The hemp plant also known Marijuana, or Cannabis has been around for thousands years to be exact. Though hard to believe Cannabis was once legal. Cannabis was considered to be a house-hold drug, thus curing simple things like headaches, nausea and menstrual cramps. The hemp plant wasn't always used to smoke or to cure sicknesses (Brainz.org). Dried hemp was a key tool needed to make the first fabric known to man, not only used to make fabric, but cannabis seeds were used by the Chinese. Henry Ford made the first Model T with hemp, fueled with hemp ethanol. In 1619 there was a law passed in Jamestown, Virginia Colony, that encouraged farmers grow hemp. Marijuana also became a major item within Central and South Asia trading during this time. George Washington grew hemp as his own crop in 1797; still in the 21st century cannabis is remained banned in the United States, it was until in1840, medicines with cannabis were available in pharmacies within the United States. The world saw in 1937, the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act in the United States. "Harry J. Anslinger, Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner, testified in hearings on the subject that the hemp plant needed to be banned because it had a violent effect on the degenerate races. The law passed quickly and with little debate. The American Medical Association (AMA) protested the law soon after, both on the grounds of disagreement with the law and the supporters' lies on the subject"(Brainz.org). Anslinger and others had claimed the AMA had given false information. This law passed along with the lies regarding the effects of cannabis (Brainz.org). Cannabis should be legal mainly because cannabis would help the economy, and it's much safer than alcohol and tobacco, though cannabis is said to a harmful drug it has positive attributes.
Legalizing cannabis will be a very helpful cause for the economic up roar today. This economic depression has put millions of families in difficult situations, losing their homes, jobs causing them to become poor and homeless. By legalizing marijuana, the government's economic issue will rapidly decease by making cannabis legal and taxing it. Many states all over the United States of America are hurting from this financial crisis, but with the legalization of marijuana the economy would be able to uplift its quickly, the money spent prosecuting, and arresting people for simple marijuana offenses will be better used for more public issues. Local governments could tax the sales of Cannabis; it would help rescue financially-strapped, the poorer communities all over the United States. Evidently, the idea is becoming popular some states but mainly in California, home to the nation's largest supply of domestically grown marijuana, which is worth $14 billion a year (Stateman, Times Magazine). Billions of dollars a year are spent to try to keep marijuana illegal, fighting drug wars, and putting more than an estimated 750,000 individuals in jail yearly (Alternet.org) Arresting hundreds of thousands of so called "criminals", or "suspects" for the possession of marijuana is a waste of money. For each person to go to jail it may cost so much as $20,000 (Mckinstry, 2010). After doing a little calculation on my own, on average it costs around $15 billion to arrest individuals for the possession of cannabis. Not to mention the amount of space it takes to house all 750,000 in a jail cell; that's a lot of room that's being taken up for a such petty crime. What about the real criminals and suspects that has really cause harm to our society like the rapist, hard drug dealers, murders. There is no time to waste on petty "crimes" like the possession of marijuana. All estimated $15 billion can be used to help those poor families that were hurt from the fall of the economy, not only the poor families but the people in the inner city, and the inner city schools, the money can be used to help people, not put them in jail for something so small and juvenile. For an example, In 1996 California became one of the first marijuana states that were looking to tax marijuana.
