THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA Is the illegalization of marijuana
valid? The debate over the legalization of Cannabis sativa, more commonly
known as marijuana, has been one of the most heated controversies ever to
occur in the United States.
Social issues
Paper Title:
THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA Is the illegalization of marijuana
valid? The debate over the legalization of Cannabis sativa, more commonly
known as marijuana, has been one of the most heated controversies ever to
occur in the United States. Its use as a medicine has existed for thousands
years in many countries world wide, and is documented as far back as 2700
BC in ancient Chinese writing. (Jackson,pg.55) When someone says ganja,
cannabis, bung, dope, grass, rasta, or weed, they are talking about the same
subject: marijuana. Marijuana should be legalized because the government
could earn money from taxes on its sale, its value to the medical world
outweighs its abuse potential, and because of its importance to the paper and
clothing industries. This action should be taken despite efforts made by
groups which say marijuana is a harmful drug which will increase crime rates
and lead users to other more dangerous substances. The actual story behind
the legislature passed against marijuana is quite surprising. The acts
about the demise of marijuana were part of a large conspiracy involving
DuPont, Harry J. Angslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of
Narcotics (FBN), and many other influential industrial leaders such as
Randolph Hearst, and Andrew Mellon. The Marijuana Act, which passed in
1937, coincidentally occurred just as the decorator machine was invented.

(Jackson, pg.57) With this invention, marijuana would have been able to take
over competing industries almost instantaneously. You see 10,000 acres
devoted to marijuana will produce as much paper as 40,000 acres of average
forest pulp land. William Hearst owned enormous timber acreage so his
interest in preventing the growth of marijuana can be easily explained.

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Competition from marijuana would have easily driven the Hearst paper
manufacturing company out of business, and significantly lowered the value of
his land.(Jackson,pg.60) Even popularizing the term “marijuana” was
strategy Hearst used in order to create fear in the American public. You see
the first step in creating hysteria was to introduce the element of fear of
unknown by using a word that no one had ever heard of before
“marijuana.” The reasoning behind Hearst and others was not for any
or health related issues. They fought to prevent the growth of this new
industry so they wouldnt lose money.(Jackson,pg.61) In fact, the American
Medical Association tried to argue for the medical benefits of marijuana.

Marijuana is actually less dangerous than alcohol, cigarettes, and even most
over-the-counter medicines or prescriptions. Nearly all medicines have toxic,
potentially lethal affects, but marijuana is not such a substance. Marijuana,
its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances
to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used
within a supervised routine of medical care. To me it doesnt make sense
marijuana to be illegal in the United States when alcohol poisoning is a
cause of death in this country, and approximately 400,000 premature deaths
are attributed to cigarettes annually. (Jackson, pg.64) Marijuana compares
favorably to nicotine, alcohol, and even caffeine. When drinking a person
experience an inability to stand or walk without help, near unconsciousness,
lack of comprehension of what is seen or heard, shock, and breathing and
heartbeat may stop. When smoking marijuana will do nothing more than put
you to sleep, while drinking excessive amounts of alcohol will kill you.

Prescribed marijuana alleviates epilepsy, weight loss of AIDS, nausea of
chemotherapy, menstrual pains, and severe effects of Multiple Sclerosis. The
illness with the most documentation among doctors which marijuana has
successfully treated is Multiple Sclerosis. A doctor by the name of Lester
Grinspoon believes for Multiple Sclerosis suffers, “Cannabis is a drug
necessity.” (Jackson,pg.63) Marijuana is also known to help patients
muscle spasms. It allows them to sleep properly, and helps to control the
patients bladders. Marijuana also proved to be effective in the treatment of
glaucoma because its use lowers pressure on the eye. We should be
concentrating on the serious business of heroin and amphetamines. If the
government were to legalize marijuana, they could reasonably place high
taxes on it. An entire industry could be created out of marijuana based
products. The oils extracted from seeds could be used for fuels and the
marijuana fiber, a fiber so valued for its strength that it is used to judge
quality of other fibers, could be manufactured into ropes, clothing, or

(Dennis,pg.86) Most importantly, the money the government would make
from taxes and the money which would be saved by not trying to prevent its
use could be used for more important things, such as serious drugs or the
national debt. The recreational use of marijuana would not stimulate crime
like some would argue. For instance, the crime rate in Amsterdam, where
marijuana is legal, is lower than many major U.S. cities. If we took action
our government legalized marijuana today, we would immediately see benefits
from this decision. People suffering from illnesses ranging from manic
depression to multiple sclerosis would be able to experience relief. The
government also could make billions of dollars off of the taxes it could
on its sale. There have been no recorded deaths as a result of marijuana use,
it is not physically addictive like alcohol, or tobacco, and most doctors
agree it is safer to use. Marijuana being illegal has no validity at all. Due
to all
the positive aspects of marijuana, it should be legalized in the United

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