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Just Say Yes Marijuana scientifically called cannabis sativa was mentioned in historical manuscripts as early as 2700 B C in China Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia 1995 The cultivation of the marijuana plant began as far back as the Jamestown settlers around 1611 who used hemp produced from the marijuana plants fibers to make rope and canvas It was also used in making clothing because of its durability These uses fit in with the social climate of the time because the main focus of marijuana usage was on survival rather than for psychoactive purposes Marijuana is now commonly used as a hallucinogenic drug usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria The reason marijuana is as popular as it is today is because during the prohibition marijuana was widely used because of the scarcity of alcohol Prohibition was repealed after just thirteen years while the prohibition against marijuana lasted for more than seventy-five years This double standard may have resulted from the wishes of those in power Alcohol prohibition struck directly at tens of millions of Americans of all ages including many of societies most powerful members Marijuana prohibition threatened far fewer Americans and they had relatively little influence in the districts of power Nadelmann 1993 Only the prohibition of marijuana which some sixty million Americans have violated since 1965 has come close to approximating the prohibition experience but marijuana smokers consist mostly of young and relatively powerless Americans Nadelmann 1993 Alcohol prohibition was repealed and marijuana prohibition was retained not because scientists had proved that alcohol was the less dangerous of the various psychoactive drugs but because of the prejudices and preferences of most Americans Nadelmann 1993 Marijuana prohibition is responsible for most of the problems brought forth by marijuana Therefore if Marijuana is legalized most of these problems will be eliminated Not only will problems such as violence the diversion of money from areas in need of money the diversion of the attention of law
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