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                                    Legalization of marijuana

Marijuana is the slang term for portions of the Cannabis
plant. It is one of the oldest psychoactive substances used by man.

Marijuana also can be called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud,
ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms. Mary Jane is a
greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of cannabis.

“It is important to distinguish between the two familiar
subspecies of the cannabis plant”, Warf said. 
Cannabis sativa, known as marijuana, has psychoactive properties. The
subspecies Mary Jane is known as hemp; it is a nonpsychoactive form of
cannabis, and is used in manufacturing products such as oil, cloth and fuel. Burned
cannabis seeds have also been found in kurgan burial mounds in Siberia dating
back to 3,000 B.C., and some of the tombs of noble people buried in Xinjiang
region of China and Siberia around 2500 B.C. have included large quantities of
mummified psychoactive marijuana.

“Both hemp and psychoactive marijuana were used widely in
ancient China”, Warf wrote. The first record of the drug’s medicinal use dates
to 4000 B.C. The herb was used, for instance, as an anesthetic during surgery,
and stories say it was even used by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 B.C.  

Marijuana, also known as cannabis or pot, has a long history
of human use. Most ancient cultures didn’t grow the plant to get high, but as
herbal medicine, likely starting in Asia around 500 BC.

But the victories could create a clash over states’ rights
since the federal government continues to consider marijuana even for medical
use an illegal substance, and the possession, sale or distribution of marijuana
a crime. Anticipating a confrontation, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
warned celebrants not to “break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly” as his
administration figures out how state residents can buy and sell marijuana
without running afoul of federal laws.

They should legalize marijuana they have a lot of pros and
cons. Some of the pros of legalization marijuana is it dismantling some of the
black market. If marijuana gets legalize all around it will increase most of
the tax revenue. Most of the Crimes that are happening now of days are because
some type of deal can’t go right as far as to smoking marijuana to them arguing
or to them arguing over some money they did not want to pay and felt like
someone was cheating them out their money and/or product. The Legalization of
marijuana will also open up some of the vendors and availability of Medical
Cannabis. A lot of people in the United States use marijuana for health
problems for some types of sickness and diseases. Marijuana can be treat for
glaucoma and can help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve
lung health it can help control epileptic seizures. Marijuana also decreases
the symptoms of a severe seizure disorder. A chemical found in marijuana stops
cancer from spreading throughout the body.

 Rate of pot use is
higher among offenders than nonoffenders, but that definitely does not mean
that pot causes criminal behavior. Another factor may be driving both results –
or it could be that the causality goes the other way, and criminals are just
more likely to use drugs. Furthermore, pot, unlike alcohol, doesn’t generally
unleash aggression, so it’s much harder to link it to violent crime.

      Marijuana is
quite harmful but so much of it can be very heavy and hurt you in so many
different ways. After so many studies back to back of marijuana it has been
said that it is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco and not like some of the
other “hard” drugs such as heroine and cocaine. Some of the Cons of legalizing
marijuana are that the substance abuse Marijuana is Heavily Addictive to all
ages. Second-Hand Smoke could become a problem it is contagious and can kill
you if you inhale too much of it. Some of your vital organs and lungs are at
risk of getting seriously damaged. Marijuana can also be known as a gateway
drug it is an opening for the rest of the drugs that are out there to come to
up or you get opened up to them. Marijuana also messes up your vision if you
have too much of it back-to-back.  Kids
who use marijuana are statistically more likely to go on to use other drugs,
but that doesn’t mean marijuana use causes use of other drugs. The same factors
driving marijuana use probably explain use of other drugs. Marijuana will make
you go crazy and make you see all types of illusions things that are not really
there. Most of the outrageous crimes, killing, gang wars, and drug deals gone
badly will end if they legalize marijuana. Most of the Crimes that are
happening now of days are because some type of deal can’t go right as far as to
smoking marijuana to them arguing or to them arguing over some money they did
not want to pay and felt like someone was cheating them out their money and/or
product. The use of marijuana can lower the chances of you finding a good and
decent job. It can also damage the brain of a marijuana smoker experience
restricted flow, which can continue even after a month of abstinence.  Poor mental health is the main cons of
marijuana such as schizophrenia and depression. Researchers are not sure yet if
the drug really triggered such conditions.


As of Now today there are 20 states pulse around the country
that medical marijuana is legal in. Smoking marijuana can be beneficial it is
overstated by advocates of marijuana legalization new laws will help researchers
study the drugs medical uses to give a better understanding on how it impacts
the body. Recreational of Marijuana usage is controversial, many agree it
should be legal for medical use only. 50 percent of the prisons population are
there due to drug related incidents. About 750,000 people are arrested every
year for marijuana offenses in the U.S. There’s a lot of variation across
states in what happens next. About 40,000 inmates of state and federal prison have a current
conviction involving marijuana, and about half of them are in for marijuana
offenses alone; most of these were involved in distribution. Less than one
percent are in for possession alone. Not all arrests lead to prosecutions, and relatively few
people prosecuted and convicted of simple possession end up in jail. Most are
fined or are placed into community supervision. About 6 million of America’s 30
million users over the age of 12 use pot on a daily or almost-daily basis
according to household survey data – a fifth of those who say they have used
marijuana in the past year – but they account for about 80 percent of all
marijuana consumed.










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