Despite the previous arguments, studies show statistically cannabis is much safer than tobacco and alcohol (drugfacts.org), which are both legal in the United States and has been for a long time now. Let's start with tobacco. Cigars and Cigarettes are the most popular products, not to mention chewing tobacco is common among many sport players and pipes are also used for smoking the dangerous tobacco product. Chewing tobacco is an awfully addicting habit that is very difficult to get out of. The scientific evidence has showed that the use of smokeless tobacco can still however cause cancer along with cigarettes and cigars though it's not being inhaled (Mayo Clinic). The connection between smokeless tobacco use and cancer is strong for cancers of the cavity inside the mouth to become very nasty. Besides the fact that the federal government, meantime, $7 billion annually is being taxed from cigarette, cigar taxes and, chewing tobacco every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from diseases caused by smoking and tobacco. Diseases caused by smoking tobacco are Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease also known as COPD, are just to name a few. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) covering the years "1997-2001, there was a $10 billion increase in productivity losses during the years 1995-1999. The lost productivity rate with smoking-related health care costs, which was reported at $75.5 billion in 1998, exceeds $167 billion per year in the United States, tobacco kills 440,000 per year, 36,666 per month, 8,461 per week, 1,205 per day, 50 per hour, 0 per minute, 0 per second according to the CDC" .( Longley, About.com Guide). The mixing nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes increases ones heart rate and blood pressure, thus putting a strain on your heart and blood vessels. This can cause heart attacks and stroke. It slows your blood flow, thus there is no oxygen flowing to the feet and hands. Some smokers eventually have their arms and legs cut off because of this. Most may think just because the "only" drink and don't smoke that they are OK, well they are wrong. Drinking is much more dangerous than cannabis. Alcohol causes nothing but Nausea, fevers, and depression, and even more drinking, these are some not all results of drinking alcohol. Alcohol is made up of fermented grains, fruits, and vegetables. Fermented, meaning process that uses bacteria to change the sugars food into alcohol (Webster's dictionary). Every year companies spend millions of dollars to advertise something so harmful to our society. Alcohol addiction and nicotine addiction are some of the main causes of deaths in the United States today. Alcohol use and Alcohol abuse is connected with serious medical sicknesses and complexes such as cancer, cardiovascular problems, stroke, and brain damage (Drugrehabilitation.org). After a couple of drink you are bound to make crazy, immature, and regretful decisions. Like driving for an example. Driving while under the influence is very dangerous, impaired vision, thumping headache, slight drowsiness, and lack of concentration is the perfect recipe for a potential fatal accident. Sure, some people say "if I go out and drink then I'll just get a designated driver", but in reality how many people do you know actually picks a driver to drive them around so that they can drink? What makes them think their designated driver doesn't want to drink and have a so called "good time"; alcohol is the third leading death factor is the United States with 85,000 deaths annually. (Drugfacts.Org). "In 1998, alcohol abuse and dependence cost the United States an estimated $97.7 billion, primarily as a result of economic productivity lost because of alcohol-related illness, injury, and crime (Harwood 2000, based on Harwood et al. 1998). (This figure does not include loss of future earnings caused by premature death related to alcohol use.) Whether people are in alcoholism treatment, in jail for alcohol-related crimes, or in the hospital as the result of alcohol-related injuries or violence, their incapacity represents a loss in workplace productivity" (pubs.niaaa.nih.gov). After drinking, you will get a hangover. Hangovers are the result of the body containing more than enough alcohol, thus leaving you in a lazy mood, not wanting to do anything and not getting anything accomplished. Depending on how much alcohol is consumed some people don't get out of bed for days. In contrast, for marijuana smokers, they smoke marijuana as much as they please, they'll never have the symptoms of a hangover nor will they have to worry about developing oral cancer from the nasty tobacco.
By saying that brings me to the next point, although marijuana is said to have nothing but negative effects, marijuana also has positive attributes. Marijuana is a good medical remedy for children with ADD. Marijuana is known to cause you to relax. Many people with eating disorders are sometimes prescribed marijuana to help patients who suffer from too much weight loss or patients who don't eat to help them have more of an appetite. Since marijuana has been around there are no reported deaths of cannabis. Marijuana also enhances the thinking and imagination; its helps put things in a better perspective. Patients with HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, nausea which is in many cases caused by alcohol, anxiety can also be treated with marijuana (Medicalmarijuana.com). By smoking marijuana, the brain is altered a little, it slightly what it is called Amygdala (Nicoll, Alger. The Brain's Own Marijuana.) When the brain reacts it causes the regular anxiety level to rise, calming the patient down a bit. Marijuana also deals with pain. Pain treatment and management for pain is a conflicting issue for patients and doctors, but medical marijuana may be able to give pain relieving cures that most traditional chronic pain medications don't treat as well (Ellison,2009). "In a 2000 study, 70-80% of patients experienced pain relief when using medical marijuana. For chronic pain patients, one of the most unpleasant aspects of traditional chronic pain treatment is the long-term use of opioids. These drugs have many side effects in the short and long term. They can also be difficult for many people with chronic pain to obtain in sufficient quantities to provide adequate chronic pain management. Medical marijuana can replace or reduce the use of opioids in chronic pain treatment, as it did for a 47-year-old woman in a 2003 case study, who experienced less pain with reduced doses of three opioids and a small amount of medical marijuana, compared to large doses of opioids only." (MedicalMarijuana.net)
As it clearly states in above, I completely disagree with the banning of cannabis. . Mainly because cannabis would help the economy, and it's much safer than alcohol and tobacco, though cannabis is said to a harmful drug it has positive attributes.
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