Legalization of Marijuana for the Benefit of America Essay

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The Legalization
Of Marijuana for the
Benefit of America

Marijuana under the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 is a schedule I narcotic and therefore has been made illegal in the United States[1]. Marijuana has been illegal in the United States since the early 1900’s and has been demonized for what it does to a person that uses it. Through the great propaganda of the 1900’s by the United States government they convinced an entire nation that marijuana is evil and will cause horrible side effects without having to prove just about any scientific or research data at all. Basically people chose to go against marijuana without knowing what it is, how it works, or how even America can benefit from breaking apart from the 1900’s
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The chemical in marijuana that is prevalent and gives users the “high” feeling they associate with it is called THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active cannabinoid. There are over 66 different cannabinoids in marijuana that have different effects but THC is the main one. In the brain there are many cannabinoid receptors in certain areas of the brain, so when marijuana is inhaled or consumed THC attaches to those receptors and in turn gives one the “high” sensation that they feel[2]. The effects of using marijuana are short term distorted perception, loss of coordination, trouble with thinking. All of these side effects are usually categorized as only minor and share the same effects as its legal counterpart cigarettes or even the same side effects as alcohol. Though despite having the same side effects as alcohol and cigarettes, only two out of the three are legalized while the other is criminalized. According to drugwarfacts.org, Tobacco, the

main ingredient in cigarettes is the cause for 435,000 deaths in America annually. Alcohol is responsible for 100,000 deaths in America annually. Marijuana though, is responsible for exactly zero deaths annually in the United States of America. Given these three statistics, it would seem like the two most lethal substances that kill the most people in this great country the government is allowed while the one that is not linked to

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