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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 Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Use - The Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Use Picture in your mind a young girl that is almost done with her freshman year of high school. These next few years are supposed to be some of the best years of this girl’s life. But instead of this young girl worrying about what clothes she is going to wear, or how she is going to style her hair, she has to worry about side effects of chemotherapy. Melinda has been diagnosed with Hodskins Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, at age fifteen. When all the other fifteen-year-old girls are busy chasing boys and dealing will all the drama that comes with high school Melinda is in the hospital getting blood transfusions because the chemo has deplete...   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers] 1501 words
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Research on the Legalization of Marijuana - Research on the Legalization of Marijuana Americans have been trying to legalize marijuana for years. It seems that all of their opinions divide into three basic groups. Many think that it is not worth legalizing marijuana, many seem to think it should be legalized, and a group of people say it should only be legalized for medicinal purposes. In the following paragraphs I will try to show you reason for all three opinions. My hopes of doing this research project were to specifically determine what effects marijuana in combination with different substances had on the body....   [tags: Papers] 3101 words
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Reasons for the Legalization of Marijuana - The "War on Drugs" has been fighting a tough opponent over the past few decades. Aimed at cutting down on drug use and sales, this "war" has brought many negative side effects along with it. Aside from limiting the freedoms of millions of Americans, The War on Drugs has caused many more problems while also managing to fail at drug deterrence and distribution. Since many citizens already back the legalization of marijuana, as demonstrated by Oakland's passing of Measure Z, which makes marijuana related offenses the "lowest priority" to Oakland law enforcement officials (Hill 2004), marijuana should be legalized....   [tags: Current Events] 978 words
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Marijuana in the Past and Present - Marijuana in the Past and Present Marijuana is a mixture of leaves, stems, and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis, it may be smoked or eaten for its hallucinogenic and pleasure-giving effects. Marijuana has not been proven to be physically addicting but, psychological dependence can develop. Many users describe two phases of marijuana intoxication. During the first level the user will experience lightheadedness; next the user will experience peacefulness in the mind. Mood changes are often accompanied by altered perceptions of time....   [tags: Free Essays Online] 1249 words
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Speech on Legalization of Marijuana in Brazil - Speech on Legalization of Marijuana in Brazil Good morning class mates. Today I am going to discuss the legalization of marijuana in Brazil. I strongly believe marijuana should be legalized. I am not here to encourage anyone to use or not use marijuana. Yet I do believe that many current problems may and can be solved by its legalization. Marijuana is the most popular drug in Brazil after tobacco and alcohol. Discrimination is the reason why marijuana has still not been legalized....   [tags: Illegal Drugs Legal] 869 words
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The Many Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana - The Many Benefits of Medicinal Marijuana When the religious leaders of Nicholas Copernicus' time excommunicated him for his radical studies, they ignorantly dismissed a brilliant idea. The idea that the earth revolved around the sun inherently brought controversy upon the traditional styles of science. A controversy our leaders need to examine is the medical use of marijuana. Instead of banning marijuana and ignoring the public voice, our representatives need to examine the facts and effects of marijuana for medical use....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Long Term Effects of Marijuana - The Long Term Effects of Marijuana Marijuana is a drug that divides people. Some people claim it as the wonder drug of the '90s, capable of relieving the symptoms of many serious illnesses. Others curse the day the cannabis plant was ever discovered. From pain relief to stimulating the appetites of patients on chemotherapy, marijuana seems to have plenty going for it as a medicine. The legalization of marijuana is a large controversy in many parts of the world today, but the obvious negative effects that the drug induces has kept it from being legalized....   [tags: social issues] 1214 words
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Opinions on the Use of Marijuana - Opinions on the Use of Marijuana Marijuana is the most widely used drug in the world today. Is marijuana as dangerous as it is made out to be. A large variety of different people have many different opinions depending on their professions. Many doctors disagree with each other and the subject is one of their most controversial topics. Also marijuana as an illegal drug is more wide spread in the U.S. today than it ever has been before. Therefore it is becoming a large problem for law enforcement and many other governmental groups in the U.S....   [tags: Papers] 891 words
