December 3, 2012
The topic of marijuana has been a big topic for the past few years. The United States considers marijuana as a drug, in some other countries they say it is a natural herb that is grown from the ground. The issue at hand is “should marijuana be legalized?” the congress of the US stay in a constant debate on this subject. Why is the subject of marijuana such in high demand, if the US already considers it a drug? There are many facts that need to be looked at before a final decision can ever be made. In contrast since the past two weeks the state of Colorado became the second state in the US to legalize marijuana. Obviously it is possible for marijuana to be accepted into society, obviously there are as much pros as there are cons. The correct name for marijuana is “cannabis.” Cannabis comes from the cannabis sativa plant. This plant is mainly grown in China, Africa, and some parts of the Caribbean and South America. In China the plant’s original usage was the strong hemp fiber that came from it, it was good for making fishing nets, and clothes, you can still find hemp fiber being used in ropes. Also many ancient civilizations soon discovered the hallucinogenic power the plant had when inhaled into the body, many Chinese, even the Indians began to smoke cannabis because in their minds it allowed them to connect one on one to their god. In years to come the Chinese began to use cannabis for medical usage. Cannabis has always been looked to for medicinal values. It was actually first introduced by a British doctor in the year of 1839, he found that marijuana was actually very helpful for those that suffered from things like; epilepsy, rabies, and tetanus just to name a few. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that marijuana would be looked upon as the new drug. Since then the usage of smoking cannabis has become rather popular across the globe. Instead of it being looked at as an herb from the ground, it is now being looked at as the most popular drug there is around the world, which causes relaxation in the body. It is also referred as pot, ganja, mary jane, weed, and marijuana. Marijuana is now illegal in the United States, so there is now a dispute going on Capitol Hill, as to the legalization of marijuana. As of the recent election of 2012 two states have legalize the usage of marijuana. It is also a well profited drug in the UN and the US, but because it has been labeled as a drug, those profits cannot be considered as honest money. There are many views to look at from both sides of the table. But the topic of legalizing marijuana is a long time discussion that we will never have a right or wrong answer to. There are two sides to this argument, which one is that marijuana should not be legalized, it is a drug. My concern with that one statement is, it is considered a drug to whom? Not everyone sees marijuana as a drug, some see it as medication, and some see it as apart of their religious beliefs. Let’s look at the theory of relativism, what one person or group may see as wrong, may not be wrong to another person or group. Marijuana may be wrong to the government in the United States, but it is accepted as a spiritual healer in the Indian culture. Everyone has their own preference, we all have the right to agree to disagree. Who are they to point the finger, but they do. In their eyes these medical marijuana clinic are being used in the wrong manner. “Some medical marijuana clinics have been taken over by illegal for- profit businesses that sell recreational marijuana to healthy young adults and attract crime,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said last September(2012, Duke). Marijuana clinics are being looked at in the wrong manner, they are pointing finger to the drug itself rather than the people that uses marijuana, in their eyes these clinics bring criminals to decent neighborhoods. There are so many different controversies surrounding marijuana. Some would even say that those who are...
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