs in the United States. Under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I substance, which defines it as having 'a high potential for abuse'; and 'no currently accepted medical use.'; Marijuana is therefore classified more severely than cocaine and morphine, which as Schedule II drugs are also banned for general use, but can be prescribed by doctors....   [tags: Marijuana Drugs Health Medicine Essays] 4490 words
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Alcohol and Marijuana Initiation - The Dynamics of Alcohol and Marijuana Initiation Alcohol and Marijuana are the most popular substances among adolescents in the United States. To prevent our youth from ever using marijuana or using alcohol too early, we must find out the exact age they are most likely to be initiated to it. Alcohol and Marijuana are often considered as gateway substances to other deadlier drugs. By delaying the onset of use by youths, we can prevent them from ever using other drugs. Many factors play into whether one adolescent is more at risk than another to be a future drug or substance abuser....   [tags: Alcohol and Marijuana Use] 781 words
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It's Time to Decriminalize Marijuana - It's Time to Decriminalize Marijuana Currently, drugs remain high on the lists of concerns of Americans and are considered one of the major problems facing our country today. We see stories on the news about people being killed on the street every day over drugs. To many people drugs are only an inner-city problem, but in reality they affect all of us - users and non-users. I believe that the negative affects we associate with drugs would be greatly reduced if the United States adopted a policy towards the total decriminalization of marijuana....   [tags: Marijuana Drugs Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Should Marijuana Be Legalized For Medical Purposes? - Should Marijuana be Legalized for Medical Purposes. Marijuana has been used extensively as a medical remedy for more than five thousand years. In the early 1900s, medical usage of marijuana began to decline with the advent of alternative drugs. Injectable opiates and synthetic drugs such as aspirin and barbiturates began to replace marijuana as the physician's drug of choice in the twentieth-century, as their results proved to be more consistent than the sometimes erratic effects of the hard-to-dose potencies of marijuana (Grinspoon)....   [tags: Weed Drugs Marijuana Essays]
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Legalization of Marijuana: More Research is Needed - America spent around $18.1 billion last year fighting the war on drugs. The very controversial issue of should marijuana be legalized has been asked for the longest time. Owning marijuana was made a crime in 1937 when Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act. Despite this law, the drug was still somewhat commonly used. Here we are years later, still without a satisfactory answer to the question. Legalizing the use of marijuana could have psychological effects on people, provide medical benefits to people needing it, along with economical benefits it would provide there could also be a decrease in the incidence of crime....   [tags: Legalize Marijuana Use]
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Legalization of Marijuana - Legalization of Marijuana This essay has problems with formatting Marijuana is a substance that has become very much a part of American culture. Nearly 65 million Americans have either used it occasionally or regularly. The use of marijuana hit mainstream America about thirty years ago and it has been accepted by a large segment of society ever since (Rosenthal 16). The debate on whether this substance should be legalized or not remains a very hot topic today. Despite government efforts to isolate and eliminate its use, it is clear that the use of marijuana is still very popular....   [tags: Marijuana Pot Legalize Weed Drugs Essays]
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Marijuana Should Not Be Legal - Should marijuana be legal. This issue has been argued by people throughout the past few years. Marijuana has been illegal since the early 1900’s, but scientists have recently figured out that there are some uses of marijuana that could benefit people in need, people who are suffering, and people who have diseases such as arthritis. Many people in our society try to persuade the government to legalize the use of marijuana. In the article “Should Marijuana be Legal?” ‘Soon We Will Know…’ by Dr. James L....   [tags: James Goddard, should marijuana be legal]
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Marijuana Should Be Legal For Medical Purposes - Marijuana is a cannabis drug that may be used for medical purposes. It was used to soothe malaria and constipation in many Asian countries including India and China (Ashton). It has the capability to relieve the pain of a serious sickness like malaria as well as a common every day stomach sickness like constipation. Marijuana has also been used therapeutically for the common disease asthma (Ashton). It “exert[s] a bronchodilator action on the small airways” therefore allowing a person to breathe better (Ashton)....   [tags: medical marijuana should be legal ] 2143 words