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It Is A Bad Idea To Legalize Marijuana - The Legalization of Marijuana Yes, I believe it is a great idea to legalize marijuana. What a great idea. Think of all the good benefits that could come about. The government could tax marijuana like they do tobacco, and it could help our economy out. Think of all the money that could be gathered with this taxing. The prison and jail populations would decline simply because a number of people in prison are there solely because of a marijuana conviction. This would cost tax payers a lot less money, simply because it costs about twenty-seven thousand dollars a year to keep one person in prison....   [tags: against legalization of pot, contrast essay] 1025 words
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Legalization of Marijuana Should Not Happen - The legalization of marijuana is a very controversial issue that is being debated across the United States. In the article "Going to Pot?," by Damon Linker, Linker attempts to persuade readers that legalizing of marijuana can cause more harm than help. This publication was released in November of 2001. Although two other writers, Richard Lowry and Andrew Sullivan, try to change readers beliefs Linker maintains his stance against marijuana. Without discrediting their facts he explains and defends why he feels they are wrong....   [tags: cannabis should not be legal] 967 words
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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 Is Helpful For Medical Use - For years there has been a wonder drug, which has befriended countless sick patients in a number of countries. A relatively inexpensive drug that is not covered by health care plans, which has aided the ill both mentally and physically--marijuana. Significant scientific and medical studies have demonstrated that marijuana is safe for use under medical supervision and that the cannabis plant, in its natural form, has important therapeutic benefits that are often of critical medical importance to persons afflicted with a variety of Life-threatening illnesses....   [tags: medical cannabis should be legal ] 596 words
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No to tje Legality of Marijuana - Marijuana, also spelled marihuana is the dried leaves of the cannabis plant. These dried leaves are usually smoked in a pipe or rolled into a cigar or cigarette. Some street names for this individual drug are pot, grass, herb, and ganja. Marijuana can also be taken orally in the form of food or drink to receive the same effect (Britannica). Marijuana is classified as a hallucinogen but not rightfully so because it is not as severe as some of the other drugs in this category. The major psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol)....   [tags: hash should not be legal] 1002 words
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The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana - The Benefits Of Medical Marijuana Are you sick of hearing your girlfriend nagging you about letting go of your pot pasttime. Have you been hearing a lot of negative things about the use of marijuana lately. Would you like to know what the real deal is behind the use of this infamous drug. Then read on because you're in for a surprise. One of the saddest things in North America is the lack of clinical trials on marijuana use. Many other countries in the world have already performed such tests in order to destroy myths about this drug, which has been in use for thousands of years......   [tags: Papers] 914 words
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Marijuana, Should It Be Legalized? - Marijuana, Should It Be Legalized. "Did you know that Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States" (Marijuana, par. 10). "Marijuana contains more than 400 chemicals, including most of the harmful substances found in tobacco smoke. Smoking one marijuana cigarette deposits about four times more tar into the lungs than a filtered tobacco cigarette" (Marijuana, par. 11). These types of statistics might make one wonder, is marijuana really as harmful of a drug as most would think....   [tags: Weed Drugs Legalization Debate] 1028 words
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The Various Purposes of Marijuana - The Various Purposes of Marijuana Throughout history marijuana has been used to serve various purposes in many different cultures. The purposeshave changed over time to fit in with the current lifestyles. This pattern isalso true in American history. The use of marijuana has adapted to the socialclimate of the time. Marijuana, whose scientific name is cannabis sativa, wasmentioned in historical manuscripts as early as 2700 B. C. in China. (GrolierElectronic Encyclopedia, 1995). The cultivation of the marijuana plant began asfar back as the Jamestown settlers, around 1611, which used hemp produced fromthe marijuana plant's fibers to make rope and canvas....   [tags: Papers] 997 words
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Marijuana: Friend to the Dying - Marijuana: Friend to the Dying Peter is an AIDS patient. The violent nausea caused by the handfuls of pills he must take every day prevents anything he eats from staying down. Even the pill to calm the vomiting won't stay in his stomach long enough to take effect. He has lost nearly forty pounds and is unrecognizable, even to himself. He has given up on life, and he dreads each day because of the pain and the sorrow it brings. Now imagine there's a drug that may help Peter, a drug that helps him keep food down or even makes him hungry, a drug that helps him gain weight, a drug that gives him the hope that he will live long enough to see a cure, a drug that helps him accept what's ha...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1153 words
