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The natural plant Cannabis has over twenty five thousand uses for example everything from construction materials to paper to clothing Besides these materials it also has other uses such as medicinal and relaxation or recreational purposes Unfortunately in the United States we are not allowed to use this plant of many advantages because our government has cannabis listed as a controlled substance that is punishable by law to have in ones possession This naturally growing plant which has been used since around the beginning of civilization up until 1937 is now illegal to grow distribute or use because a small part of it can be smoked to obtain a state of intoxicationhttpwwwnatlnormlorgmedicalindexshtml Although this is only one use of cannabis it is one of the most prevalent in the United States even though it is outlawed and serious penalties are given to those caught The United States government has declared a massive war against this substance and many other drugs which is commonly referred to as the Drug War This war has been extremely expensive and largely unsuccessful and has only slightly slowed the flow of it onto US soil Although many citizens and officials are adamant about the dangers and harmful effects of smoking marijuana no evidence has been found to prove these claims factual excepting the fact that smoke is inhaled into the lungs and just like tobacco which is legal does some small amount of damage Marijuana is accused of killing brain cells causing cancer and many other detrimental attributes in which supporters of the Drug War use as propaganda to further their cause even though there in no factual evidence to support their claims The benefits of legalizing cannabis as a whole far outweigh the detriments that would result from it We already have ninety percent of the disadvantages of marijuana and none of the advantages anyway httpwwwnatlnormlorgrecreationaltestimony99shtml The common American farmer is certainly not rich by any means
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