Essay on Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

759 Words Mar 12th, 2016 4 Pages
“If it’s green, it must be healthy,” this stereotypical phrase has been recycled in different ways numerous times throughout the years. One would automatically assume that the word “green” refers to plants and vegetables, but one would never think of a possibility that the word “green” could be referring to marijuana as well. Within the recent years, the topic of legalization of recreational or medicinal cannabis use in the U.S. has been quite prominent. This issue is imperative because if made legal, marijuana could possibly benefit the U.S. in many ways. There are actually some states in the U.S. that have already legalized marijuana, either recreationally or medicinally, such as Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The usage of cannabis goes all the way back to the mid-1500s, where it had advanced from the Islamic empire to North Africa. In the early 1600s, marijuana was popularized by the English in Jamestown. This eventually lead to the plant becoming a commercial crop, which would place it in the same category as tobacco. Marijuana or “hemp” contains a durable fiber, leading to the production of fine linen, clothes, rope, and canvas. Around the 1920s, consumption of cannabis made its way into the mainstream, but mainly due to people in the music and entertainment business. When the 1930s approached, the reputation of marijuana had begun to change. This was the result from a campaign against marijuana from The Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD),…

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