Essay about The Debate over the Legalization of Marijuana

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The debate over whether or not marijuana should be legalized has been active throughout the United States for nearly a century with arguments from both sides, pro and con, posing quite valid points. Research has proven that cannabis, in various forms, has been used for hundreds of years for recreational, medicinal and industrial purposes. Contrary to common misconception, cannabis, or marijuana, is not smoked in all forms. Only the flowers, or buds, and leaves are harvested for recreational use. Some believe that the legalization of marijuana could save the economy and would lower crime rates in certain areas. Marijuana can also be prescribed medically in certain states across the U.S. and is a Schedule I controlled substance, but THC, the …show more content…
The debate over whether or not marijuana should be legalized has been active throughout the United States for nearly a century with arguments from both sides, pro and con, posing quite valid points. Research has proven that cannabis, in various forms, has been used for hundreds of years for recreational, medicinal and industrial purposes. Contrary to common misconception, cannabis, or marijuana, is not smoked in all forms. Only the flowers, or buds, and leaves are harvested for recreational use. Some believe that the legalization of marijuana could save the economy and would lower crime rates in certain areas. Marijuana can also be prescribed medically in certain states across the U.S. and is a Schedule I controlled substance, but THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, is a Schedule III controlled substance. Though it is not federally legal, there seems to be a reoccurring pattern throughout the United States of decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes. Proof of medicinal use of marijuana dates back over five thousand years ago in China (Mehling 9). Many think that cannabis originated in central Asia. The first hemp crop planted in America was said to have been planted by English colonists in 1611 near Jamestown, Virginia. Even in the sixteen hundreds hemp was mandated by England due to their reliance on the plant for items such as paper, linens, ropes and sails (Mehling 10). Aside from the uses that were discovered by early English
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