The Legal Status Of Marijuana Essay

1500 Words Dec 1st, 2014 null Page
It is time to answer that age old question, is it time to change the legal status of marijuana? Depending on who you ask, the answer may be yes without a doubt. To others, it may be a hard no. Marijuana used to not only be legal, but also one of the biggest agricultural crops in the world. Hemp is one of the most durable and natural soft fibers on the face of the earth. The majority of fabric, lighting oil, medicine, paper and fiber came from hemp. The first marijuana law in the United States was a law ordering farmers to grow hemp. In fact, farmers would be fined if they were not growing hemp. This was enacted in the Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. Benjamin Franklin even used hemp to start one of America’s first paper mills. A little unknown fact is that the first two copies of the Declaration of Independence were written on cannabis hemp paper. Hemp also had a superiority for a use as paper. A hemp crop can produce nearly four times as much raw fiber than that of an equivalent sized tree plantation. Another benefit of hemp is that it only takes 4 months to mature, whereas trees take almost 20 years! The thing about industrial hemp was that you could not get high from it. But it was still linked with the hysteria known as “Reefer Madness”. In the early 20th century yellow journalism, or journalism that presents little to no truth, surfaced. Articles depicted Blacks and Mexicans as beasts who had smoked marijuana and listened to jazz, or the “devils” music. This ended up…

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