Should Marijuana Be Legal For Medicinal Purposes? Essay

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Marijuana, a plant with of many uses, is labeled a drug in many states. Historically, marijuana usage has been traced back to 2727 B.C. in the written reports of Chinese Emperor Shen Nung (Cannabis, Coca). The plant takes multiple forms: rope, clothing, paper, hashish, hash oil, but is more popularly known as an illicit drug. In the United States, marijuana is legal in twenty-six states and the District of Columbia. Out of those twenty-six, seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use (State Marijuana). In Montana, marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes only since 2004. I-182, a recent bill that was passed following the results of the 2016 ballots, repeals the law prohibiting medical marijuana distributers from serving a maximum of three patients. Now licensed distributers can serve more than three patients, cultivate, dispense, and transport marijuana for medicinal purposes (I-182 Text.pdf). An additional bill proposing recreational marijuana in Montana could have been on the 2016 ballot but failed to gain enough signatures. An important question arises, should marijuana be legal for recreational use in Montana? Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Montana would have many benefits both economically and in crime, but there is also opposition to ending the recreational marijuana prohibition in the state. As defined by Merriam-Webster, a recreational drug is: a drug (as cocaine, marijuana, or methamphetamine) used…

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