Should Marijuana Be Legal?

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Keith Macalino
ENC 1102
Cannabis Can The marijuana movement is more prevalent now than ever. Just recently, two other states have joined Colorado and Washington in the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. On the other hand, the state of Florida did not pass the bill to approve medical marijuana. Although more and more states have begun to see the benefits in legalizing marijuana, many states maintain the view that smoking marijuana is criminal despite the many advantages it poses. Marijuana offers medical and industrial benefits that the United States government should take advantage of. Marijuana comes from the plant Cannabis. Cannabis is a type of flowering plant and is categorized by three different species: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. Cannabis Sativa and Indica produce most of the dried leaves that we known as Marijuana. Cannabis Ruderalis also has Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive element in marijuana (also known as THC), but is much lower in concentration so it is rarely ever used recreationally. Cannabis has been used for hemp, seeds and oil among its medical and recreational uses. Hemp is used for many practical functions and is found in many everyday products. Some uses of hemp include paper, paint, oil, food, rope, and is also used in textiles for clothing. The remarkable thing about hemp is its unmatched growth cycle. The uses for hemp are numerous but its 120-day growth cycle makes it one of
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