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Legalizing Marijuana - “According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use” (Norml.org). Rising arguments have been placed upon the usage of marijuana. Some of these arguments over the years further elaborate on the benefits of marijuana, while opposing members argue about the flaws of marijuana. Clearly society is either “for” or “against” the usage of marijuana. Research over the years; have come up with arguments backing up both the opposing sides....   [tags: Young Adults, Gateway Drug]
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Marijuana Legalization - When one approaches the issue of marijuana legalization, it is natural to wonder why the plant was made illegal in the first place. A short consultation of the internet can take one to the legislation that originally made its possession illegal, the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. This act is historically regarded as the fruition of suspect business motives of William Randolph Hearst, Andrew Mellon, and the Du Pont family (Marihuana, 2010). Such legislation of the 1930’s, a time when the dangers of cigarette smoking were not known, hardly seems a fit role model for our health and drug policies today....   [tags: Drugs]
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Legalizing Marijuana - Marijuana 2 While it seems that numbers are steadily increasing, to legalize marijuana, there are still many states who have yet to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Many of the public feel that, due to the recent legalization of medical marijuana, the U.S. is a step closer to legalization marijuana for use by the general public. Choosing to legalize marijuana for the general public will cause an increase in users and put users health at risk, both mentally and physically. In 1937, a legislation was passed, the marijuana tax act, giving the government control over the drug which made it illegal....   [tags: Drugs]
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Medical Marijuana - Medical Marijuana From chronic pain to anorexia there may be a type of wonder medicine that can be of assistance. This medicine, however, is looked upon in many different ways in the United States. The drug, only have been studied a few times, lacks an extensive amount of research. Marijuana, a debatable prescriptive but most importantly illicit drug, may have the potential to become a widespread legal and acceptable medicine in the near future. History and THC Marijuana has been around for a long time....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Marijuana Legalization - The legalization of marijuana in the United States is a long and historically debated subject. Pro-legalization advocates provide many reasons for the decriminalization of marijuana; some of the reasons include, zero recorded deaths from direct use, wasting tax-payer money prosecuting non-violent offenders, and prohibition promotes organized crime. Anti-legalization organizers condemn legalization due to marijuana being considered a gateway drug, moral and religious opposition, legalization could lead to harder drugs being legalized, and the fear that legalization would enable the drug to be more accessible to children....   [tags: Drugs] 1979 words
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Legalizing Marijuana - Are there advantages to legalizing marijuana in America. The issue of legalizing marijuana has long been a topic of discussion among state and federal government officials. Individuals on both sides of the argument vocalize great points for and against legalization. However, looking at the facts it would be very difficult to make a sound argument against the legalization of marijuana. Medical marijuana in California alone is estimated to be a 14 billion dollar a year industry generating millions of dollars in taxes for local and state government (Lacter 2011)....   [tags: Drugs, Tax Revenue, Prison Populations]
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Marijuana As A Medicine - If your every waking moment was consumed by pain and nausea, wouldn't you ask for medication. What if the only medication legally available would leave you unconscious or do nothing at all. If you were the one suffering, would you resort to the only treatment that allowed you to live normally even though it was illegal. Thousands of people across the country are forced to break the law to ease their pain. They have chosen marijuana over anything legally available because it has various medicinal properties that cannot be found anywhere else....   [tags: pro use of medical weed]
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Marijuana Legalization - For over 4,000 years the cannabis plant marijuana has been used medicinally by a variety of cultures around the world. It was used as medicine in the United States until 1937 when a new tax fee led to its discontinued use. In 1972 marijuana was placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana is the common name for the hemp plant Cannabis sativa ("Medical Marijuana"). Hemp grows in tropical as well as temperate climates. The dried ground leaves, flowers, and stems of the plant have a long history for their use as drugs....   [tags: legal issues, drugs]
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Marijuana as a Subculture - A subculture is a group of people who share a distinctive set of cultural beliefs and behaviors that differ in some significant way from that of larger society. Marijuana smokers can be considered a subculture for many reasons. Marijuana is used by millions of people around the world, either for recreational, spiritual, or therapeutic reasons. Some call themselves the cannabis connoisseurs; people who respect cannabis and use it responsibly. Few drugs have been so politicized recently as marijuana has....   [tags: expository essay] 1351 words
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Marijuana's Disadvantages - As a college student, drugs and alcohol are constantly creating temptations for individuals. In the United States, the problem with marijuana use is increasing. It is “the most used illegal drug in the world, with almost 160 million people, aged fifteen to sixty four, reporting having used marijuana in the last year” (Smith 429). The drug constantly surrounds users and their friends, but they have no idea of the effects. As the years pass, marijuana is being viewed as a “normal” drug, and although some disagree, they find no reason to discourage users....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Legalizing Marijuana - What exactly is marijuana. Marijuana, also known as pot or hemp, is a naturally grown substance that contains THC. THC changes how the brain works and gives the user a high that relieves many different pains and even helps erase bad memories. The hemp plant can be found in just about any place, but has to be kept in heat. Marijuana is from a naturally grown plant so why not be able to use it legally. Well, there are many reasons against the legalization of marijuana and there are also many very good reasons to legalize it for medical and recreational use....   [tags: Legal Issues, Drugs] 2448 words
