Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Legalizing Marijuana
Devin Lambert
Comp 1
Mr. Swenson
May 6, 2015

Abstract. To many people around the world, it’s a relaxing herb, something to pull the mind from the hassles of reality. The smell is unforgettable, the potency can be various, and there are approximately seventy million people smoking it in the United States alone. You guessed it, I’m talking about Cannabis, the illegal drug known as marijuana. Quite recently, there has been a great deal of controversy involving marijuana. This controversy began three years ago in 2012, when the states of Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use as well as medical use. In the year 2014, the states of Alaska and Oregon followed suit. Other
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The first records of the drug being used for medical purposes were as early as 4000 BC, in ancient China. It was used as an anesthetic during medical operations and was even used during childbirth.
Marijuana soon spread from China to Korea, and then to India. By 1400 BC, cannabis had been established in cultures of the Middle East. It spread into Europe, and arrived on the shores of Great Britain with the Anglo Saxon invasions in the fifth century. Marijuana finally arrived on the shores of the continental United States in 1607 at the English settlement of Jamestown in Virginia. Marijuana and how it works. Marijuana (also called pot, weed, or Mary Jane) is the name used to describe the seeds, flowers, and leaves in the hemp plant of the genus Cannabis. There are three main species of Cannabis, Cannabis Indica, Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis Ruderalis. The main type of marijuana that has been used throughout history has been Cannabis Sativa. Marijuana is typically found as a shredded, green-brown mixture of the flowers, leaves, and stems from Cannabis Sativa. Most people smoke marijuana by rolling it like a cigarette, called joints. People also put it in hollow cigars, called blunts, and some people even mix it into food such as brownies and tea. There are over five hundred different types of
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