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Marijuana Essay

2389 words - 10 pages

Destinee’ Parker
Intro to Comp.
11 November 2013

Legalizing Marijuana
Marijuana was not known to be illegal at a point in time; back in 7,000 B.C it was legal. Marijuana also known as the hemp plant had a number of uses such as; woven fabric from hemp, food, cloth, rope, and much more. A man by the name Harry J. Anslinger came along, who seeked career opportunity with the Bureau of Narcotics. He didn’t feel as if cocaine would be enough to get his company up and starting as fast as he wanted, so he took on marijuana and started working on making it illegal at the federal level. Anslinger stated “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are ...view middle of the document...

It is unclear at this time that legalizing marijuana will become fruition, due to the fact that federal government does not find in the favor of classifying marijuana as a prescribed drug, even though studies have shown that marijuana can be very beneficial in the medical field.
I began my research on the legalization of marijuana, by searching for articles that provided me with the most useful information about the laws of marijuana. I typed in marijuana legalized, several articles had popped up, but one that stood out to me was the state medical marijuana laws. After reading through this article to assure that it was indeed creditable when I discovered the article had done several different articles about the laws of marijuana , even though there were a couple of moments where I felt like the author was becoming biased, the article in general was more editorial. The article provided evidence and creditable sources that supported the author’s points on the legalization of marijuana which convicted me that this article would be good addition to add to my paper. The first part of this article started with a quote “Scientific data indicate that potential therapeutic value of cannabinoid drugs, primary THC, for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation; smoked marijuana, however, is a crude THC delivery system that also delivers harmful substances. The psychological effects are potentially undesirable for certain patients and situations and beneficial for others in addition; psychological effects can complicate the interpretation of other aspects of the drugs effect” (Hanson 1). I had wondered what about THC is so harmful if it is being smoked. I decided to continue reading to the section about state vs. federal perspective on the legalization of marijuana. On a federal level marijuana remains classified as a schedule I substance. Not knowing what a schedule I substance is I looked it up and according to the medical dictionary it is a category of drugs not considered legitimate for medical use. In addition a memo was sent to the federal prosecutor stating that by law officials really cannot arrest people who distribute medical marijuana. Hanson mentions that the U.S Department of Justice looks forward to Colorado and Washington coming up with some dependable, fulfilling work and will extend the dispute their facing with the legalization rights at this moment. Although, some states with medical marijuana laws typically have some kinds of laws, which might provide protection for anyone who is in control of a certain amount of marijuana for personal use. I agree with the statement about not arresting people who to distributes medical marijuana. Of course I feel as if that job should only be made from a doctor or anyone who is certified to prescribe medical marijuana. If the person is not certified then they should in fact be arrested. After, reading this article I went back and researched exactly what is THC and why...

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