Essay on Controversy Over Marijuana Ban Marijuana

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Controversy over Marijuana

When you hear the word Marijuana also known as Cannabis, what comes to mind, an illegal recreational drug or a medicine? Its existence goes back as far as 7000 B.C.; it was not until the early 1900’s when marijuana was used as a recreational drug. Thereby, generating an ongoing controversy about its use in society since. Marijuana is a drug that has negative effects if consumed in excess, but has also had medicinal benefits for certain individuals who suffer from various ailments. In the 1600s, colonists in Virginia and Massachusetts, used cannabis to produce hemp fiber to create clothing and twine. In 1850, the drug was even included in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia and recognized as legitimate medicine. As a matter of fact, Marijuana was a legal drug until prohibition began in the 1930s. Its recreational use had become popular amongst minority immigrants and musicians. Therefore, its use became a growing concern for society, politicians, and the government. Marijuana was even correlated with an increased amount of crime and reckless behaviors. In 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act. The Marijuana Tax Act imposed a high tax on people buying marijuana, making it immediately inaccessible to average consumers, but still enabling its access to others who could afford it. It was not until 1970, when the Controlled Substances Act placed all illicit and prescription drugs into five schedules. Marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which…

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