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Slowly Moving Towards Legalizing Marijuana - For the past ninety years, marijuana has been an enemy to drug agencies, government officials, and presidential administrations. Smoke Signals, a book about the oppressive and beneficial history of marijuana, is written as an effective argument while highlighting the plant in many different social settings. Cannabis use can be traced back to the Neolithic Period (10,200-4500 BC). Since then, nearly every culture continued to use marijuana for personal reasons, causing information to surge throughout the world....   [tags: Legal Marijuana, 2015]
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Should We Allow Prisoners to Smoke Marijuana? - BRUNSWICK DIVISION BRUCE TOWNSEND, a/k/a Ras Lazarus Azarel Nazari, Plaintiff, vs. UNITED STATES BUREAU OF PRISONS; JESUP F.S.L.; ROBERT McFADDEN, Warden; D. L. HOBBS, Warden; KATHLEEN HAWK-SAWYER; RONNIE HOLT, Regional Director; PAUL KENNEDY, Regional Chaplain; B.O.P. RELIGIOUS COMMITTEE; Ms. VICE, United Manager; Mrs. CHALFANT, Case Manager; Lt. B. RULEY; Lt. DUNLAP; Assist. Warden RUIZ; E. WILLIAMS, Case Manager, Chaplin O'NEIL, and JESUP STAFF KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, (Claim pursu~nt to 28U.S....   [tags: Legalization of Marijuana] 3341 words
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Marijuana as a Gift from Mother Earth - Marijuana as a Gift from Mother Earth When and where will the senseless persecutions of America’s Marijuana users end. These Marijuana smokers are typically middle class males, between the ages of 17 and 39, and one in three have no prior felony charges on their records. (HRW World Report) However, each year, hundreds of thousands of them are arrested and thrown into jail, alongside murderers, rapists, and child molesters. The “Marihuana Tax Act” was passed in August 1937, and took effect on October 1, an incident which would forever change the country....   [tags: Legalize Legalization Marijuana]
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The Legalization of Marihuana in the United States - Drugs have been a taboo for many centuries in the United States due to its exotic nature. Most other countries have already legalized drug use or never banned it all. The United States could legalize drugs and bring in many benefits. During the last couple of years legalization has become a major topic throughout the country. Colorado and Washington have become the first to legalize marijuana and both have benefitted greatly from it. If the United States legalized the use of the drugs then the economy would grow, crime rate would fall, and people would be smarter about drug use....   [tags: benefits, history of marihuana] 1643 words
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Personal Narrative about Smoking Marijuana - Sniffed Out "All right chief, puff, puff, pass!" This reminder of smoker’s etiquette attempts to rise from the back seat, but the bumping speakers drown it out. I am in the driver’s seat of my car, floating on a thick cloud of music and smoke. My eyes close, my lungs fill, my head nods and becomes lost inside a hip-hop haze of bass, high hats, and trumpets. Just before Big Boi introduces his “Spottieottiedopaliscious Angel” a hand cuts through the smoke and whacks me in the back of the head. Leaving the music, I turn around, take a huge toke, give the middle finger (all in good fun), and pass the joint to the backseat....   [tags: Drugs Narcotics Marijuana] 1645 words
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A Website Analysis on the Reformation of Marijuana Laws - A Website Analysis on the Reformation of Marijuana Laws NORML, or the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, founded in 1970, is a non profit, public interest advocacy group which fights for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and want an end to arresting responsible marijuana smokers. In its website, the organization states that its mission is to “move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty” (NORML website)....   [tags: Internet Website Legalization Marijuana Essays] 1306 words
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Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Use Only - The history of U.S. policy toward mind-altering substances has followed cycles of tolerance and intolerance ever since the mid-19th century. The medical use of the cannabis plant goes back at least 5,000 years to ancient China. It has been used by most of the world’s cultures for its healing properties (Medical Marijuana Cases 1). Today such conditions as Migraine headaches, Glaucoma, Cancer, Epilepsy, Asthma AIDS/HIV, Spinal injury, Muscle spasms, Insomnia etc., could be treated for symptomatic relief with cannabis or cannabis extract....   [tags: pro medical marijuana, argumentative essay]
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Marijuana as Medicine: More Harm Than Help - Marijuana as Medicine: More Harm Than Help Joan Daly smokes marijuana. She is also a former member of the San Francisco Police Department. When Joan was diagnosed with cancer she began a rigorous chemotherapy program, which has left her in an almost constant state of nausea, to battle her disease. She, and many like her, claim that the only drug they have tried that works to ease their pain is marijuana (Lacayo np). Claims such as this have led to a national movement pushing the legalization of medical marijuana....   [tags: pro use of medical marijuana]
