Essay on Medical Marijuan A Hot Topic Of Debate

1469 Words Nov 9th, 2014 6 Pages
Kristen Dekker
Delaware Technical Community College
November 9, 2014 Introduction In the United States of America, marijuana use, whether recreational or medicinal, has become a hot topic of debate. Throughout the years, marijuana went from being a commonly prescribed medicine to an illicit drug. However, research shows that this drug could potentially less destructive to one’s health. In fact, marijuana can be used to successfully treat and reduce pain in a variety of illnesses. In this paper,

The History Behind Marijuana and the Evolution of Public Perception Drugs have always had an important role in politics. In fact, medical marijuana use dates back to 2800 B.C. The Chinese used marijuana in an array of herbal applications used to treat many different illnesses (Bell, 20). Not long after, Hindus in India recognized marijuanas relaxing effects as a major part of their religion (Bell, 20). However, it was not until 1854 until marijuana was added to the United State’s Pharmacopeia. Physicians commonly prescribed different forms of marijuana to treat headaches, insomnia, and anorexia. Not even a hundred years later, in 1942, marijuana was removed from the US Pharmacopeia (Bell, 20). This eliminated any legitimacy marijuana had as a therapeutic drug until 1970 when the federal government classified marijuana along with other illicit street drugs. The first instance of legal medical marijuana after this was in 1976 when a man with glaucoma received marijuana…

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