Health Benefits Of Legalizing Marijuana

How many deaths are attributed to alcohol and tobacco a year? How many deaths are attributed to marijuana ? Alcohol approximately has about 88,000 deaths a year and tobacco has approximately 41,000 people per year, while marijuana had a total of zero deaths. Marijuana is judged to be a bad drug. Marijuana is made from flowers and leaves of a plant called Cannabis Sativa, which is another name for marijuana. The main ingredient in marijuana is THC- tetrahydrocannabinol. Marijuana goes all the way back to “Evidence of marijuana cultivation reaches back as far as 2737 B.C. China, where it was used as an treatment for Rheumatism, malaria, and absent mindedness”(Miller 1). “The Spanish brought pot to America in 1545, and the English arrived with …show more content…
Marijuana contains cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol. CBD can impact the brain without being high and THC can relieve pain. Marijuana helps with a lot of health problems, some you may not even think of. The main health problem is Glaucoma. “ Marijuana decreases the pressure inside the eye”(Welsh and Loria 2). This would relieve pain that you would receive from the pressure in your eye. According to the National Eye Institute.“ Studies in the early 1970’s showed that marijuana when smoked lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with Glaucoma.”(Welsh and Loria 3). The Drug could slow the progression and prevent blindness of the …show more content…
"Starting in 1914, local laws began popping up criminalizing marijuana" (Miller 1). Back then people thought marijuana was the reason why people, mostly Mexicans would do crazy and dangerous acts. "From 1914 to 1937, twenty-seven states passed anti-pots laws" (Miller 2) The anti-pot law was basically to stop people from smoking marijuana because they thought it was an dangerous drug just because of how people would act but would never actually have proof."Dr. William Woodward, of the American medical association also testified, saying The American medical association knows of no evidence that marijuana is a dangerous drug"(Miller 2). This states that back in this time they could not tie evidence of marijuana being a dangerous drug it was a opinion. President Franklin Roosevelt signed a tax saying you can 't sell or distribute marijuana without a government stamp. "After six years of studying the drug the results proved that pot did not cause increased sexual drive, violence, or insanity"(Miller 2).Stating that even after research was conducted there was still no evidence found to support the opinion that marijuana was a dangerous and or violent drug. When the mayor of New York City, Fiorello LaGuardia had conducted a marijuana study to get this information. "Marijuana use itself leads to violent behavior, suicidal thoughts and interest in harder drugs. Scientific studies have not been able to prove this causation

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