The Issue of Legalizing Marijuana

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The argument of legalizing marijuana has been in the forefront of politics in the United States of America for the last few years. Marijuana comes from the plant Cannabis sativa which has been used throughout history in religious practices, medicine, paper, fiber, and recreation. Its use was banned in the United States of America during the 1930s. This ban was due to public fears surrounding the negative social effects of the drug. Not only were many of these negative effects exaggerated, but the use of this plant has been shown to have many positive attributes. Allowing citizens of the United States of America to plant marijuana could help save the environment. Allowing marijuana to be sold in the United States of America could also help boost the economy. Most of all, the use of marijuana is capable of helping to prevent many individuals who have life-long or terminal diseases from suffering. Marijuana should be legal in all 50 states because of its environmental, economic, and medical benefits. Throughout thousands of years of history, marijuana was not seen as a harmful plant. Randi Mehling, author of the nonfiction book Marijuana, states “the plant was first cultivated 12,000 years ago. According to written accounts, it has been used for medicinal purposes for over 5,000 years as a Chinese remedy” (Mehling 8). According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, due to hemps use in making paper and rope, Queen Elizabeth I passed a law stating if a person
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