Legalization of Marijuana

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Frank Gonsalves
English Comp1
Professor Smith

Legalization of Marijuana
Have you ever wondered why marijuana was illegal? Keeping marijuana illegal costs tax payers a bunch of money, and is not even an effective way to solve the problem of marijuana use. People have the right to choose for themselves if they want to use marijuana or not. The use of marijuana does not affect anyone but the person using it, so why not let them use marijuana if they choose to. According to the Marijuana Legalization Organization, the criminalization of marijuana does not keep young kids from using it and it also does not stop the abuse of marijuana, if anything it makes it worse. If the government would legalize marijuana and let those of a reasonable age decide whether or not to use it, then they could create safe place to buy marijuana where kids couldn’t get to it. The regulation of where marijuana is bought, who is able to buy and use it would make marijuana sufficiently healthier. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug according to the MLO, and it has been abused for many years. The main reason that marijuana is used abusively is because it has been under prohibition for many years.

Marijuana has many other names but three of the commonly known names are cannabis, reefer and weed. Marijuana derives from the hemp plant Cannabis Sativa. For over two-thousand years marijuana has been cultivated all over the world, and may contain up to four hundred chemicals. One of the main chemicals in marijuana is THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannainol) (Marijuana). “Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana” (Medical Marijuana). The fact that marijuana contains THC is why marijuana is illegal (MLO). The amount of THC within a certain strain of marijuana determines the potency, or how strong it will be. Sometimes it isn’t strong at all when other times, it can be extremely strong. It all depends on how the marijuana is grown. With cultivation improving in today’s age, marijuana can obtain a strong amount of THC, making the marijuana extremely potent. When consuming marijuana the THC reacts with your body giving you a “high” feeling. It can simply just put you at a state of relaxation, but for some users it can cause paranoia (Marijuana).

As marijuana is the most commonly used drug, there has to be something that makes it known as a drug. There was a rapid increase in the amount of users of marijuana in the 90’s. Not only the amount of users increased but the age where the users first tried marijuana was severely decreasing at the same time. Marijuana is the most commonly used forbidden drug (Marijuana). In 1937, “Marijuana was outlawed at the national level in the US by the marihuana Tax Act of 1937” (Marihuana). Many crimes involving the use of marijuana started to emerge, that led the government to illegalization. The use of marijuana has been led to believe that the user is not in the right state of mind. Acts of rape to young girls, murders and the decision to randomly get married all involved marijuana and eventually led to illegalization (Marihuana). As those incidents are on the extreme side, there are affects that are more commonly known to man. More commonly known affects when under the influence of marijuana may be short term memory loss, a delayed reaction time, and your coordination and balance can be altered as well as the ability to operated machinery. There are two ways to consume marijuana. One way to inhale it by smoking the marijuana plant, or it can be sautéed in butter or oil and the cooked into food and be eaten and digested. Both smoking and eating of marijuana contaminated foods give the same effects. According to the MLO, the only difference is that when smoking, the THC impairs your body much quicker and most likely to peak within twenty minutes after smoking. When eating, it may take up to 20 minutes before your feel any affect (Marijuana).

As a user of marijuana for...
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