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This paper was written for a football coach who taught health Evidently I am a social user of this narcotic and am not a believer in the research indicated ABSTRACT This paper entitled Mary Jane The Devil Weed attempts to examine what we know about marijuana and what problems are associated with its use The paper examines briefly the history of marijuana legislation marijuanas known effects and conclusions about its danger Early in this century the government waged a war of terrorism on marijuana or cannabis sativa By 1937 forty-six states had laws against the use of marijuana and its use had already been made a criminal offense under federal law Jaffe 659 Andrews pointed out that not until some time in the early 1930s did the Louisianna legislature pass a state regulation making use of the drug illegal 5 Jaffe noted that since the early 1900s marifuana has been considered the one drug that might introduce the susceptible to hard drugs Jaffe pointed out that since about 1950 smoking of marijuana has been linked statistically to the use of other illicit drugsMost observers have concluded that the link is sociological rather than biological andmarijuana is a marker for individuals who are more prone to seek new experiences even when these violate social norms and local laws Andrews related that sensational newspaper stories relatingto crime is generally held to be accountable for the sudden enactment of a law prohibiting its use He went on to note that users were often subject to heavy penalties--up to life imprisonment in Texas After caffeine nicotine and alcohol marijuana is the fourth most popular abused substance OBrien Cohen Evans and Fine 175 does marijuana deserve this reputation We must first consider what it is and what effects it has The active ingredient is tetrahydocannabinol or THC Andrews THC found only in the female plant produces a mild euphoric effect Marijuana is considered a hallucinogen a Schedule 1
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