Legalization of Marijuana Essay

757 Words Oct 21st, 1999 4 Pages
Legalization of Marijuana

What is marijuana? According to Harvard Medical Professor Lester
Grinspoon, it is a "miracle drug", one that prevents blindness, acts as an appetite stimulant for AIDS patients, and prevents muscle spasms in epileptics.
When speaking of the same plant, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics for over thirty years, Harry J. Anslinger said that this "evil weed" led to killings, sex crimes and insanity. How can two such highly respected experts have such night and day outlooks on the same thing? While Anslinger presided as America's leading anti-drug official his McCarthyish hunt down of Marijuana users led to the downfall of many well respected Americans. During the 1900's the United
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One of the most popular theories is that European explorers brought the seeds along with them.
The cultivation of Marijuana has been successful in almost every climate. It is the unbounded growth of Marijuana that will later lead to its difficulty in legislation. The Hemp plant has dozens of uses. It can be made into canvas, paper, rope, twine, cable, yarn artificial sponges and clothing. The seed of the plant can be made into Hempseed oil, paints, soaps, carnishes and birdseed.
For all of its usefulness it is the Hemp plant's leaves for which it has been condemned. It is this part of the plant that yields the sticky yellow resin, rich with cannabinoids. This resin contains more that sixty compounds unique to
Marijuana. The most prominent is delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol. This substance otherwise known as delta-9-THC which causes Marijuana's psychoactive effects.
"The effects of Marijuana", according to Leo Hollister, former president of the
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and current professor at the
University of Texas "poses no greater risk that moderate consumption of
Alcohol." Harvard Professor Lester Grinspoon in his book, Marihuana, the
Forbidden Medicine, claims that the drug has countless benefits, among which are: relief of nausea associated with chemotherapy, preventing blindness induced by glaucoma, serving as an appetite stimulant for AIDS patients, warding off asthma attacks and migraine headaches,

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