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The Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana -      Marijuana use is on the rise, especially among teenagers and young adults. With the recent laws passed in eight states, legalizing medical marijuana many stand divided when it comes to this never ending debate, but I firmly believe that this miracle working drug should be legalized throughout the United States. Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illegal drug. Statistics show that over 70 million Americans have tried Marijuana and more that 20 million smoked it last year. So it is safe to assume that although marijuana use may decrease in the years to come, as did Heroin and LSD, it is here to stay....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Drugs Essays Weed]
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The Menacing Effects of Marijuana - The Menacing Effects of Marijuana The intake of marijuana can have several different effects. The user may experience a feeling of euphoria, increased laughter or happiness, as well as a relaxed passive mood. The user may experience difficulties with short-term memory, attention span may be decreased, and senses may be distracted. Many users also report losing track of time, experiencing paranoia and anxiety, and having hallucinations. Their eyes may become bloodshot because of the dilation of blood vessels in the eye whites....   [tags: Drugs Substance Abuse Essays]
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Argument for Legalization of Marijuana - Marijuana has become one of the most controversial drugs in America. Ever since its cultivation began around 1611, marijuana has puzzled people with its effects. Many question marijuana?s classification as a schedule one drug. A schedule one drug is one that has a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value. Some argue that the war on drugs, in particular marijuana, has cost taxpayers billions and is wasting funds that could be used on more important tasks such as improving transportation or education....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Weed Drugs Legal Essays] 1456 words
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The Various Purposes of Marijuana - The Various Purposes of Marijuana Throughout history marijuana has been used to serve various purposes in many different cultures. The purposes have changed over time to fit in with the current lifestyles. This pattern is also true in American history. The use of marijuana has adapted to the social climate of the time. Marijuana, whose scientific name is cannibis sativa, was mentioned in historical manuscripts as early as 2700 B. C. in China. (Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia, 1995). The cultivation of the marijuana plant began as far back as the Jamestown settlers, around 1611, who used hemp produced from the marijuana plant's fibers to make rope and canvas....   [tags: Papers] 3050 words
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Legalizing Marijuana Will Drecrease Use - Legalization of Marijuana Should marijuana be legalized. This has been an enormous controversial issue for the last couple of decades. It’s a drug that can be good for you, yet cause many great dangers. There are many views supporting and opposing the legalization of cannabis. A patient suffering from AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other serious conditions often find marijuana the most effective treatment. In some cases it may be the only remedy. (2nd or not) As of November 2000, there are only 8 patients receiving marijuana legally as a form of medication....   [tags: weed argumentative essay]
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Why Marijuana Should be Legalized - According to archeologists, the cannabis plant was among the first crops purposely cultivated by human beings at least 6,000 years ago and perhaps even more than 12,000 years ago. It is considered by many to be one of the most resourceful crops on earth. It can be used for industrial, medical, and recreational purposes. Rather than waging war on marijuana users, this resourceful crop should be legalized and utilized. The cannabis sativa plant produces more protein, oil, and fiber than any other plant on earth....   [tags: essays research papers] 607 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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Should Marijuana be Legalized? - Should Marijuana be Legalized. Every 54 seconds, someone in the country is arrested for smoking marijuana. While some see this as a sign of the epidemic proportions of marijuana use in this country and as support for a continued crackdown; others argue that pot arrests are a waste of time and money, and a sign that it’s -- forgive the pun -- high time to legalize marijuana. What do you think: should lighting up a joint, join, beer drinking and puffing tobacco as an inalienable American rights. Supporters of legalized marijuana argue that it should be legalized to protect the greater social good, to prevent government hypocrisy towards recreational drug use, and to protect individual rights o...   [tags: Papers Weed Drugs Legalization Essays] 1423 words
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Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana - In the U.S., cannabis sativa, also known as marijuana, is illegal for medicinal purposes only because the federal law places it in Schedule I, a category for drugs that have been deemed unsafe, highly subject to abuse, and possessing no medicinal value. After much scientific research, and investigations of evidence, this has been proven to be quite inaccurate. First of all, Judge Francis L. Young, concluded not only that marijuana’s medical utility had been adequately demonstrated, but also that marijuana had been shown to be “one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man” (“Medical Marijuana Briefing..)....   [tags: medical cannabis should be legal] 525 words
