Marijuana Should Be Legalized For Medical And Recreational Purposes

1810 Words Mar 28th, 2016 8 Pages
Marijuana Should Be Legalized for Medical and Recreational Purposes
Marijuana has been the controversial topic of discussion for centuries. Early American leaders enacted the first law regarding marijuana, which is also referred to as cannabis or weed, in the year 1613. The law stated that farmers were required to grow hemp, the stalk of the marijuana plant, in order to prepare fibers that were considered “essential for making sails, ropes, food, and fuel in the developing nation” (Rich, Stingl l1). There was not a negative connotation assigned to marijuana until citizens began to associate the plant with the mischievous Mexican immigrants, who ‘were accused of being addicted to marijuana” (Rich, Stingl 12). Law abiding citizens of America saw the substance as a threat and began to oppose the use of cannabis in hopes that the prohibition of the drug would hinder the suspected criminal activity of the immigrants, and their nation would prosper. As a result of the altering public opinion, several states passed ‘anti-weed’ laws and by 1937 Congress followed suit with the Marijuana Tax Act. The 1970’s brought about the bell-bottom jeans, disco music, and an upcoming generation that intended to amend the public opinion of marijuana. Studies conducted in 1972 show that there was an “estimated . . . twenty-five million American citizens” who regularly partook in ‘passing the joint’ (Rich, Stingl 11). Statistics also showed "the number of deaths caused by marijuana during the period…

Related Documents