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Marijuana Legalization - Marijuana is the familiar name for a raw drug made from the plant cannabis sativa. One of the active chemical in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinal (THC); a stimulant it give users the pleasure effect of relaxation, known as a “high” or hallucinating when consumed too much either through oral or smoking. It is the mainstream drug and a blistering topic to our nation in this day and age. Legalizing marijuana is an ever-growing political and social battle making its way to the top of American controversial issues list....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Legalizing Marijuana - Legalizing marijuana is a double-edged sword that is more likely to produce more negative outcomes than positive outcomes in society. Despite the fact that marijuana has found some applications in the medical field recently, it is questionable if legalizing marijuana would encourage people to use it as a herbal alternative to analgesic medication. In fact, it would encourage the growth and development of substance abuse disorders, create risk factors for abusing more dangerous substances, and implicate both community health and community stability....   [tags: Drugs] 1249 words
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The Legalization of Marijuana - Arugementive Research Papermarijuana Thesis: Should marijuana be legalized and can it be used in positive ways. In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act prohibited the use, sale, and cultivation of hemp/marijuana in the United States. Marijuana is a drug that is highly used through out the world. It comes from the cannabis plant. THC which stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is the major psychoactive ingredient. Over sixty five million Americans today use marijuana. Today it is a lot stronger than how it used to be in the 1970’s because of careful cultivation....   [tags: essays papers]
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Marijuana Legalization - This debate is becoming more and more relevant since the economy collapsed. The argument over whether marijuana should be legalized has been going on since the 70’s when the war on drugs began, and probably will be going on for many years to come. It is an argument where both sides have done multiple studies, and research over whether it should, or should not be legalized. In this paper I will be discussing both views on if it should, or shouldn’t be legalized, also if marijuana does posses medical value, and if our nation would benefit for legalization....   [tags: Drugs] 1696 words
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Medical Marijuana - For decades America has associated marijuana with many things, and none of them ever any good. From the ‘60s with the hippie revolution, to today with criminals of all kinds, there have been numerous associations that are arguably unwarranted in this day and age. Why is it that we have such negative feelings about marijuana. In America today, the government considers it a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has a “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use.” The problem with this classification clearly lies in the second half of its classification....   [tags: Drugs] 954 words
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Medical Marijuana - Marijuana in society today is known as a gateway drug. Most teenagers start smoking marijuana and move on to more addictive drugs. This at first may seem like your regular legalize weed essay from a pot head student in class, but it is far from it. About 12 years ago, my mother started getting the welt like hives all over her body that would itch uncontrollably and hurt. She would get them in her eyes and ears anywhere; you can imagine. We could not figure out what was wrong with her. We assumed she had an allergic reaction to something around her....   [tags: Legal Issues, Drugs,]
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Legalize Marijuana! - ... Marijuana has been proven to help with different diseases for different people who are suffering from illnesses where marijuana can help alleviate the pain or make the illness go away.I believe that marijuana needs to be a controlled substance by the government and should be legalized for medical reasons as it could help patients ease pain. I know if I had muscle spasms and that nothing would help except to smoke some weed I would want it to be legalized so I can do it.(Robinson) In the United States marijuana is illegal under federal law....   [tags: medical, patients, recreational] 944 words
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Legalizing Marijuana - For many years, humans and animals have equally relied on a gift from nature that is not only a miracle medicine, but also a sturdy building material and has many other uses. In the days that we currently live in, this gift has been banned and given a bad name for selfish reasons that until recently were not spoken of. Legalizing marijuana would make it too easily accessible for young people like children and college students. People would began purchasing the drug just because it is available and no longer illegal....   [tags: Crime Rate Percentage, Drug Policy]
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Legalizing Marijuana - In today’s society, countless people look for a feeling of being carefree. Some people go on vacation, others get drowned by alcohol, or even financial debt as there source of being lighthearted. However, the most common gateway for people is substance abuse. In the United States we are facing an ever growing drug problem; that is becoming an extremely notorious issue. In the United States it is said that there are 12.7 million illegal drug users and out of that 12.7 million that 10 million are casual users and the other 2.7 million are addicts....   [tags: Medicinal Drugs]
