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Legalizing Marijuana Throughout this coming year and past years many state legislatures will consider laws that could result in the legalization on marijuana Many ideas have been bought up about legal buying and selling of this drug in society Many people already use this drug legally in the states of Arizona and California for medical purposes Some of the medical purposes for this drug are arthritis and glaucoma These laws should be adopted by the entire country Between 1850 and 1937 marijuana was quite widely used in American medical practice for a wide range of conditions The United States Pharmacopoeia admitted marijuana as a recognized medicine in 1850 under the name Extractum Cannabis and listed it until 1942 The National Formulary and the United States Dispensatory also included marijuana and cited recommendations for its use for numerous illnesses to include neuralgia gout rheumatism tetanus epidemic cholera convulsions hysteria mental depression insanity and uterine hemorrhage In 1937 the Treasury Department sent to Congress the draft of a bill that became the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 This bill on its face did not actually ban marijuana It fully recognized the medicinal usefulness of the substance specifying that physicians dentists veterinarians and others could continue to prescribe cannabis if they paid a license fee of 1 per year that druggists who dispensed marijuana pay 15 growers pay 25 importers manufacturers and compounders should pay a fee of 50 a year Only the non-medicinal untaxed possession or sale of marijuana was outlawed Only 38 American physicians paid their tax under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 in 1970 The drug marijuana has been around for hundreds of years first used by the native Americans The prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s was the gateway for substantial commercial trade in marijuana for recreational use By the 1930s there were said to be 500 tea pads for smoking marijuana in New York City alone It is found growing
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