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This paper is to enlighten those who want to learn about marijuana and to hopefully leave them with the thought that it should be legal once again Marijuanas makeup effects and history are told along with how it was used back in the ancient days for entertainment and medicinal use Then the uses that marijuana has in todays world are talked about After which I explain the governments involvement with marijuana and how the legalization would only help our country Marijuana has been around for over 12000 years The name Marijuana is Spanish-American and refers to the mixture of leaves stems and flowering tops of the hemp plant in the genus Cannabis There are three species Cannabis sativa Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis Mark Merlin explains how the plant grows up to 16 to 20 feet high and is easily identified by its large leaves 17 Both male and female contain similar leaves The male plant only has five leaves in a group and produces stronger fibers for hemp but the female plant has seven leaves in a group and it is better for drug purposes since it is the only one which flowers The hemp plant now grows wild throughout most of the world and can be cultivated in any area with a hot season Some 421 chemicals in 18 different chemical classes have been detected in the hemp plant It synthesizes at least 61 distinct substances called cannabinoids that are not found in any other genus of plants The most significant of these substances is 1-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol an oily water-insoluble liquid which is used as a protector In popular writing it is often called simply THC The THC content of marijuana generally varies from 05 to 6 THC is the chemical that is responsible for the effects felt after eating or smoking marijuana Earlier last year it was discovered that the membranes of certain nerve cells contain protein receptors that bind
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