Should Marijuana Be Legal?

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To understand the controversy about marijuana, it is helpful to first look at its history. Marijuana (or Cannabis as it was originally known) has been found as far back as the 3rd millennium BC in burial sites in Romania. Over the centuries it has been found to have been used for medicinal purposes in China and other countries, as well as for religious and spiritual ceremonies in many different countries. Cannabis was brought to America in the early years, grown as a crop, and used medicinally. In the early 1900s, along with prohibition of alcohol, the attitude about the use of cannabis started to change for many people. On the other hand, the U.S. pharmaceutical farms were expanding production and by 1918 were growing 60,000 pounds annually (ProConorg Headlines). It was Harry J. Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, who was key in changing the country’s opinion on marijuana in 1930. He started the war on drugs, asserting that marijuana caused insanity and caused people to do criminal acts. At the same time, aspirin and other pain relievers were introduced making marijuana less prescribed. This is also the time that the name “marijuana” really became popular. Even though prohibition was repealed for alcohol in 1936, the Federal government and all states had banned the use of marijuana by 1937. Whether marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes or for recreational purposes or decriminalized has been in the news in recent…

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