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Marijuana Reform - The decriminalization of marijuana is an incredibly controversial topic in the United States. Conservative views deem the drug dangerous and debilitating, while reformers suggest that legalizing the plant would have an enormous positive impact on the economy. While others, the terminally ill, wish for the plant to be legal so it can be offered as a less toxic and sometimes more effective alternative to harsh prescription drugs. an overwhelming wealth of facts that state the benefits marijuana can have medically. It’s not hard to believe that marijuana is the 3rd most popular recreational drug in America and Government polls say some 25 million Americans have smoked the plant in the past year...   [tags: Drugs] 1594 words
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Legalize Marijuana - Cannabis is a plant that has been used for many purposes during many centuries of its cultivation. Cannabis grows wild in many parts of the world, such as in India and even in parts of the United States, where it is referred to as “ditch weed”. Cannabis seed oils can be used as a nutritional supplement or as a component of soaps and detergents. Hemp fibers can be used in the construction of textile ropes. Cannabis’ most famous and infamous use is for the psychoactive substance, THC, which can produce an altered state of consciousness, mild hallucinations, and other neurological and behavioral effects....   [tags: Drugs ]
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Marijuana Legalization - An incredibly controversial topic over the past decade has been the legalization of marijuana. Everyone has their personal opinion on the issue, and with some states reducing the restrictions against the drug most people have come to the realization that it will become legal in many countries over the next ten to twenty years. There are valid arguments for both sides, but when it comes to it weed should be legalized. Law enforcement could be putting their efforts toward much more important crimes, the plant could be taxed, hemp could be developed into a valuable cash crop, there have been proven medical benefits of marijuana, and prohibition simply does not work....   [tags: prohibition, restriction, brain loss, death]
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Legalizing Medical Marijuana - ... Supporters of legalization claim that medicinal marijuana is harmless because of its pain relieving effects and one cannot overdose. Although both statements are true, marijuana has not been endorsed by any of the major medical programs. Medicinal marijuana isn’t as addictive as heroin or cocaine but daily marijuana use can lead to dependence. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately nine percent of marijuana users become addicted. The research done on the lab monkeys have shown that about half of those who use medicinal marijuana daily become dependent....   [tags: federal law, american movement] 680 words
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Medical Marijuana - Medical marijuana refers to the processed flowers of the cannabis plant, concentrates, and food infused with cannabis. Medical marijuana has: been deemed relatively safe by trusted medical professionals, proven not likely to create crime, and has great potential for a revenue source. As of today, 20 states in the US and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize marijuana for medical use. Among many known health benefits, medical marijuana can be prescribed to relieve several types of pain, nausea, and other symptoms caused by illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS....   [tags: drugs, cannabis, medicine, legalization]
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Medical Marijuana Legalized - On November 5th, 1996 Ballot Proposition 215 was approved which removed criminal penalties for the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana by anybody who has a written recommendation from their doctor saying he/she would benefit from medicinal marijuana. In recent years, the use of recreational marijuana has increased. More and more adolescents and adults are using marijuana on a day to day basis and that number is only just increasing. Marijuana has become not a big issue in our culture. In California, the use of recreational marijuana is still illegal but with the help of the media, the horrible stigma tied along to it is surely fading....   [tags: health, government, benefits] 526 words
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The Problem with Marijuana - The Problem with Marijuana The use of marijuana should be regulated and taxed by the government, whether federal, state or local. That’s what governments are for. It is a great mistake to allow the entire industry of marihuana, from beginning to end, to be conducted as a black market, without any control or regulation. It is the role and function of government to regulate the traffic in any material that is deemed to be hazardous in any way, and it is also the role of government to lead the way in the research of hazardous or controversial materials....   [tags: Papers] 758 words
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Legalize Marijuana - Cannabis sativa or Marijuana as is commonly known worldwide is a hard drug with adverse side effects to the users. With this reason it is an illegal drug in a majority of parts in the world. However according to research statistics, with this illegality there is still a high rise of both users as well as those initiated into the practice annually with the United Nations placing it first among the illicit substances widely used in the world (UNODC 198). Having worked previously in a number of facilities for juvenile delinquency and correction in California I observed and participated in the numerous ways, methods and tactics employed by the government to reduce the use of cannabis sativa wit...   [tags: Drugs ]
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The Dangers of Marijuana - Marijuana, Cannabis Sativa, has been used for centuries for its medicinal and euphorant properties, and its fibers, to make hemp cloth and paper. Medicinally, between 1850 and 1942, it was prescribed in the United States Pharmacopeia as a remedy for a variety of ailments including gout, tetanus, depression, and cramps (Farthing 1992). Today, it is used for reducing intraocular pressure due to glaucoma, as an antiemetic to relieve nausea associated with chemotherapy, and as an appetite stimulant for AIDS patients....   [tags: 9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Plasma Level]
