Cannabis sativa is one of nature’s most robust creations, it has a propensity to survive. From Abel’s book, Marijuana, The First Twelve Thousand Years, he describes how marijuana “sprouts from the earth not meekly, not cautiously in suspense of where it is and what it may find, but defiantly, arrogantly, confident that whatever conditions it has the stamina to survive” (ix). But marijuana is not totally selfish in nature, it does give back and allows humans to reap the benefits of its qualities. There exist nonpsychoactive varieties of the plant, which have been used for thousands of years. Use of hemp is dated back to around 10,000 years ago on the island of Taiwan. They found the characteristics of hemp advantageous to life. It could be used for a variety of applications including tempering pottery, making clothes, and making paper (4). From the historical record, there is evidence of the utilization of hemp plants in ancient China, Japan, India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (3-35). Even in these ancient times, the medicinal properties of marijuana were recognized. In the self-proclaimed “land of mulberry and hemp,” as the Chinese called it, cannabis was an ingredient for herbal medicines used to treat a wide array of afflictions (10-11). The psychoactive properties of the plant were also eventually discovered. In India these properties are discussed in Hindu doctrine. “Written some time between 2000 and 1400 B.C., the Atharvaveda (12:6.15) calls bhang [marijuana] one of the ‘five kingdoms of herbs … which release us from anxiety” (19). These early examples of the use of the marijuana plant demonstrate how it is has been a staple of life long before it was made illegal by governments throughout the world. Cannabis and hemp have proven time and time again to be a vital commodity for governments over the world. When the Americas were being taken over by the European powers, the prospect of riches from undiscovered gold and silver never materialized. But there were other riches to be found. These riches were found in the production of hemp. Hemp provided the earliest settlers of the New World self sustenance. These settlers were even advised and ordered to grow hemp by the English Crown (77). The British recognized the potential revenue that could be generated through this product, thus they promoted the growth of it to every colonist. When the fight for independence finally came to the American Colonies, the demand for hemp increased substantially. Before the Revolution “hemp sold for about twenty-seven to thirty-five shillings per hundredweight. Between 1780 and 1782, the price soared to three hundred shillings” (87-88). Congress encouraged hemp production to reduce American reliability on English manufactured clothes (91). Hemp can be directly attributable to the success of the American Revolution, so how did it disappear from the landscape, and how was it eventually demonized to result in its illegal status? The first question can be answered by looking at the circumstances and results of the American Civil War. The major production centers for hemp were in the south, so when the Civil War broke out “trade broke off with the north [and] suppliers in the south lost a major market for bagging and cordage.” The war resulted in a fatal blow to the hemp market. Competition arose “in the form of iron wire cables and bands, and cheaper jute bagging, [so] many farmers simply gave up on hemp and turned instead to other agricultural staples such as wheat.” To give a better understanding of the second question, one must take into account that hemp plants in America did not obtain high amounts of the psychoactive, sticky resin that induce intoxication. When these effects were discovered, American policymakers eventually began giving it labels such as a “depraver of youth” and a “provoker of crime” (96). At the turn of the 20th century, “about one million Americans were addicted to drugs such as opium and
Legalization of Marijuana
Purpose: The reason why I am up here is to talk about the legalization of Marijuana.
Thesis: Although you may all think that I am here to talk about the legalization of marijuana in the positive way, I am not.
A. Hello fellow classmates, my name is Ivan and I am here to talk about the legalization of marijuana as it continues to grow as important controversial issue in the United States.
B. In all honesty, don’t you think it would be great just…
vaporizer. I was entirely against smoking, I vowed never to do it and I’m thankful I never picked up the nasty habit.
I decided to narrow my topic to stopping the legalization of marijuana. I have been passionately against the act of smoking and the last thing I want is for it to become legal all over the country. The legalization is a hot topic these days and is under much discussion on whether it should be allowed in certain states. Numerous states have already legalized marijuana and every major…
Marijuana legalization in the U.S
One of the most popular topics in our national news is about the legalization of marijuana in the United States. Some states have already legalized the sell and purchase of this substance not only for medical use but also for recreational use. Many believe that with this doing so, it is a test trial amongst those states to see if the legalization of pot would be a good thing for our country, but what if it does us no good and worsens the nation? Marijuana should…
The legalization of marijuana is a popular topic in America right now, but it is my personal opinion that the cons do indeed outweigh the pros.
The issue with the legalization of marijuana is that simply put, marijuana is not harmless. It does negatively affect the brain and certainly distorts a driver’s perception which could inevitably result in an increase of vehicle accidents. If it was legalized, usage would of course increase tremendously and it would become increasingly more accessible…
Legalization of Marijuana
The Pro's & Con's of Legalizing Marijuana: A Look at Both Sides of Reason
To say that marijuana has been given a bad reputation over the past few decades is an understatement. If you’re like most Americans, you have been led to believe that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that has destroyed the lives of millions of teens and adults. You have been encouraged to believe that marijuana causes lung cancer and is…
Drugs in AS
23 April 2013
“Marijuana Legalization: Colorado and Washington State Grapple With Implementing New Laws” http://www.policymic.com/articles/22459/marijuana-legalization-colorado-and-washington-state-grapple-with-implementing-new-laws
“President Obama’s Marijuana Problem” http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/04/president-obamas-marijuana-problem-2.php
Marijuana Legalization in America
In November, Colorado and Washington created major ripples in the debate…
Legalization of Cannabis
By far the most popular illegal drug of choice is Cannabis. Cannabis (also known as Marijuana, Weed, Grass, Maryjane, Pot, and Dope) comes from the naturally, earth grown plant knows as Cannabis Sativa. Today in America cannabis is allowed in a few states for medicinal purposes only and 2 states fully allow recreational use of marijuana. Unfortunately, even though your state law allows this, federally you…
Speech on legalization of recreational marijuana
b. I stand in affirmation for the legalization of recreational marijuana for the following two reasons: a boost for our economy and extremely beneficial for medicinal reasons.
First, legalization of recreational marijuana will be a positive choice for America and our economy. Our country has had marijuana illegal for over half a century and all it has done is cause more and more taxes. As we still…
fact, I believe the production and distribution of marijuana should be made illegal in the United States.
In ancient times and even seen today, marijuana continues to me the most misinformed drug to ever hit the markets. Those who side with the legalization of marijuana spending little time focusing the few benefits of the drug while completely ignoring the harmful effects altogether. The negative effects of marijuana can be categorized into 2 categories: short term and long term. Short term effects…
states, but can be obtained in some, for it’s medicinal properties. To be prescribed it, you have to have a fatal illness, or chronic pain. However marijuana is a very common drug on the streets and can be picked up from just about anyone.
The legalization of marijuana has not been too friendly in the eyes of many republicans. Most republicans are not in favor of this and some even want to sue Obama for not arresting people for possession of marijuana. According to Jim Gerlach, Republican of Pennsylvania…