THE TRUTH ABOUT MARIJUANA
It is generally assumed that Marijuana is an evil drug that creates menaces of society and ruins the lives of poor innocent children. Some believe it to cause cancer, breathing problems, and make people do crazy and unnatural things while under the influence of the drug. Evidently there is a high degree of confusion and ignorance surrounding the drug and the true facts about it. This sort of sheep-like behavior where people base their beliefs on the beliefs of others instead of the actuality of the subject is foolish and has grave repercussions on those who educate themselves about the drug and fight for its legalization. Now, more than ever, propositions to legalize the drug have risen, which is causing a stir between people who want it to be regulated just as tobacco and alcohol is, and people who want it to be a crime with severe punishments. With this paper, I will show you the true facts behind marijuana; the facts that are misconstrued and altered by older generations of people who want nothing more than to abolish the drug. In the first section of my paper, I will explain the science of the drug and how it actually affects a persons mind as well as debunking many of the popular myths among people. In the second section I will look into the current laws and policies about the drug and explain how it is a flawed system and how it harms the user more than the drug does. In my third and final section, I will explain my proposed policy about the drug and explain how it should be regulated in our country. The Science Behind the Drug
First and foremost, what is marijuana? “Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world; various forms of the drug have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal, social, and aesthetic effects” (Marijuana Legalization 3). For those who don’t know, “cannabis, or marijuana, is an annual flowering plant of the botanical order Rosales, which today occurs across large parts of the world, thriving in a wide range of soils types in countries from the temperate regions to those in the tropics” (Emmett 9). It can be grown outside almost anywhere where temperatures reach above 70 degrees and have at least a 4-month summer season. There are 3 kinds varieties of cannabis: “ Cannabis Sativa, a fast-growing species that grows up to four meters tall, and two very similar species Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis, which both grow slower and only reach about 2 meters” (Emmett 10). These plants all contain a multitude of complex chemicals called cannabinoids. “ The most Psychoactive of these, and the most important as far as its affect goes, is called delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC” (Emmett 10). Marijuana, when smoked, is in its most natural state, with nothing added to the plant. Most smoked marijuana come from the dried leaves and flowers. According to one article, “Marijuana is far safer than many of the foods we commonly consume…Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances ever known to man” (Fox 33). Many people believe smoking weed is only a recreational activity but there are many people out there who rely on the drug to ease a variety of ailments that they may be going through. Unbeknownst by many, the process for treating cancer is excruciatingly painful and has many side effects such as nausea, sleeping disorders, eating disorders, and anxiety (Emmett 32). Many patients who go through this procedure turn to marijuana because it has been shown to ease these symptoms without having to fill your body with other synthetic drugs that may contain even more side effects. In a recent study, Marijuana may also alleviate symptoms associated with certain neurologic disorders. For instance, marijuana has been used to treat muscle spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries (Seamon 1040). Why any human being would want to deny these opportunities to...
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