Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1055 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Kyle Layne
Mrs. Grubbs
English 1301
8 December 2015
Marijuana Industry For America By now everyone in the United States has heard of some of the states legalizing marijuana for medical use, recreational use, or both. The marijuana industry is starting to boom, raking in millions of dollars. But some people are still confused about the whole thing. How is an illegal drug under federal law gaining so much momentum? If it 's so bad for you how are people benefiting from its medical properties? The American public needs to know the difference between the myths and the facts about marijuana, the medical benefits that marijuana has, the financial benefits for the country, and why it should be legalized throughout the country for recreational and medical use. There are a lot of stereotypes about marijuana that should be addressed. First to explain how it works, as research done by author Michelle Johnson indicates, “ Federally funded research in the 1980s and ’90s found that the human body’s endocannabinoid system helps to regulate body functions such as temperature, sleep, appetite and inflammation, says Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather, president of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians in Sebastopol, Calif. Marijuana binds to the body’s cannabinoid receptors and mimics the effects of the body’s naturally occurring cannabinoids. Marijuana’s two main cannabinoids are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which makes people high, and CBD, cannabidiol, which doesn’t” (Johnson). The research…

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