Marijuana Should Be Legalized

The original drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper.
One acre of hemp will produce as much paper as ten acres of trees.
Hemp is a source of fiber for cloth and cordage for rope.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. Washington, our first president, declared, "make the most of the hemp seed. Sow it Everywhere."

In 1988 the DEA's own administrative law judge concluded, "marijuana is one of the safest, therapeutically active substances known to man."

Cannabis and hemp are the same.

Cannabis can be used as a medicine to treat nausea, pain and muscle spasms. It alleviates symptoms of Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, Migraines, and other ...

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of the oldest known drugs. It can be used medically, or as an intoxicant. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive substance in marijuana. Hashish is another form of cannabis that is found on the top of the cannabis plant. It has effects similar to marijuana (Grolier). Marijuana is a hallucinogenic drug. Doses can range from a simple "high" to effects similar to being intoxicated in alcohol.
Users may develop tolerance, but it has yet to be proven that marijuana is physically addicting (Grolier).

Marijuana use became a concern in the United States during the 1930's. Laws were passed which made possession, sale, and use of the drug illegal, and provided severe penalties if any of the laws were broken. Possession of THC was made illegal in 1968 (Grolier).

Despite all laws created to ban marijuana, it remains a widely used drug. Use has decreased, but 50 million people have tried it at least once and only a small percentage of those people are addicts ...

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that occurred then are very similar to what happens today with drugs. Gang shoot- outs were common. There was bribery of police and other law enforcement officials, as well as Judges. Criminals who manufactured alcohol did not care about the quality of their products and as a result, many people died from bad alcohol (End Nightmare). This is true today. Some marijuana contains harmful chemicals. However, if it were made legally, these harmful chemicals would not be included in the marijuana.

When alcohol was banned, a new wave a crime and violence was created by bootleggers conducting turf wars with one another. when prohibition ended, so did the violence caused by the bootleggers ...

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