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Physical, Emotional and Social Impairment Caused by Marijuana -       Marijuana is a unique and controversial drug. It is a popular psychoactive drug that is easily accessible and relatively inexpensive. Marijuana is often considered a recreational drug despite its illegal status. It is illegal because there are many uncertainties surrounding this substance. In fact, some favor the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes while others oppose. Opponents of marijuana insist that legal approval will result in serious personal and social problems. There are three species of Marijuana....   [tags: Use of Marijuana Essays]
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The Economic, Medical and Industrial Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana - The Economic, Medical and Industrial Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana Marijuana is the dried flower clusters and leaves of the hemp plant when taken to induce euphoria. Marijuana has been in existence for centuries even Magellan spoke of it during his trip to India. In his log he spoke of a plant that you smoked that made a man drunk without drinking. Marijuana would be beneficial if legalized because it would bring in extra money, it has medical uses, hemp is one of the best materials in the world and on average it is healthier for you then beer or liquor....   [tags: Legalize Marijuana Hemp] 1726 words
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Legalizing Marijuana - Marijuana is a misunderstood drug that is thought of as dangerous, when in fact it is in anything but. Because of people’s ignorance and gullibility marijuana has become illegal for all the wrong reasons and should highly be reconsidered for legalization. For centuries, marijuana has been used by different nationalities of people for religious, recreational, and medical use. Marijuana has been legalized in such European countries as Holland and Belgium. Civil Liberties on the Internet has quoted Great Britain’s Guardian saying, “Italy, Spain and Portugal are reported to be considering similar moves for cannabis" (Europe Goes To Pot) So why is the legalization of marijuana in the Unite...   [tags: The United States Should Legalize Marijuana]
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United States Government's False Portrayal of Marijuana - United States Government's False Portrayal of Marijuana Abstract I believe that the government’s handling of marijuana has been unethical because they used propaganda and lies to misinform the American population about marijuana. In my casebook, I address how the government made propaganda films and other media to misinform the American population. Some powerful evidence that I used is from the book, On the Trail of Marijuana, in this book the authors illustrate their eight stages of marijuana intoxication: Stage One: Characteristic euphoria, or feelings of unnatural well-being and lightheadedness....   [tags: Government Marijuana weed Drugs Essays]
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Legalizing Marijuana: Does Society Really Need Another Way to Get High? - At some point in the not-too-distant future, America will confront the question of whether or not to legalize the use and cultivation of marijuana. A recent poll shows that support for legalization has reached its highest level since the question was first asked thirty years ago, with 34 percent supporting a liberalization of policy. Among political elites there is a growing consensus that the harsh penalties imposed on those who grow, use, and sell marijuana are disproportionate to its harmful effects....   [tags: Against Legalizing Marijuana] 1547 words
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Legalizing Marijuana - Abraham Lincoln once stated that, “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” In today’s society, this statement still applies in reference to the illegal use of marijuana. Marijuana prohibition causes far more harm than marijuana itself. Keeping marijuana illegal is expensive and causes crime....   [tags: Marijuana Illegal Drugs Weed Essays, hemp]
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Marijuana Legalization - Marijuana Legalization As defined by The New American Webster Dictionary, marijuana is a hemp-like plant whose leaves are smoked in a cigarette as a narcotic. HOWEVER: Other than just an illict drug used for getting "high", Marijuana can also be viewed as: * A pain reliever * A stress reliever * A medicinal alternative to over-used processed drugs * An untapped source of income for the United States Government * A prohibited substance with many misconceptions Smoking marijuana has long been viewed as something that only produces negative outcomes....   [tags: Legal Illegal Marijuana Pot Law Weed ]
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Marijuana Uses and Medical Marijuana - More than 20,000 studies on marijuana and its components have been published, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; of these around 100 have looked into therapeutic value on humans. The plant was used in China for therapy over 4,700 years ago. There are many benefits of medical marijuana, but also a few hazards of it. Medical marijuana refers to the use of marijuana as a physician prescribed therapy to reduce the pain and discomfort with whatever medical conditions or to help cope with the side effects of traditional medical treatments....   [tags: Cannabis, Drugs, Smoking] 960 words
