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Throughout history marijuana has been used to serve various purposes in manydifferent cultures The purposes have changed over time to fit in with the currentlifestyles This pattern is also true in American history The use of marijuana hasadapted to the social climate of the time Marijuana whose scientific name iscannibis sativa was mentioned in historical manuscripts as early as 2700 BC inChina Grolier Electronic Encyclopedia 1995 The cultivation of the marijuanaplant began as far back as 1611 with the Jamestown settlers who used hempproduced from the marijuana plant fibers to make rope and canvas It was alsoused in making clothing because of its durability These uses fit in with the timeperiod becasue the main focus was on survival rather than for psychoactivepurposes Not only is marijuana useful in clothes and canvas products it is aproven fact that marijuana is of a medical value Marijuana has been used as amedicine since antiquity but US anti-drug laws have kept physicians fromprescribing it or testing its benefitsMarijuana is the flower of the cannabis plant and if smoked gives thesmoker an euphoric high but really has much more to offer than just the high Using marijuana and the growing of hemp are presently illegal in the United Stateswith the exception of medicinal uses in some states The legalization of marijuanahas many advantages including for simple personal enjoyment the usage of hempand its by-products and medicinal purposes Why should marijuana be illegalwhen people just use it to help themselves enjoy their lives more Tobacco andalcohol are both used and abused for the same reasons but with many morenegative side effects than marijuana Governments surveys indicate more than 70million Americans have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives and that 18-20 million have smoked during the last year Rose 1 Marijuana has no solidnegative effects and the US National Institute of Drug Abuses Bureau ofMortality statistics report that per year there are zero deaths caused by marijuana In camparison tobacco
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