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Marijuana Should Be Legalized - One of the biggest issues argued about all over congress, the media, and in public resides in our country’s War on Drugs. One of the primary focuses of the War on Drugs targets the controversial drug marijuana. Marijuana remains the most widely used illegal drug and stirs up constant debate everywhere. The . Starting in the early 1900’s, marijuana was labeled the drug that transformed people into criminals while causing women to lose all control of themselves in a state of ecstasy. People now see these reports were obviously wrong, but marijuana is still viewed as the drug that turns people into idiots....   [tags: legalization of pot] 932 words
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Medicinal Benefits of Marijuana - Medicinal Benefits of Marijuana Marijuana when used in the medical sense is beneficial to not only the patient’s health but to their financial status as well. In this report you’ll see many reasons why we believe this. Medical marijuana is used in many treatments. We are not obviously the only people who believe this either. In the last 20 years, 36 states have passed some form of legislation recognizing the medical value of marijuana. In 1996, voters in both Arizona and California passed laws allowing the medical use of marijuana....   [tags: Papers] 825 words
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Controversy of Legalizing Marijuana - Controversy of Legalizing Marijuana America is the land of the free and the foundation of democracy. This countries foundation is based on the fact that an individual can enjoy freedom from oppression and the minority's opinions can be heard along with the majority's. Our government is designed to be fair and open minded, to be a servant to the people it governs. Unfortunately once an opinion is placed into the collective mind of society, it is a struggle to alter that opinion through argument and information....   [tags: Papers] 2322 words
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Should We Legalize Marijuana? - Should We Legalize Marijuana. In the perspective of America's war on drugs, marijuana is one of the biggest enemies. And since alcohol and tobacco, two life threatening substances, are legal it is a relevant question to ask why marijuana is illegal. The taxpayers of America can partly answer this question when they fill out their tax forms and when they hear the hash rhetoric used against marijuana by the government. The fact that marijuana is illegal is sufficiently caused by the amount of money, jobs, and pride invested in the drug war....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1275 words
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Psychological Effects of Marijuana - Psychological Effects of Marijuana Marijuana tends to be disassociated with the conventional spectrum of drugs in today's society. Certainly we can agree that cocaine, ecstasy, and heroine are drugs and thus highly addictive and dangerous. But can marijuana be mentioned in the same breath as these drugs. It is not my point nor belief to disagree that marijuana is a drug that can be addictive. I place strong emphasis however on the fact that physical dependency is not nearly as common as psychological dependency among marijuana users....   [tags: Papers] 1099 words
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Legalization of Medicinal Marijuana - During the Carter, Reagan, and Bush administrations, eight people in the United States were allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes under the Compassionate Investigative New Drug program. However, since the Clinton administration no new applications have been accepted. Therefore, other patients who need marijuana to alleviate the nausea and loss of appetite associated with the AIDS viruses and cancer chemotherapy, as well as to treat glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain, and other ailments must continue to suffer without the use of marijuana....   [tags: pot should be legal] 600 words
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Marijuana Should be Legalized - I believe that marijuana should be legalized. I believe that if the goverment did so the National debt would be greatly decreased by the money it would make from the taxation of marijuana and also from the decrease in law enforcement and jail cost that is caused by the "criminal" aspects of marijuana. I believe that the use of marijuana would be more likely to go down than up with the legalization of it. I believe this because half the reason some people use it is the appeal of doing something illegal....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 882 words
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Marijuana Should Be Legalized - Marijuana Should Be Legalized I stand pretty hard on this one. And many of my peers as well. The ones that don’t are mostly the “serious middle age citizens”, as they enjoy calling themselves. The grandmas and grandpas don’t even know about this issue, so they are not as loud on it. Lucky us. The fact is, majority of the marijuana consumers are we, the young people. Why do we do it. Why not. We are young and we want to have fun. Getting high gets our boredom away. It is easy for the “serious middle aged citizens” to say that this is a poor reason but, after all, they are “serious”....   [tags: Papers] 885 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 (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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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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