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The Legalization of Marijuana Marijuana is a drug that comes from a variety of common hemp known as cannabis indica The much more potent hashish is also derived from the plant cannabis indica What is sold on the street as marijuana hemp weed pot or bud are the dried leaves and the flowering tops of the plant The primary psychoactive component in marijuana is the trans-delta-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC By 1937 marijuana had become illegal in 46 states Penalties for its use were similar to those for morphine heroin and cocaine The attitude toward marijuana was so negative that it was wrongly classified as a narcotic and a schedule I drug However much of the publics thinking changed as marijuana began to be perceived especially by the young as a relatively harmless substance whose adverse effects had been greatly exaggerated Unfortunately that thinking never influenced the law enforcement agencies which continued to consider marijuana as dangerous as other illicit substances One of the most controversial topics in the United States is the legalization of marijuana Many people who argue for the legalization of marijuana say that it should be available by prescription for disorders that can not be treated effectively with existing medications Others feel that purchasing marijuana should be as easy as purchasing a pack of cigarettes There are many benefits that could be derived from the legalization of marijuana in the United States There are many medicinal purposes of marijuana In 1988 the DEAs own administrative law judge concluded that Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man Sony 14 The government allows only twelve Americans the prescription of marijuana Serious illnesses such as glaucoma the AIDS wasting syndrome muscle spasms of patients suffering from multiple sclerosis quadriplegia and paraplegia have been successfully treated with marijuana The symptoms of chemotherapy which are nausea and vomiting are also treated well with marijuana Marijuana has also been useful in treating
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