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Positive Effects of Medical Marjuana - Marijuana is not as harmful as a lot of people think. In Colorado medical marijuana saved a little girls life. Charlotte Figi, 5, had 300 grand mal seizures a week. Only 5 years old and she could not walk, talk or eat. Her father, Matt, gave up his career and searched for a way to help his little girl. After trying every type of medication he could, he finally found a way to help his daughter. He came across a video of a little boy from California. The little boy had been treated with medical marijuana and started showing positive reactions....   [tags: legalizing, government, medical, marjuana] 2303 words
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Why We Should Legalize Weed - Legalizing Weed How many times have you heard or read about legalizing marijuana in the last year. I have heard about it numerous times whether on TV, on the radio, on the Internet, or when reading a newspaper. Many people wants marijuana to be legalized and each has his or her own reason. Some of them want marijuana legalized to reduce drug related violence in southern states that border Mexico and in big cities such as Chicago. Others want marijuana legalized to offset the impact of the current rescission by generating additional revenues to states from collecting taxes on marijuana....   [tags: Marijuana] 1077 words
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Where Should the Buck Stop? - Where Should the Buck Stop. Marijuana became illegal with the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1934. The Marijuana Tax Act required individuals who wished to sell or distribute marijuana to first register with the government and then pay a special tax. These requirements along with extremely strict government controls effectively criminalizing the medical or recreational use of marijuana (Schlosser). In 1938 The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was passed, which established a class of drugs available by prescription....   [tags: Marijuana]
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Medical Marijuana: Should Marijuana Be Legalized? - Marijuana has been used as medicine since the beginning of time, but because of the bad reputation surrounding marijuana you wouldn’t believe that marijuana first use was for medical purposes. Marijuana dates all the way back to 2900 BC, in China, where the Chinese emperor Fu Hsi noted that cannabis was a very popular medicine that possessed both yin and yang. The Egyptians also used cannabis for glaucoma, inflammation, and enemas. In India, they use Bhang, a drink of cannabis and milk, as an anesthetic and anti-phlegmatic....   [tags: history, law, tax, ethical]
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No to Legalization of Marijuana - Marijuana should not be legalized because it will increase health issues, its use will rise rather than decline, and taxation will result in economic failure. In recent years, however, society has become very moderate, and this is why society’s views can be swayed by the benefits of legalization. Nowadays, legalizing marijuana is not that big of a deal as it was in the 60’s and 70’s when hippies and peace organizations were advocating for marijuana use. However, if marijuana is legalized it has been said that it might be the gateway drug to legalizing all illegal drugs....   [tags: persuasive]
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Marijuana Legislation: Marijuana Should Be Legalized - To truly understand why marijuana should be legalized by the federal government, one must have some background knowledge of the medicinal herb. Cannabis, most commonly known as marijuana, originated in China for purely medicinal purposes. The plant later spread to India, Europe, and, finally, made its way to North America. Cannabis was first used as hemp rope and fabric, and by the 18th century marijuana began to be recognized and used in the pharmaceutical industry. However, marijuana became illegal just a short century later....   [tags: federal government, medicinal herb]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... Additionally marijuana can prevent blindness. A recent study found that “cannabinoids (active chemicals in marijuana) are potentially useful to delay retinal degeneration” (Lax ___). Finally, legalizing marijuana would mean that the people who truly need the drug for medicinal purposes can easily obtain it. Third, the legalization of marijuana is a philosophical issue. As stated in Article I of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “all human beings are born free” (_____). This means that all individuals have the right to make choices for themselves....   [tags: benefits, law, drugs] 867 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... 78% of Sports nation agree with the idea of the NFL permitting their players to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. If the NFL would allow players to use marijuana medicinally than there would be fewer suspensions and maybe less time needed to recover from injuries. Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clipper’s says he would endorse marijuana medicinally (Fox Sports). Blake Griffin is just one of many people who does not disapprove of using marijuana medicinally. If Marijuana were a noxious drug, then its medicinal use would not be authorized in 21 American states....   [tags: cannabis, job production, tax revenue] 617 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... It was recommended for a variety of ailments, including neuralgia, gout, rheumatism, hysteria, insanity, uterine hemorrhage, and tetanus, among many others" (Faupel, 2014). As Faupel states, for almost 100 years marijuana was widely accepted as a valid medical treatment. However, anti-foreigner sentiments as well as the anti-drug hysteria sweeping the country would ultimately lead to the criminalization of marijuana. "Largely as a result of Anslinger's sustained lobbying effort at the state level, 46 of the then 48 states adopted marijuana laws by 1937" (Faupel, 2014)....   [tags: brief history, trade, drugs]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - Marijuana includes a hemp plant and a psychoactive drug and medicine. The principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis includes tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC. It includes the prime proponent to the effect of euphoria or the “high”. It includes known as an illegal substance in the United States excluding certain states for recreational or medical use. THC and marijuana promotes to relieve pain, control nausea and vomiting, and stimulate appetite in people with cancer and AIDS. Marijuana antiquated in America over the past 70+ years....   [tags: drug, medicine, cannabis, law]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - There has been a debate over the legalization of marijuana since it was made illegal in the 1920s. There are opponents on both sides of the issue. There are many benefits to the legalization of marijuana, but there are also detrimental effects to society that are caused by marijuana use. These issues need to be debated to determine if the legalization of marijuana would benefit the United States. According to a 2003 Zogby poll, “the government should treat marijuana more or less the same way it treats alcohol: It should regulate it, control it, tax it, and only make it illegal for children.” (Nadelmann, Ethan) Cannabis has been around since ancient times....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - Legalization of Marijuana Despite its current legality, marijuana is one of the most used drugs in the United States. Its users vary from ages starting at about twelve to any other age. It has been a controversial topic for quite some time. The legalization of cannabis would help the economy in several ways. Marijuana is also currently used for medical purposes but, those benefits could be greatly increased. One might argue that marijuana has negative effects on the body when, alcohol and tobacco are also harmful but are legal in the US....   [tags: drugs, disease, mental illness]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - When a someone hears the term “Marijuana” the first thing that comes into the mind is that it is a drug which is illegal. Some people believe that the only use of marijuana plant is that it can get you high, which is far from the truth. The Marijuana, cannabis, or hemp plant is one of the oldest psychoactive plants known to man. Many people fail to acknowledge that marijuana has a history of more than 8000 years and it has only been illegal for a short period of time. Its history dates back as far as 6000 B.C , when cannabis seeds were used as food in early Chinese traditions....   [tags: cannabis, illegal drug, american people]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - A common misconception about the word “drug” is people think it means an illegal substance that can cause someone to act in an irrational manner. In reality a drug is simply something that someone puts into their body that has some kind of physiological effect; therefore, everything from Advil to cocaine is a drug. Most drugs that are legal in the United States are for medicinal purposes, like Tylenol or Ibuprofen. A nationwide exception to this would be tobacco, which is legally used by people over the age eighteen....   [tags: drug, medicinal, health, federal law, Colorado]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - Much debate has been brought to Capitol Hill concerning the legalization of the Marijuana. Analyzing the history, data, and health effects of marijuana it becomes clear that the debate for the legalization of marijuana should be seriously considered and should be brought to congress as an issue that can stimulate the economy and bring together a divided nation. This issue along with many others will not be a reality until congress takes action and addresses the issue directly. Conflicting views arise when so much time effort and money have been spent to eliminate drugs....   [tags: health effects, drug markets] 1935 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - According to Holland, “Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.” (141) There are millions of people that use marijuana annually, and many that use daily. This paper will go over the medical benefits and effects, the political effects, and the laws associated with the drug. Marijuana legalization is creating a huge debate in the United States, and both sides provide extensive research and information on the topic. According to Holland, “there have been no substantiated deaths related solely to marijuana use....   [tags: medicine, laws, opinions]