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LEGALIZING MARIJUANA - Legalizing Marijuana The legalization of marijuana is seen by most people as an obvious decision but some people find it hard to choose a side as to whether or not this drug should be legalized. This has actually been a very controversial topic for some time now and has some people very passionately involved in the debate. The reason most people have a hard time with this major decision is because of the recent studies done on its medical properties as well as the “healing” power it supposedly has....   [tags: ]
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Legalization of Marijuana -      For decades the marijuana prohibition has been violating individual’s rights, but scientific research has proven that marijuana has therapeutic uses and is harmless compared to other drugs. Therefore, marijuana should not be considered a dangerous drug and should be legalized. The prohibition of marijuana did not end with crime; nonetheless, it is responsible for the imprisonment of thousands of its users. The government’s campaign against marijuana has also created cultural factors that make the use of marijuana socially unacceptable....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Drug History Essays] 1938 words
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Marijuana Is Beneficial - To toke or not to toke that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of society or succumb to popular opinion and legalize Marijuana. Marijuana is a cure for anorexia as well as glaucoma. Marijuana is even a helping factor for relieving some symptoms of A.I.D.S. Still the government of our nation has Marijuana classified as a Division I drug. Which means it serves no medical use and does in no way benefit society. The studies outdated and scientifically proven to be incorrect still remain beliefs of our government....   [tags: pot should be legal]
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Opinions of Marijuana - Opinions of Marijuana Marijuana, a drug that has been studied for many decades, provides for a very controversial argument. Many people in society are aware of the harmful and long-term effects of marijuana, and therefore are strongly opposed to such a drug. However, there exists another array of opinions of which are focused heavily on the benefits of marijuana in the medical industry, as well as the pleasurable benefits that marijuana may bring to many individuals. Though there exists some evidence that marijuana could serve as a useful drug in the industry of medicine, it should not be considered for legalization because the benefits are greatly outweighed by the vast evidence that sta...   [tags: Papers] 775 words
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Legalization of Marijuana - Marijuana      Marijuana is a big topic these days. Many people want to make sure that marijuana stays illegal. Yet they do not know all the facts about marijuana. They just think that marijuana is bad. I believe that marijuana should be made legal.      First of all, marijuana refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant, which contain the narcotic chemical THC at various potencies. It is smoked or eaten to produce the feeling of being "high". Marijuana has been used for thousands of years for medical, social, relaxation, and religious reasons....   [tags: Illegal Drugs Narcotics essays research papers] 586 words
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Research on Marijuana - Research on Marijuana Everyone believes Marijuana is a gateway drug. However, some people think it is not because they believe they will not use anything else. If we do not fide some form of way to get rid of this drug or if we make it legal our future generations will suffer. As of now our brains get affected. A solution would be to find away to get rid of this drug and not to make it legal. Marijuana has been around for centuries now and it still grows in use. People say it is good for the body because it helps the body fight of disease and many other things like pain....   [tags: Papers Argumentative Weed Essays] 678 words
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Legalization of Marijuana - Legalization of Marijuana Take A Closer Look Those who oppose legalizing marijuana tell us that legalizing it would be seriously detrimental. Are they looking at the facts. Or do they just believe the same myths that our parents created when they were trying to stop us from becoming drug addicts. Let&rsquos take a closer look at the facts. Violence surrounding drug dealing would be lessened by legalizing marijuana because small time drug dealers would essentially be forced out of business. Larger companies who could produce high quality marijuana at lower cost would prevail....   [tags: social issues] 1039 words
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Legalization of Marijuana - The question of whether to legalize drugs or not is very controversial. Drugs affect so many areas of society. For several decades drugs have been one of the major problems of society. There are two views on the legalization of drugs: some people think that they should be legalized, the other group of people think that they must not be legalized. I support those who refuse legalization of hard drugs. Well, and what about marijuana. Whether you call it hemp, Mary Jane, hash, pot, juane, giggle-smoke, kef, weed, grass, ganja, shit, marijuana, it is still Cannabis Sativa, or Cannabis for a short form (www.encyclopedia.com)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Drugs Essays] 1259 words
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Legalization of Marijuana - The Legalization of Marijuana      Marijuana is a plant, known as cannabis sativa and cannabis indica, which contains a psychoactive chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The effects of THC include disruption of psychomotor behavior, short-term memory impairment, intoxication, stimulation of appetite, antinociceptive, and antiemetic activities. Marijuana, the Mexican name given to cannabis is a mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the plant. Cannabis is a term that refers to marijuana and other preparations made from the same plant....   [tags: Weed Drugs Illegal Essays Papers Cannabis]
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Marijuana as Medicine - Marijuana as Medicine If we are think about people who have a serious medical problem that inflicts constant physical and mental pain do we ask ourselves theses questions. How much pain are they going through. What is their threshold. What is its frequency. How doest it effect their life, and are they terminally ill. How can we help them. Theses questions helped researchers arrive at one conclusion of using Marijuana for treatment of medical illnesses. Researchers believe the drug to be useful in treatment of glaucoma, nausea accompanying cancer chemotherapy, asthma, and nervous systems disorders such as multiple sclerosis....   [tags: Papers] 1398 words
