NTRODUCTION TO MARIJUANA:
Marijuana (cannabis, hemp, or hash) has been argued upon amongst the United States for over fifty years. As well its various functions, both therapeutic and in trade, our government insists on preserving the status quo that the development, possession and use of marijuana is criminal despite the evidence that the legalization of marijuana would have a positive influence on America.
In this paper I will talk about the history of marijuana, the industrial uses of hemp, the ban of marijuana, the economical impact prohibition has on America, the effects of cannabis use on the brain and the physical structure, marijuana for medical purpose, and how legalization of marijuana would have a positive influence on…show more content… FN2
Cannabis has been practiced throughout history; in 6000 B.C. cannabis seeds were applied as food in China; in 4000 B.C. the Chinese used textiles made of cannabis; the first recorded usage of marihuana as medicine in China was in 2727 B.C.; and in 1500 B.C. the Chinese cultivated Cannabis for food and fiber. This time line extends on and on right through today.
HEMP AND ITS MANY USES:
It is believed that cannabis was first brought to the New World in 1545 by the Spanish; it was brought out in Jamestown by the English in 1611 where it became a major commercial crop alongside tobacco and was developed as a origin of roughage. Our forefathers grew hemp; in fact, it was the principal crop at Mount Vernon and it was a secondary crop at Monticello. In that location are recorded notes made by George Washington regarding the cultivation and harvesting of hemp. These hemp crops, of course, were grown for industrial use only and there is no reading that our forefathers were using their crops recreationally! Today the hemp grown for industrial purposes has extremely low levels of THC (Delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol delta 9-THC, the active ingredient in cannabis) therefore it is impossible to get high from such hemp grown for industrial usage.
During the Colonial Era Americans were legally bound to produce cannabis. During the Second World War the federal government subsidized hemp and US farmers produced