Should Marijuana Be Legal? Essay

1501 Words Oct 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Legalizing Marijuana Drugs have become major influential forces in our society today, whether it’s enhancing one’s performance in a specific sport, alleviating pain that is caused by a specific disorder, or just for pleasure. They are becoming relied on today for a variety of reasons and keeping them prohibited is not benefitting anyone. In fact, it’s encouraging users. This issue has gotten out of control to a point where there are many options being considered now on how to control it or solve the problem. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Marijuana, commonly referred to as weed, grass, Mary Jane and various other names, is a blend of dried shredded leaves from the plant called Cannabis Sativa. It contains the hallucinatory chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which allows users to achieve euphoria. One of the first references to a cannabis product as a psychoactive agent dates back to 2737 B.C. where it was used as a medicine for gout and malaria. Its popularity began to spread to other parts of the world including India and Europe. Soon enough, it was introduced in the United States, however, some medicines already contained marijuana but it was a small percentage compared to the amount of medicines containing cocaine and opium. Marijuana began to catch people’s attention around the 1920’s and in the 1940’s it was being prescribed for various
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