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The Legalization of Marijuana
Jeminesse Hudson
COM/156
December 22, 2013
David Bliss
The Legalization of Marijuana

What if there were an illegal substance that could boost the U.S. economy and treat terminal illness? Would having a better economy or treating things like AIDS and cancer be more important than keeping a drug illegal? There are several benefits that the legalization of marijuana could provide. The financial state of this country is horrible. If the laws regarding marijuana were changed then maybe marijuana could be a useful financial tool, also. In addition, are also the medical benefits that legalizing marijuana could contribute. Medical marijuana has already proven to help treat illnesses such as AIDS and all types of cancer. While in the past marijuana has always been illegal, it could prove to be a valuable medical and financial tool for America. According to Wikipedia (2013), the legal history of cannabis in the United States relates to the regulation of marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes in the United States. Regulations and restrictions on the sale of Cannabis Sativa as a drug began as early as 1619. Increased restrictions and labeling of cannabis as a poison began in many states from 1906 onward, and outright prohibitions began in the 1920s. By the mid-1930s Cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state, including 35 states that adopted the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act. Why are regulations that were made back in the mid-1930s still being applied today? I believe the answer lies in this quote “Unfortunately, a review of marijuana legislation would open up a Pandora’s Box most politicians would just as soon avoid (Bangor, 2002, p.). In other words, it would be too much trouble, and that is just to review marijuana legislation, not to change anything. There have even been cases brought to the U. S. Supreme Court regarding current marijuana laws. Unfortunately, a recent U. S. Supreme Court...