Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Essay

1911 Words Mar 21st, 2016 null Page
Marijuana and hemp have been used and cultivated in the United States and other countries for centuries. Hemp was grown for its fibers that can be used to make clothing, ropes, and paper. It can also be used to make an oil which has many purposes such as cooking, and it can be made into fuel. Hemp and marijuana are valuable resources that can be used to replace some the natural resources that are currently being used in daily life. Both plants contain THC which caused the halt in production. Why was marijuana and any plant containing THC criminalized? They were criminalized because not enough was known of the plant and assumptions were made. In past decades, more research has been conducted and more knowledge has been gained which contradicts earlier research on the subject. Current research also suggest past research did not take into consideration some of the important variables of the study. Marijuana should be legalized because it is not as dangerous as it was once considered, it has medical benefits, and the legalization in Colorado has already caused drastic economic growth.
Marijuana was once considered a dangerous drug, but after more research, it has been found that it has been overestimated. California was the first state to place a prohibition on the plant. The law that was placed was based on racist thoughts and rash research. The big worry of the era was “…[the] reputation of Mexican ‘marihuana’ for producing madness, violence, and death,’” (Gieringer, 1999).…

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