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Legalization of Marijuana - Legalizing marijuana could lead to new medicinal purposes. This seems to be the strongest argument in legalizing this substance. Marijuana is a controlled substance, also known as a narcotic. More commonly named in the past, hemp plant or cannabis, is one of the oldest known psychoactive plants in humanity. The main ingredient in marijuana that causes the “high” people get form smoking it is known as THC (“tetrahydrocannabinols”). A native of central Asia, cannabis may have been cultivated as much as ten thousand years ago....   [tags: informative weed essay]
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Legalization of Marijuana - Legalization of Marijuana For many years now there has been a constant argument over whether or not the medicinal uses of marijuana are enough to overlook the side effects of the drug and make it legal for medical use in the United States. To many people, when they think of the plant marijuana, technically known as Cannabis Sativa, or hear the phrase "legalization of marijuana", they tend to only think of the addict smoking it for a high and not the person using it as a medicine....   [tags: Papers] 2358 words
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Legalization of Marijuana - For many years the use of marijuana for medical purposes has been an issue of controversial discussion. Many claim that marijuana is a drug that has proven itself to be of no medical value in the treatment of terminal illnesses. Those who feel this way, usually ignore the long history of marijuana’s medical uses; a history that goes back thousands of years ago. The drug has aided many people with the coping of terminal diseases. The use of marijuana as a medicinal herb has allowed many with no hope, to enjoy life more fully and lead rather decent life-styles....   [tags: Weed Drugs Argumentative Essays]
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Investigation of Marijuana - Investigation of Marijuana Marijuana is the dried buds and leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant. This plant contains more than 400 chemicals, including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant's main psychoactive chemical. THC is known to affect our brain's short-term memory. Additionally, marijuana affects motor coordination, increases your heart rate and raises levels of anxiety. Studies also show that marijuana contains cancer-causing chemicals typically associated with cigarettes....   [tags: Papers] 1934 words
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decriminilization of marijuana - Every year our government spends more than nineteen billion dollars to eradicate it’s use in the United States. About seventeen thousand people were arrested last year because of it. We spend twenty thousand dollars a year per inmate to hold these jailbirds captive. Who are these dangerous criminals you ask. Stoners. One argument against the decriminalization of marijuana is why would we want to introduce another intoxicant into our society when alcohol and cigarette smoking is already so damaging....   [tags: legal cannabis]
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History of Marijuana - History of Marijuana Marijuana has been used both recreationally and medicinally for centuries. There are numerous accounts of its medicinal qualities in multiple historical artifacts. Its use dates back to 2737 B.C. when the Chinese emperor, Shen Nung, used it for medicinal purposes including malaria, gout, poor memory, rheumatism, and analgesia (Carter et. al., 2003). Eastern Indian documents, in the Atharvaveda, dating back to 2000 B.C. also refer to its medicinal use. The Jamestown settlers cultivated hemp produced by the marijuana plant....   [tags: American History Weed Medicine Essays]
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Legalization of Marijuana - Legalization of Marijuana "The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of any subject is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which in can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever acquired his wisdom in any mode but this.' - John Stuart Mill" (Mill. 7). The topic of legalizing marijuana is a very conservational issue in American politics today. There are many good arguments both for and against legalization....   [tags: Law] 949 words
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Decriminalization of Marijuana - Decriminalization of Marijuana Think for a minute about alcohol. It's something we are well accustomed to in our every day lives. We associate it with celebrations, parties, relaxation, and many other things that involve leisure. What else do we associate alcohol with. How about drunk driving and the deaths that occur as well. The thought of alcoholism and the destruction of the body as well families might spring in to mind. Now think about marijuana. Pot is something we all have been taught is next to sin....   [tags: Papers] 992 words
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Decriminalization Of Marijuana - This nation's so-called war on drugs has been a miserable failure. It hasn't' worked. The drug problem is getting worse. I think it is the number one problem facing this country today. I think that we as people and our politicians really need to put all of our options into perspective, and one of the things we need to talk about is decriminilization. Common sense or logic would dictate that when you take this issue on, when you talk about legalization or decriminalization, if you are going to talk about that, you are going to have to talk about taking it in steps, and certainly the first step would be marijuana....   [tags: legalization of hash] 2376 words
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Uses of Marijuana - Hemp is a very useful plant. The reason why it is illegal today seems an easy question to answer, right. Because of the effects that it causes on the brain and body. Right. Wrong. The reasons why hemp was made illegal were reasons that the public were never exposed to. Before 1883 about seventy-five to ninety percent of the world's paper was manufactured from hemp bast fiber. The United States Department of Agriculture first proposed making paper from hemp pulp in the early 1930's. Although production had to wait until someone invented a machine that would separate the hemp pulp from the fiber cheaply....   [tags: Free Essays Online] 1453 words
