The Use Of Marijuana For Medicinal Purposes Essay

878 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes has received increasing attention since the 1990s. Marijuana 's active ingredients belong to a class of compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have been used "to treat insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, nausea, and appetite loss, in addition to other conditions" (Hammer 1). Despite the federal law, which has strict prohibition regarding marijuana, the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is legal in some states. The support for legalization of marijuana has increased over time.
Since the early seventeenth century, Marijuana has been around in America. The plant was recognized at that time for its "medicinal purposes as an analgesic, antispasmodic, and sedative" (Hammer 1). However, contrary to popular belief, the reason marijuana was made illegal had nothing to do with health issues. The real reason was simple, good old fashioned, American business (TWB 1).
Business leaders such as William Randolph Hearst and DuPont tried to eradicate the use of marijuana to get rid of their competition and to save their own businesses. In 1930, DuPont’s chief financial backer Andrew Mellon was responsible for appointing Harry Anslinger as the head of the congress to create the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. Anslinger was one of the people who said that marijuana caused insanity and that it pushed users toward dreadful acts of criminality. Newspapers began to publish stories about a link between violent acts and marijuana use in 1933…

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