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Throughout history marijuana has been used to serve various purposes in many different cultures The purposes have changed over time to fit in with the current lifestyles This pattern is also true in American history The use of marijuana has adapted to the social climate of the time Marijuana whose scientific name is cannibis sativa was mentioned in historical manuscripts as early as 2700 BC in China Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia 1995 The cultivation of the marijuana plant began as far back as 1611 with the Jamestown settlers who used hemp produced from the marijuana plant fibers to make rope and canvas It was also used in making clothing because of its durability These uses fit in with the time period becasue the main focus was on survival rather than for psychoactive purposes Not only is marijuana useful in clothes and canvas products it is a proven fact that marijuana is of a medical value Marijuana has been used as a medicine since antiquity but US anti-drug laws have kept physicians from prescribing it or testing its benefits Marijuana is the flower of the cannabis plant and if smoked gives the smoker an euphoric high but really has much more to offer than just the high Using marijuana and the growing of hemp are presently illegal in the United States with the exception of medicinal uses in some states The legalization of marijuana has many advantages including for simple personal enjoyment the usage of hemp and its by-products and medicinal purposes Why should marijuana be illegal when people just use it to help themselves enjoy their lives more Tobacco and alcohol are both used and abused for the same reasons but with many more negative side effects than marijuana Governments surveys indicate more than 70 million Americans have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives and that 18- 20 million have smoked during the last year Rose 1 Marijuana has no solid negative effects
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