Legalizing Marijuana in the United States Essay

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We’ve all been told not to use drugs starting at a very young age. We’re told they very bad for you and can even cause death. As a child, we always believed what we were told; the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to realize that not all of these “drugs” are as bad for you as we were taught. The particular drug I am speaking about comes from the dried leaves and flowers of a hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa), and goes by the name Marijuana. Marijuana has been prohibited since 1968. You would think that because it is illegal, most would stop using the substance. But in fact, in the past 30 years, 10 million people have been arrested for marijuana offenses in the U.S. (Glasser, 2000) With so many people getting in trouble for this …show more content…

Marijuana also provides a great relief from nausea is an appetite stimulant, helps with depression and is useful for helping people with sleeping difficulties. Other conditions that marijuana may benefit include: seizures, glaucoma, peripheral neuropathy, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, bipolar disorder, Tourette's syndrome, ADD, and panic attacks.
Cannabis has provided millions worldwide with relief from chronic pain caused by a myriad of pain-producing illnesses. Cannabis has significantly improved the quality of life of people with cancer, AIDS, arthritis, and the list goes on. The medical marijuana movement is not concerned with decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis for recreational use. It is concerned with helping people with serious illnesses and disabilities to get on with their lives. (Bearman, 2011) It is a wonder why marijuana is still illegal when it treats so many medical issues. But this is not the only thing the hemp plant can be used for. Selling the buds is not the only way to make money off the hemp plant. Hemp fibers from the stalks have many other uses. Oil extracted from the seeds can be used to lubricate gears and mechanisms in carious cars. The strong hemp fiber has long been used to test the durability of other fibers. Hemp fibers can be made into clothing, rope and paper.
Marijuana can be used for many other things than just the information I provided in this paper. All statistics

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