Legalization of Marijuana

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Kristina Brown
Ashford University
POL 201 American National Government
Instructor: Tracy Trunnell

When it comes to marijuana there is a great debate. While there are still many who oppose it, there are just that many more that will be for it. There is more than just the bud that can make you high. The entire plant has many uses. But the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) within the female part of the plant is all that anyone can seem to focus on. With there being many medical benefits that have been proven, they are still worried on the criminalization of it that has been created. Many feel that it has proven that it doesn't belong here as it made a major appearance in the 50's and 60's. There are many faces to the making Marijuana debate, but I see nothing wrong with it being fully legalzied.

In the birth of this nation, even a few of our founding fathers grew hemp. Hemp is related to the marijuana plant. Hemp can be useful for many things, such as paper, rope, clothing, etc... Marijuana first made an appearance in the United States after the civil war, were it was encouraged to be grown. It was then found and used for many medicinal aspects. At the turn of the century, the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed that in short required the lableing of canibus that was in any over-the-counter remidies.
From the turn of the century through the roaring twenties, the Mexican's introduced the use of the recreational proerpties of marijuana. As it soon became associated with the Spanish- speaking immigrants and the fear of it started to spread. This coupled with the Great Depression brought on the greater fear. The repsonse to this was the creation of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics(FBN). In 1932 the Uniform State Narcotics Act was passed; as the concern of the use of marijuana was becoming linked to many social issues and crime. Four years…...

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