Marijuana Regulation : A Constitutional Republic, The Us System Of Government

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Marijuana Regulation
Hook: As a constitutional republic, the US system of government is designed on the principles of federalism. In our federalist system the federal government is one of enumerated powers and those powers not explicitly granted to the federal government are reserved to the states. The framers of the Constitution established this system through the Tenth Amendment, which reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” (Brad R. Schlesinger IVN news) Throughout the years Marijuana has been one of the most popular drugs in America. “Approximately 4.2 million people met the diagnostic criteria for abuse of or dependence on this drug. This is more than pain relievers, cocaine, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, and heroin combined.” (white house.gov) The drug was even popular when George Washington was in office. Him and Thomas Jefferson both owned hemp farms, they both praised hemp. Thomas Jefferson even wrote a draft of the declaration of independence on hemp paper. The drug was so common that you could buy it at general stores. From the years of 1850 to 1942 marijuana was available for mainy medicinal purposes at general stores and pharmacies to them marijuana was like Tylenol. Medicinal marijuana is available today if you have a prescription. It is most commonly used for cancer patients and other sick people to help increase their appetite…

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