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The Effects of Marijuana - ... Some popular types of marijuana are White Widow, Sour Diesel, Bubblegum, Vortex, and Holland’s Hope. All of them give the user the “high” feeling, which leaves them happy and dizzy at the same time. Marijuana was first used in ancient China by a Chinese Emperor by the name of Shen Nung. Even Queen Victoria used it. Shen Nung the Chinese Emperor was the first recorded person who used marijuana. He would use it as a pain killer during operations. In ancient India marijuana was holy. A Hindu god by the name of Shiva gave hemp as a gift to all humanity....   [tags: health and drugs, hallucinogens]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - The topic of the debate is the legalization of marijuana. Many states have began to pass legislature on the use and sales of marijuana, whether is medicinal or for recreational usage. In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have "no accepted medical use." At the present time there are 20 states plus the District of Columbia that has legalized the sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Those states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington State (proco...   [tags: drugs, tobacco, alcohol]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... In regards to addiction, marijuana contains no physically addictive properties. One may become psychologically addicted to the euphoria obtained after smoking marijuana; however, anything that brings enjoyment has the possibility of becoming psychologically addictive. One would assume that something deemed legal by the government would be safer than something that is considered illegal, ironically this is not the case. Cigarettes are considered legal even though they pose a huge threat to one’s health....   [tags: sunstance, benefits, economic, authorities] 702 words
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The Effects of Marijuana - For many years marijuana was viewed as a dangerous drug, today it is a widely accepted substance. Even though it is illegal in the country, some individual states have made it legal for medical use and two of those states have even gone far enough to make it legal for recreational use as well. Consequently many teenagers have started to experiment with this drug, not knowing the dangers that come with it. Lately marijuana has become a popular drug with in the nation’s youth, and according to Califano from the book Marijuana "There are more teens and children in treatment for marijuana than for any other substance including alcohol"(27)....   [tags: teenage use of soft drugs]
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The Effects of Marijuana - Marijuana affects the whole body and one of the parts of the body that is affected by marijuana greatly is the human brain. Marijuana contains a lot of chemicals which contribute and are the cause of why it affects the body. We have now learned more information of how marijuana can affect the human brain if taking in huge amounts. Researchers have been finding more evidence to show how when consuming marijuana it causes long and short term affects. Marijuana contains a chemical called THC which affects the brains memory and causes hippocampus lesion....   [tags: TCH, human brain] 608 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - The legalization of marijuana has being highly debated through out the years. People want to use it medically and others want to use it recreationally. There have not been any reports of anybody dying from smoking pot; they should just regulate it. People’s lives should not be ruined for the possession of marijuana. It does not cause any harm to anybody’s life so why punish for it. It seems like the state governments has took the incentive of some what legalizing it, but the national government can still punish those people in the states that have possession of cannabis....   [tags: opposition, legislation, tobacco]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - Drugs, such as narcotics or medicine are substances that change the body’s chemistry. A high number of Americans use drugs every day due to addiction or use it to ease the pain. Americans are using both legal and illegal drugs on a daily bases. For example, medicine prescribed by the doctor is legal while marijuana is illegal. However, marijuana has become a controversial subject in the United States. Marijuana should be legalized in all states for medical purposes and recreational use. It should not be considered a harmful substance or be in the same category as methamphetamine, heroin, or cocaine....   [tags: Conventional Medicine, Metabolic Rate]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - In the United States marijuana has become of the most widely used drugs (drugpages). A number of movements to legalize marijuana have been gaining attention lately. Currently there are 14 states where marijuana is legal for medical use (medicalmarijuana). 41% of U.S. citizens believe marijuana should be legalized (drugpolicy) but others are still concerned about health damage. American society has lost the war against marijuana, and that's okay. We should stop wasting time and money trying to reverse history and instead legalize both medical and recreational use of this mild narcotic widely seen as no more harmful than alcohol....   [tags: making pot legal]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... On the other hand alcohol and tobacco have much worse effects. Alcohol and tobacco are two very damaging substances that the United States sees as acceptable to be legal. Alcohol leads to approximately 85,000 deaths in America per year, while tobacco leads to a massive 435,000 deaths per year ("Annual Causes of Death in the United States"). These deaths are attributed to the various cancers that each substance causes, drunk driving, addiction, and an astronomical amount of other diseases. Conversely, marijuana has led to zero deaths....   [tags: cannabis, economy, medicine] 848 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... Not only would it lower down criminal rates but it would also save tax-payer money. The state that legalizes it would get all the money from the tax from selling medical marijuana in dispensaries. Selling pot to the public would be a gold mine for the states cause of all the revenue generated from the tariff of selling marijuana in stores. As CNNMoney said “ Colorado made $184m in marijuana taxes” (CNNMoney). The government would not have to waste money to stop people from selling hemp. Harvard Economist Jeffrey Miron claimed “ If the government legalized marijuana it would save $ 7.7 billion annually by not having to enforce the current prohibition on the drug” ( Pot Legalization Co...   [tags: change, lower crime rates] 716 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - This debate has been very prevalent in society and in politics. Experts, politicians, and people alike have been debating among themselves whether or not marijuana should be legalized in America. Marijuana is a drug that can be smoked or eaten. It is grown from the ground and gives the user a sense of a hallucinogenic high. It goes by many names such as Mary Jane, kush, grass, weed, pot, green, cannabis, hemp, or chronic. Some say that marijuana is not as bad as alcohol. Some say that marijuana is safe....   [tags: medical use, gateway drug, cannabis, treatment]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... After taking a very small amount of the marijuana in a half-muffin, JJ took a dramatic turn in his academics, his social life, and his attitude completely turned around for the better. It was a miracle. It was a very strong and emotional article that should change the minds of a few non-believers in medical marijuana, not recreational marijuana. If a child is in this sort of predicament and suffers from such an extreme combination of disorders and medical marijuana is the only thing that will have any positive effect on them, then who are we to keep that from that poor child....   [tags: drug use, cannabis] 1084 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... Many people are of the opinion that marijuana is more dangerous than tobacco or alcohol; contrary to their belief, alcohol and tobacco are actually more fatal. In addition, tobacco is known for causing a plethora of cancers, such as lung cancer, and alcohol causes liver damage; according to the Complutense University in Madrid, “marijuana has the potential to kill some cancerous cells” (162). Another advantage of marijuana is that it doesn’t cause cancer. The American Thoracic Society says that “People who smoke marijuana—even heavy, long-term marijuana users—do not appear to be at increased risk of developing lung cancer…”....   [tags: economic and medical benefits]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - The legalization of Marijuana in Colorado has been great news for every user over the age of twenty one, but has anyone bothered to ask the question, “What negative impact will this decision have on the children of Colorado”. The legalization of marijuana will increase the risk of use by adolescents and teenagers in our schools. We are sending a message to our younger generation that, we as a society are accepting and unbiased when it comes to smoking marijuana. As a young teenager myself, I was exposed to marijuana by the time I reached junior high....   [tags: smoke, joint, colorado]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - "I'm for legalizing marijuana. Why pick on those drugs. Valium is legal. You just go to a doctor and get it and overdose on it - what's the difference. Prozac, all that stuff, so why not marijuana. Who cares. It's something that grows out of the ground - why not. Go smoke a head of cabbage. I don't care what you smoke" (Stern). This particular quote is the reality of how many Americans actually feel about the supposed war on drugs. Mary jane, airplane, weed, reefer and dank are all commonly used terms used to describe marijuana....   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Illegalization of Marijuana - Ask anyone what the most popular drug of the 21st century is, and he will tell you it is marijuana. And why is this. Well for one, marijuana is a highly accessible drug. Whether at a high school, a town, a college campus, or a gas station, marijuana can be found there. And while it is quite easy to find, it is also not financially straining to purchase either. One can get a various range of amounts inexpensively depending on who is dealing it. And, unlike many other drugs, marijuana is not addictive....   [tags: Medical Uses, Mexican Immigrants]
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... According to his paper, “The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition,” it was concluded that if marijuana was legalized, a predicted 2.4 to 6.2 billion dollar profit per year would be made in just taxes alone and would overall save roughly $7.7 billion in government expenses on prohibition enforcement; $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local levels. In 2011, 757,969 people were arrested for misdemeanors pertaining to the possession and or the auction of marijuana....   [tags: taxes, cancer, chemotherapy, revenue] 929 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - ... The best thing about this part of the plant is that it is completely legal, yet THC is still illegal. “CBD enhances THC’s positive effects while negating many of the negatives. Is’s clear both cannabinoids coexist in the plant for a reason, often acting synergistically” (Giddingson). Why would the government restrict something that has been known to cure diseases that kill millions every year. They keep the things that kill the most on store shelves though, why not over something to counteract the affects....   [tags: great medicine, safe for recreational use]
