Essay about Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

998 Words Apr 24th, 2016 4 Pages
LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
What are a few reasons for legalizing Marijuana? Marijuana is a controversial topic among society and the government. Marijuana prohibition has been the subject of an ongoing argument, as far back as Richard Nixon, who declared the first “war on drugs.” Many make claims about cannabis in recent history; facts are slowly beginning to surface. We know that people may consume the drug for personal use, but how about benefiting a patient with sickness and disorders. Unfortunately, people who smoke marijuana are stereotyped as lazy or unmotivated and referred to “pot heads”. The rising cost of the drug war is impossible to ignore. If marijuana was legalized, the resources used to fight marijuana can be for education on drugs and rehabilitation. Overall, legalizing marijuana can benefit society, more than the old ideology.
HISTORY OF MARIJUANA
“Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since the ancient times: it was described in a Chinese medical reference traditionally considered to a date from 2737 B.C. Its use spread from China to India and then to N. Africa and reached Europe at least as early as A.D. 500.” “In 1545, the Spanish brought marijuana to the New World. The English introduced it in Jamestown in 1611 where it became a major commercial crop alongside tobacco and was grown as a source of fiber. The focus was on its powers as a medication for rheumatism, gout, malaria, and oddly enough, absent-mindedness. Mention was…

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