Essay on Legalization of Marijuana

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Government prohibition of marijuana is the subject of ongoing debate. Many have pursued the legalization of marijuana for a variety of reasons – some seek legal marijuana for personal use, while others hope to legalize in order to reduce our Nation’s debt. People argue over the moral implications of permitting the widespread recreational and medicinal use of a ‘schedule 1’ drug. Lately, there has been a great deal of focus on the monetary value in the form of taxation revenue with respect to the legal production and distribution of marijuana. The United States is in debt; currently we stand at a deficit of $12.6 trillion ( Our Nation’s leaders have been implementing many different strategies to boost our…show more content…
The act also legitimized the term ‘marijuana’ as a label for both hemp and cannabis products. The act did not officially criminalize hemp, however, it made it increasingly difficult and painstaking to produce, requiring the grower to jump through numerous legal hoops before sowing any seed. Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is the psychoactive compound produced by both marijuana and hemp. Once heated, the compound activates and can then be inhaled or consumed. Once in the bloodstream, the THC flows the to the brain where it activates cannabinoid receptors. Within two to five minutes, the user will then begin to feel the ‘high’. Effects include euphoria, relaxation, increased libido, and an increased appreciation of music, art and humor. Also, cannabis increases appetite, which can aid those with little desire to eat. These affects have proven very remedial for medical patients suffering from cancer, for those undergoing chemotherapy, and for persons suffering from glaucoma ( In fourteen states across America the use of medical marijuana has been legalized. People suffering from sleep-deprivation, constant migraines, post-operation pain, depression, nausea, and vomiting have found marijuana to be very helpful in diminishing their symptoms. In these states, patients can purchase a medical marijuana card ranging anywhere from $25-$100, and can then buy marijuana from
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