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Logical Reasoning For the Legalization Marijuana - Logical Reasoning For the Legalization Marijuana Last year there were more than 695,201 marijuana arrests in the United States. Of those arrests 87.2% were for possession - not for sale or manufacture of marijuana. There have been over 11 million marijuana arrests in the United States since 1965. 12.7% of today’s overcrowded federal prison population is made up of people incarcerated for marijuana offenses, with an average sentence of 3.25 years.(1) Even with heroin use on the rise, the police seem to be preoccupied with arresting marijuana smokers....   [tags: Papers] 704 words
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The Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana Usage - The Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana Usage All ears were listening intently at what the professor had to say on the subject. Many viewers were in shock and disbelief at what some of the potential medical uses of marijuana are. At the conclusion of the lecture, many whispers filled the courtroom and the judge entered from behind his desk and sat down. Richard Johnson sat in silence waiting in anticipation to hear what he had to say. Johnson and his wife Ellen, were arrested August 24 and charged with numerous drug-related offenses....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Physiological Effects of Marijuana - The Physiological Effects of Marijuana Marijuana derives from the dried leaves and flower of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa; for thousands of years, physicians regarded marijuana as a useful pharmaceutical agent that could be used to treat a number of different disorders. In the 19th century, physicians in the United States and Europe used marijuana as an analgesic, as a treatment for migraine headaches, and as an anticonvulsant (Grinspoon & Bakalar, 1993, 1995). In 1938, a physician used marijuana (hashish) to completely control the terror and excitement of a patient who had contracted rabies (Elliot, 1992, p....   [tags: Illegal Drugs Health Essays]
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We Need To Legalized Marijuana - ;Marijuana has been falsely criticized since the beginning of the century. The fact is that the legalization of marijuana can only have positive effects. Marijuana has been proven to be less likely to create crime, it can be used as a medicine, and isn’t any more harmful than most other legal substances on the market. It’s hard to understand why it is illegal. Legalizing marijuana would reduce the numbers in our prisons, help the country medically, and make money for the government by taxing the plant....   [tags: cannabis should be legal] 613 words
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Marijuana is a Social Problem - Marijuana is a Social Problem "Marijuana is the second most popular drug after alcohol in the country today. So many people smoke marijuana that the numbers alone seem to legitimize and condone its presence in people's lives. Yet, even in moderation marijuana is not 'safe.' Somehow this information had not filtered down to people who think they are smoking a fairly innocuous drug. Our society perpetuates the myths about pot being a fun, harmless, recreational drug. These myths feed into people's denial of marijuana's problems" (Baum 6)....   [tags: Papers] 983 words
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Marijuana - Marijuana The third largest agricultural good in the nation and a ten billion-dollar industry has nothing to do with the agriculture we are use to. This good is Marijuana, an illegal drug. It is "the most widely used illicit drug in America" n(Gold v). In Florida alone, marijuana sales are greater than all businesses except tourism (Gold v). What is marijuana. Marijuana, a plant, known as Cannabis Sativa, labeled that by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753 (Grinspoon 1), is "one of nature's hardiest specimens" (Abel ix)....   [tags: Agriculture Illegal Drugs Essays]
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Should Marijuana Be Legal? - Should Marijuana Be Legal. Should marijuana be legal. "Marijuana is a mixture of leaves, stems, and flowering tops of the Indian hemp-plant cannabis" The ultimate social conflict is war. To solve a conflict by using lethal weapons has always existed, and will continue to exist as long as humans are around. But, war does not necessarily mean that people die, or houses get blown up. The Drug War is a perfect example of a non-violent war. It is fought by politicians and drug (ab)users. I believe it is a desperate action by frightened leaders....   [tags: Papers] 511 words
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Marijuana - Marijuana Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. A dry, shredded greenish brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, usually is smoked as a cigarette or in a pipe. It also is smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana, often in combination with another drug. As a more concentrated form it is called hashish and as a sticky black liquid, hash oil....   [tags: Papers] 801 words
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Marijuana - Marijuana A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly fifteen hundred pounds of marijuana within about 15 minutes to induce a lethal response... In strict medical terms, marijuana is far safer than many of the foods we commonly consume. For example, eating ten raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death." DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young. Between 9 and 17 million Americans are occasional users of marijuana and about 3 million are daily users....   [tags: Papers] 1543 words
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Marijuana for Medical Use - Marijuana for Medical Use For many years the United States government has prohibited some drugs, such as marijuana, from being sold in the marketplace. Yet, even with prohibition, marijuana use has only decreased minimally. Because of its illegality, only the bad aspects of marijuana use have been made known. However, there are many positive aspects of marijuana legalization, including its application concerning medical cures. As of today, in most of the states, marijuana is classified as an illegal drug....   [tags: Papers Weed Cannabis Medicinal Essays]
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Marijuana - Marijuana Wether you call it Hemp, Mary Jane, Pot, Weed; it doesn't matter. It is still Cannabis Sativa, or cannabis for short. And it is still illegal. The use of marijuana as an intoxicant in the United States became a problem of public concern in the 1930s. Regulatory laws were passed in 1937, and criminal penalties were instituted for possession and sale of the drug. "Marijuana" refers to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant, which contains the non-narcotic chemical THC at various potencies....   [tags: Hemp Mary Jane Pot Weed]
