Legalization Of Marijuana


What is marijuana? According to Harvard Medical Professor Lester
Grinspoon, it is a "miracle drug", one that prevents blindness, acts as an
appetite stimulant for AIDS patients, and prevents muscle spasms in epileptics.
When speaking of the same plant, head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics for
over thirty years, Harry J. Anslinger said that this "evil weed" led to killings,
sex crimes and insanity. How can two such highly respected experts have such
night and day outlooks on the same thing? While Anslinger presided as America's
leading anti-drug official his McCarthyish hunt down of Marijuana users led to
the downfall of many well respected Americans. During the 1900's the ...

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"pot", "buds", "reefer", "weed" or the more direct,
"smoke". Marijuana goes back over five thousand years. It is one of the oldest
agricultural commodities not grown for food. Hemp, first cultivated in China as
early as 2800 B.C., soon stretched to central Asia where it spread like milkweed
or thistle. Marijuana soon began to crowd out neighboring grasses and reaching
heights of three to twenty feet stretched over large plains. Local people began
to use the plant for its strong, durable fibers which they used for rope and to
construct material similar to linen. Early in the Christian Era, Marijuana
reached the Mediterranean countries of Europe. Its cultivation spread through
the rest of Europe during the Middle ages. Hemp's progression to Africa can
easily be marked through the Middle East where it remains a major cash crop. It
is unknown how the plant found its way to the America's. One of the most
popular theories is that European explorers brought the seeds along ...

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