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Marijuana has had a relationship with mankind throughout history all over the world The amazing plant has brought mankind food clothing fuel medicine building materials and has the ability to affect our perception and views of the world According to Rowan Robinson 1996 the marijuana plant also called hemp has been found in forms of rope and cloth in the oldest tombs was written about as a healer in the earliest medical texts was used for sails for the first explorers ships and was used to make the paper that the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence were written on Today marijuana has the potential to lessen deforestation can be used as a substitute for certain fuels and help in health care problems as varied as glaucoma cancer and AIDS As more research is being done on marijuanas therapeutic use in medicine new laws are being considered to protect it and societys views on marijuana have changed over the yearsMankind has used marijuana as a medicine for thousands of years but in 1937 the Marijuana Tax Act was passed making it illegal to posses in the United States According to Lester Grinspoon 2000 the rebirth of medicinal marijuana began in the early 1970s when patients who were being treated with newly developed chemotherapies smoked marijuana instead of using the medicine they were supposed to be taking for the intense nausea that came with the treatment Since then marijuana is constantly being researched and tested for several different kinds of pain relief for several different ailmentsMarijuana has great potential for pain relief and the American people need to realize that it is useful In Robert Dreyfuss 1999 article he states Perhaps they didnt inhale but many Americans gasped when a scientific study funded by the White Houses drug czar reported in March that marijuanas active ingredients seem to have medical value particularly forpain relief control of nausea and vomiting and appetite stimulation p1 This report
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