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Marijuana Should be Legalized - Marijuana Should be Legalized The legalization of marijuana is a subject that has been debated for many years. Marijuana should be legalized for medical use and it should be decriminalized for recreational use.By decriminalizing marijuana for recreational use, the penalty will no longer be jail time, but a simple fine if caught using it in public.Furthermore, marijuana offers many medical benefits to very ill patients.In short, the benefits of marijuana outweigh the drawbacks, especially for medical purposes, so it should be legalized.First, marijuana should be decriminalized for recreational use....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Medical Essays]
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Marijuana - Marijuana is one of the oldest, most versatile, most historically significant plants in the history of man. Commonly referred to as hemp, it was the fiber used to create the sails of the conquistadors until steam power ruled the ocean blue. Hemp was universally known and clothed a lot the known world, even before cotton and wool. Its versatility was a virtue and was envied as one of the most valuable plants for any farmer, on any continent. Legislators in many different states across America passed laws promoting its production....   [tags: Illegal Drugs] 1591 words
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Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana - Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana Every year, 400,000 Americans die of complications caused by tobacco products. Smoking kills more Americans each year than alcohol, crack, heroin, murder, suicide, car accidents, fires, and AIDS all put together. Every week, eight children under the age of eighteen die from alcohol related crashes. Alcohol abuse contributes to almost 50% of all traffic accidents, suicides, and homicides. However, despite the proven dangers of these "socially acceptable" drugs, they are still legal....   [tags: Papers] 1367 words
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Pro Legalization of Marijuana - Cannabis has been illegal since the Marijuana Tax act of 1934. Yet out of a population of 284 million American citizens, 70 million Americans claim to have smoked cannabis at some point in their lives. Prohibition of cannabis is therefore apparently ineffective at changing the habits of a population, just as prohibition of alcohol was ineffective in 1919-1933. Making otherwise law-abiding citizens fugitives does nothing more than fill the prisons and alienate the populace from their government....   [tags: essays research papers] 921 words
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Marijuana Decriminalization - The Canadian government has created many laws with the intention of ameliorating the quality of life of its citizens. Unfortunately, in some instances these laws and policies become public nuisances that do more harm than good. This has become the case with the federal government’s decision to criminalize marijuana under the Narcotics Act. This legislation was created by bureaucrats without fully weighing its advantages and disadvantages in an attempt to protect Canadian citizens from the effects of marijuana, which include a loss of coordination and temporary memory loss....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Medical Marijuana - Medical Marijuana One of the most controversial issues in the United States is over medical marijuana. Many experiments test the validity of the drug as a medicine, and results of these experiments receive much praise but also some critique. The DEA and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) are battling over the issue. The underlying matter that cannot be ignored is that marijuana proves to be a useful medication for many patients, especially those with wasting diseases such as AIDS and cancer....   [tags: Papers] 1058 words
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Medical Marijuana - Marijuana Can Change the World To the AIDS or cancer patient, marijuana is the plant that fights nausea and appetite loss. To the nutritionist, its seed is second only to the soybean in nutritional value and is a source of cooking oil and vitamins. To the paper or cloth manufacturer, it is the plant that provided much of our paper and clothing for hundreds of years and produces four times more fiber per acre than trees. To the environmentalist, it is the plant that could greatly slow deforestation, restore robbed nutrients by other crops, and help prevent erosion....   [tags: Illegal Drugs] 1583 words
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Medical Marijuana - Marijuana prohibition stands as one of the most unwarranted policies of the United States. Every year we are spending billions of dollars on the War on Drugs with little benefit. Data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation show there were an estimated 1,552,432 arrests for drug-related crimes in 2014 – a slight uptick from the 1,531,251 drug arrests in 2013. Marijuana offenses accounted for 48.3 percent of all drug arrests. Most marijuana-related arrests were for possession of the drug....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Marijuana Users - Marijuana Users My preliminary report will explain as much as possible about the characteristics of marijuana users and how these characteristics differ from nonusers of marijuana. I'm sure you are asking yourself "Why do people use marijuana in the first place?" This is a difficult question to answer in one sentence, but my report will simplify that question by explaining as much as possible about what motivates marijuana users to start and continue using the drug. From my readings so far, there has been a continuing trend that marijuana users first turn on to the drug by tremendous pressure from their friends or peers....   [tags: Free Essays Online] 1785 words
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Medical Marijuana - Medical Marijuana Marijuana has been hailed as a prescription for many ills and physicians once used it to stimulate appetite, relieve chronic pain, and treat asthma and migraines. But is marijuana really a medical miracle. If so, do its clinical benefits outweigh its drawbacks. Should we legalize marijuana. Is medical marijuana really worth the risks. These are the issues one needs to think about before making the decision to legalize marijuana. Marijuana is a drug that is derived from the dried and cut leaves of the hemp plant known as "cannabis sativa"....   [tags: Medicine Drugs Essays]
