Disadvantages Of Legalization Of Marijuana
species, Cannabis sativa, C.indica, and C.ruderalis (Hart, 2009, p. 365-366). The primary psychoactive agent within cannabis is known as delta-9-tetrehydrocannnbinol or THC. THC is concentrated in the resin of cannabis and the psychoactive potency depends on the amount of resin present, which varies on the part of the plant that is utilized (Hart, 2009, p. 366).
In 2737 BC, Chinese emperor Shen Nung referred to cannabis and recommended it for some medicinal purposes and by 1000 AD, social use of the plant spread to North Africa and the Muslim world (Hart, 2009, p. 368). In the 1830s and 1840s, agents such as opium and hashish gained popularity (Hart, 2009, p.368). Hashish, or hasheesh, in its purest form is pure resin. (Hart, 2009, p.366). Hashish is rare within the United States (Hart, 2009, p. 366). During the end of the 19th century the experience of hashish was not as popular for Middle America (Hart, 2009, p. 369).
Due to a series of articles relating crime and marijuana in 1926, public interest of the drug increased within the United States and by 1935, 36 states had laws regulating the use, sale, and/or possession of marijuana and towards the end of 1936, all 48 states had similar laws (Hart, 2009, p. 369-370). “The primary motivation for the congressional hearing on marijuana came not because of the use of marijuana as an inebriant or a euphoria but because of reports by police and in the popular literature stating, ‘Most crimes of violence are laid to users of…