Marijuana Prohibition: Beyond Reason Argumentative Essay

Marijuana Prohibition: Beyond Reason
Argues that marijuana prohibition causes far more harm than the marijuana itself.
# 149254 | 2,165 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper looks at the thousands of years of legal marijuana use as a recreational, spiritual and medical tool prior to its becoming illegal in the United States in 1937. Next, the author relates his belief that marijuana should be legal because it is a natural herb to which it is impossible to become physically addicted, overdose or die from and that is far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, which are legal. The paper underscores that, if marijuana were legalized, instead of focusing spending the money on prohibition of the plant and taxing it, the government would have more money to clean up the cities and to provide better quality education. An additional plus would be that prisons would not be so overcrowded.

Table of Contents:
The History
What It Is and What It Is Used For?
The Legal Aspect
Should it be Legal?
Miscellaneous Uses

From the Paper:

"Marijuana is a usually, green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, and flowers of the hemp plant. Marijuana itself, if a "mind altering substance", similar to alcohol, thanks to a chemical naturally excreted by the hemp plant called tetrahydrocannabinol, or otherwise known as THC. THC affects certain areas of the brain to create the side effects of marijuana use. These effects are different for each time because when marijuana is used by a person, it's a different combination each time. So many different variables effect how the user will be affected. For example, the age of the user, the experience of the user, the size and weight of the user, the time of day, what mood the user is in, the amount used, how it was used, and the amount of THC in the marijuana are all important factors on just how marijuana will affect a person. Marijuana is used primarily by smoking; however in the past it has been used as a serum, pill, and other forms for medicinal purposes mainly before the 1920s. After the 1920s, however, Marijuana is now almost always inhaled by smoking. Glass pipes, hand rolled marijuana cigarettes called "joints", hookahs, and bongs are the main way of smoking marijuana."

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