Marijuana, Pot, Weed

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“Marijuana”, “pot”, or “weed” are some of the distinguished nicknames used to reference the plant Cannabis in our society. Cannabis, as defined on Webster’s online dictionary, is a “drug (such as marijuana or hashish) that comes from the hemp plant and is smoked illegally”. However, up until 1996, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the use of medical marijuana has been legalized in 20 states and Washington D.C. Yet, under the Federal government, the legalization of medical marijuana in various states does not legitimize nor protect the medical use of the drug itself – it is still considered a Federal offense (The White House). The intention of the states legalizing the use of medical marijuana was to decriminalize the use of marijuana for approved medical conditions and purposes. The states which have legalized the use of medical marijuana have done so through the citizen initiative and the formal legislative process (The White House). Still, legalizing the use of medical marijuana has not been sufficient for some citizens as they are pushing for the legalization of cannabis in a whole. In fact, most recently, few states have adopted the legalization of recreational cannabis which is causing great controversy not only in government but in local state agencies as the separation of medical and recreational use is becoming blurred and forgotten. This analysis examines the new legalization of recreational cannabis and medical marijuana, and how the
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