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Sajel Lala Mrs Caloutas Sophomore English 7 January 2003 How Far is Too Far Addictions to narcotics such as cocaine ecstasy methamphetamine and heroin are more than 104 times more likely to surface with the use of marijuana than without Marijuana is a gateway drug to many other substances that children and adults alike are using with growing frequency Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States today Formerly used for medical purposes in many hospitals marijuana is now prohibited in most states except for a consumable pill form for some oncology and other hospitalized patients Even though marijuana use is prohibited citizens young and old are still exploiting this opiate regardless of the effects it has on the United States and its populace Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since ancient times it was described in a Chinese medical compendium traditionally considered to date back to 2737 BC Its use spread from China to India and then to North Africa and reached Europe as early as 500 AD Marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1850 until 1942 and was prescribed for various conditions including labor pains glaucoma nausea and rheumatism Its use as an intoxicant was also commonplace from the 1850s to the 1930s A campaign conducted in the 1930s by the US Federal Bureau of Narcotics now known as the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs sought to portray marijuana as an influential addictive substance that would lead users into narcotics addiction Also known as weed pot herb boom chronic Mary Jane and over 200 other terms marijuana is one of the most highly obtainable hard substances around today Marijuana is still considered a gateway drug by some authorities and has shown a symbol of rebellion in teens since the early 1950s The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 later classified marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug meaning that
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