Critical Issue in Criminal Justice JUS-250
April 17, 2014
Legalization of Marijuana the New Drug War
Looking back on reading articles and doing major research it was determined that the marijuana/hemp plant has been around since the world began. To track its roots was difficult at best, yet finding evidence as early as 7000 to 8000 years before Christ, when it was accepted that the first woven fabric was obtained from the hemp plant. The marijuana/hemp plant has many uses such as cloth, clothing, rope, incense and food (Guither).
Jamestown Colony, Virginia had laws that would require farmers to grow hemp. At Mount Vernon George Washington grew hemp as a ...view middle of the document...
Some of the conditions are; Cancer, AIDS, HIV, Seizures, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stress Related Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Conditions and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Medical Marijuana Laws). Thirty-six states currently allow marijuana to be dispensed as a therapeutic drug for various diseases, trauma, side effects of treatments and some anxiety and mental health disorders.
In 2012, there were 749,825 persons arrested for marijuana law violations and the largest number was for simple possession, with racial minorities African-American and Hispanics being excessively represented. Most marijuana users never use another drug. Marijuana potency is not correlated to dependence or health impacts. Marijuana can be consumed for some but not all mental health disorders (10 Facts About Marijuana). Inflating numbers for treatment is a visual image of the criminal justice system’s leading role in the war on drugs, rather than enlarge rates of clinical dependence.
Marijuana can be used as a shield against the formation of cancer cells. Marijuana has proven reliable in treating the symptoms of medical conditions and the body’s endocannabinoid system may explain why. Rates of marijuana use among young people tend to decrease when a state adopts medical marijuana program. Marijuana does not cause long or short term memory damage in adult users but can have memory and developmental inhibitors in children. There is no compelling evidence that using marijuana and driving will cause more accidents and result in more fatalities than any other drug (10 Facts About...