Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

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Marijuana has been illegal since the early 1900s, but not for the reasons most people think. The real reason has nothing to do with its effects on the mind and body. The hemp plant is a danger to oil companies, alcohol, tobacco industries, and many chemical corporations. Their manipulation in the 1900s is the reason people see it as a harmful drug today, when in reality it is a medicine. Given a bad reputation over the years, no one finds the time to do their own research and find out the facts; they simply believe what they’ve been told. Marijuana is illegal because billionaires owning large companies want to remain billionaires, legalizing marijuana could severely cut their profits. One of the ways the hemp plant was used in America…show more content…
This single resource could have created millions of new jobs generating thousands of quality products. Hemp would have brought America out of the Great Depression. William Randolph Hearst and the Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division of Kimberly Clark owned vast acreage of timberlands. The Hearst Company supplied most paper products. They could’ve lost billions of dollars due to the hemp plant. In 1937, DuPont patented the processes to make plastics from oil and coal. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, and dacron could now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization would have ruined over 80% of DuPont’s business. Andrew Mellon became President Hoover’s Secretary of the Treasury and DuPont’s primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Hemp was declared dangerous and a threat to billion dollar enterprises. These men took an obscure Mexican slang word: “marijuana” and pushed it into the consciousness of America. Mexicans used the word “marijuana” when applied to the flower and bud of a hemp plant, strictly the medicine part. In the late 1920s and 1930s, Hearst’s newspapers ran stories about the horrors of marijuana. Readers learned that it was responsible for everything from car accidents to loose morality. Films such as Reefer Madness in 1936, Marijuana: Assassin of Youth in 1935 and
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