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Medical Marijuana - Medical Marijuana Marijuana is medicine. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments. Marijuana (Cannabis sativa L.) was legal in the United States for all purposes - industrial and recreational, as well as medicinal until 1937. Today, only eight Americans are legally allowed to use marijuana as medicine. NORML is working to restore marijuana's availability as medicine. Medicinal Value Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known....   [tags: Medicine Drugs Essays] 1534 words
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Medicinal Marijuana - Medicinal Marijuana Joycelyn Elders, former Surgeon General, once spoke about the legalization of marijuana for medical use in a press conference. "It's criminal to keep this medicine from patients," she said (Silverman, 1995, pg. 2). She received criticism not only from many citizens of the United States, but also strong criticism from the President who appointed her. The legalization of marijuana for medical use has always been a sharply debated subject, and many of the debaters are uneducated about the effects of using this illegal drug for therapeutic use....   [tags: Research Papers Medicine Medical Papers]
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Legalizing Marijuana - Legalizing Marijuana Why marijuana. Why legalize marijuana for recreational use. I think the question we should ask ourselves is ?why not?. Are there any benefits. Again, the focus is misplaced. The question should be how do the benefits of decriminalizing marijuana far outweigh the negative aspects. Why was marijuana made illegal in the first place. Marijuana is certainly not illegal due to health concerns, because if that were the case alcohol and tabacco would be illegal as well. The fact is Americans demand the freedom to choose....   [tags: Papers Weed Drugs Legalization Essays]
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Legalizing Marijuana - Legalizing Marijuana Legalization of Marijuana has been an issue in the country for around sixty years. Why have we made an issue of it. Why will people not just give up the fight for legalization. After all, marijuana is a drug. It sometimes leads to the use of more dangerous drugs like heroin or cocaine. There are several reasons people fight for this drug, and many devote countless hours to this seemingly hopeless cause. Marijuana is known as a gateway drug because it leads in some cases to more serious drugs....   [tags: Papers] 514 words
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Medical Marijuana - Medical Marijuana Marijuana (cannabis) is a mixture of leaves, stems, and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis sativa. [4] Marijuana is thought by many to be harmful, but it has been proven in fact to be helpful for some people with certain illnesses. [4] When I first started looking into medical marijuana as my research subject, I was curious to see what people my age actually thought about marijuana. I asked twenty of my peers, ranging in age from seventeen to twenty-two, "What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say 'marijuana'?" The responses shocked me: six of them said "getting high," four of them said "damaging drug," and ten of them, fifty percent, said "m...   [tags: Papers] 1186 words
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Marijuana: Legalization - From around 1,000 B.C. until after the American Civil War, the marijuana plant was the world's largest cash crop. Fabric, rope, lighting oil, paper, medicine, food oil, and a source of protein, were just a few of its uses (Overbeck, "Billion"). It's hard to imagine a plant this great had been outlawed. There have been many misnomers and lies that have been spread about the usage of marijuana. In Bruce Goldstein's book, Psychology, three major studies were conducted on the effects of long-time marijuana usage....   [tags: Sociology] 1435 words
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Legalizing Marijuana - What is Marihuana. This question has been turned inside out. In some of the discussions of effects and orientations different people had varied concepions of marihuana. It seems to moft people it is more of a social object. As one experiences the use the definition of marihuana comes to light. The experience of the use of it whether good or bad defines Marihuana comes to light. The experience of the use the definition of marihuana. A survey was made in a simple random sample of 300 students represention about 60 percent of the student bady at a midwest college....   [tags: Illegal Drugs] 1032 words
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Legalizing Marijuana - Legalizing Marijuana Drugs are a major influential force in our country today. The problem has gotten so out of hand that many options are being considered to control it or even solve it. Ending the drug war seems to be a bit impossible. The war on drugs seems to be accomplishing a lot but this is not true. Different options need to be considered. Legalization is an option that hasn't gotten a chance but should be given one. Although many people feel that legalizing marijuana would increase the amount of use, marijuana should be legalized because it will reduce the great amounts of money spent on enforcement and it will increase our country’s revenue....   [tags: Drugs Weed Legal Argumentative Essays] 795 words
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Against Medical Marijuana - There currently exists some controversy concerning smoking marijuana as a medicine. Many well-intentioned leaders and members of the public have been misled by the well-financed and organized pro-drug legalization lobby into believing there is merit to their argument that smoking marijuana is a safe and effective medicine. A review of the scientific research, expert medical testimony, and government agency findings shows this to be erroneous. There is no justification for using marijuana as a medicine....   [tags: Drugs Legalization Weed Argumentative] 1419 words
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Marijuana Vs Tobacco - Marijuana Vs Tobacco Nowadays there is a big dilemma to whether legalize marijuana or not and whether marijuana is really a lot more dangerous than tobacco. There are big differences between the two of them, but there is, without any doubt, one that has a lot more negative effects on the human body and the human brain than the other....   [tags: Compare Contrast Smoking Weed Cigarettes]
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