Keeping Marijuana Illegal

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Why Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

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Why Marijuana Should Remain Illegal
Marijuana is proven to contain more than 400 chemicals. Throughout time, it has been used to eliminate pain. Marijuana became illegal in the 1930s when it became known as an intoxicant drug and a dangerous narcotic. Along with becoming illegal came the restrictions of growth, sales, and consumption. Marijuana has many negative side effects mental and physical.
Marijuana has been used by millions of people who continually use it on a regular basis even though it is illegal. This essay will describe and analyze what marijuana is, how it affects the body, what happens to the body when an overdose happens, the dangers of using just a small amount of this drug, and where marijuana comes from. Where does marijuana come from? Marijuana is known as a psychoactive drug made from flowers and dried leaves of the hemp plant (cannabis sativia). The use of marijuana dates back to thousands of years. The first written accounts of marijuana have been found in Chinese records. These records date back to
28 B.C. This suggests that Chinese cultures have been growing marijuana for more than 2,000 years. Egyptian mummies have been found to contain traces of THC, which is the main component of marijuana. Marijuana made its way to the United States in the 1840s. People used marijuana as a pain reducer and to induce sleep until newer drugs such as “asprin” came out.
Marijuana has been classified as a, “Schedule I substance,” which means it has a higher chance that it will be abused. Because of its status, it is against the law to grow, sell, buy, or possess this drug in the United States. Anyone caught breaking this law can face penalties ranging from high fines to imprisonment. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually by the federal government, state government,



References: Drug Enforcement Administrative (2010) Retrieved from www.justice.gov/dea/ In Mosby' s (2010) Handbook of Herbs & Natural Supplements. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com/entry/ehsmosbyherbs/ marijuana Jacques Bergeron (2009) Marijuana Affects of perception of the driver Retrieved from www.enotalone.com/article/19483.html NIDA FOR TEENS (2010) The science behind drug abuse http://teens.drugabuse.gov/ The National Institute on Drug Abuse (2010) www.nida.nih.gov/tib/marijuana In Taber's (2009) Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary http://www.credoreference.com/entry/tcmd/marijuana In Webster's (2010) New World™ Medical Dictionary http://www.credoreference.com/entry/webstermed/marijuana Office of National Drug Control Policy (2010)

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