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The History of Marijuana - Numerous studies have evaluated the advantages and disadvantages of Medical Marijuana. In this paper, we will examine the history and beginnings of this drug and how it has affected society. Many laws and policies have been created to restrict the use of this drug, but the goal of this paper is to show it can also positively affect ill patients. Cannabis, the proper name of this hemp plant, contains cannabinoids like THC. Cannabis has had many positive physiological and psychological effects on the body....   [tags: how cannabis has affected society] 3169 words
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The Legality of Marijuana - As members of a sophisticated and modern society, to participate in the day to day social life there are a few things we must act in accordance with. We must follow the natural laws that the societies have placed in order, and must establish guidelines by understanding their moral and ethical obligations. They are the foundations of our day to day life. Whether we choose to obey or disobey the norms and regulations of our social environment is determined by the way we appeal to their distinct morals and ethics....   [tags: utilitarianism theory, emmanuel kant] 1409 words
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The Controversial Marijuana - Medical Marijuana: America's Plant The use of marijuana, for both medical and recreational purposes, has long been a topic of much controversy. Using marijuana is seen as morally wrong by many, however to others it is seen as a plant with major health benefits. Upon first introduction to the subject it seems unclear as to why so much controversy is caused by this plant. The answer is rooted deep in America's history and to this day effects several parts of everyday American life. Marijuana policy affects Americans economically and health-wise....   [tags: Cannabis, Medical, Drug, ]
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Effect of Marijuana - Abstract: In America Marijuana has been a topic of debate for many years. Many people of society and even the national government have expressed strong against the uses of marijuana. They view Marijuana as a drug that causes people to act against rules that has been set by society. However they fail to look at the positive benefits that can come from the uses of marijuana which actually have been proven by researchers to have positive benefits when it comes to the well being of people. Even Doctor has found ways that marijuana could be of good use in the medical field....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Legalization of Marijuana - Did you know that marijuana is the third most popular drug and has been used by over 100 million Americans. According to National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of Cannabis sativa. Many people know someone who has experienced marijuana or currently uses it for recreational purposes. Over the last several years, marijuana has been one of the most popular issues in civil liberties today. Should it be used for only medical reasons or ban it all together....   [tags: Legal Issues, Drugs, Social Issues]
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Legalization of Marijuana - Our society has encountered a problem that has long been disputed. Is it universal health reform or the debt ceiling. The answer would be neither of those but instead the use of the seemingly harmless drug; marijuana. With the use of marijuana becoming so popular in recent times, people are questioning whether or not as to if there are any medicinal benefits from smoking the plant. Should we legalize marijuana. What effect will that have on our society. Should we legalize marijuana for the medicinal benefits but abstain from recreational use....   [tags: gateway drug, Figi family, health, medicinal ]
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Legalization of Marijuana - What could the United States do with an extra 7.7 billion dollars. What could the state of Michigan do with 5.3 billion dollars. How could the nation get this much money in one year. The legalization of marijuana would bring such revenue. Replacing “marijuana prohibition with a system of legal regulation would save approximately $7.7 billion in government expenditures on prohibition enforcement -- $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local levels” (Miron, “Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibitions in the United States)....   [tags: Law, The Harrison Act, Mexican Immigrants] 1832 words
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Legalization of Marijuana - How can States Ignoring the Legalization of Marijuana be controlled. Final Research Paper Should Americans be allowed to legally grow, sell, buy or ingest marijuana. Marijuana has become one on the most widely used drug in the United States. Marijuana has numerous uses including medical and recreational, but as of 2013 marijuana is illegal in the U.S. mainly due to ethical and public health reasons and due to non-stop concerns over criminal activities that surround this popular drug, production and distribution of the drug is extremely illegal, and prosecution can include hard jail time....   [tags: United States,ethics, public health, drugs]
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