Reforming Marijuana: Marijuana Should Be Legalized

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When someone hears the term “Marijuana” the first thing that comes into the mind is that it's a drug which is illegal. Some people believe that the only use of marijuana plant is that it can get you high, which isn't true. The Marijuana, cannabis, or hemp plant is one of the oldest psychoactive plants known to man. Many people fail to realize that marijuana has a history of more than 8000 years and it has only been illegal for a short period of time. Its history dates back as far as 6000 B.C , when cannabis seeds were used as food in early Chinese traditions. People have used the hemp plant for fabric , ropes and even ethanol fuel. False myths have discredited marijuana for a long time, marijuana not only provides benefits in the field of medicine but it can also help our economy improve and save billions of tax dollars through legalization.
Despite claims from opponents Marijuana is as safe as tobacco or safer, and can provide health benefits. Recent research done by mark pletcher has found smoking marijuana on a casual level doesn’t harm your lungs. In fact Marijuana on low doses for a long period of time can strengthen and open lung capacity. (Pletcher) Casual smoking of natural marijuana doesn’t harm your lungs compared to tobacco which has added chemicals. Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette, 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer. Cristina Sanchez a biologist at Complutense University in Madrid was screening brain cancer cells

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