The legalization of marijuana is considered a controversial issue, something that can benefit people for medical purposes, but what about recreationally? Marijuana has been illegal since 1937, but there’s never been a bigger push for legalization. There are several reasons why it is illegal, because of government propaganda and big industry not wanting to lose money, but this will be discussed later. The purpose of this paper is to educate, theorize, and discuss various aspects of marijuana, such as its history, development, and the advantages and disadvantages of marijuana legalization. Finally, my personal reflection on legalization and marijuana in general will be discussed.
History of Marijuana Prohibition Marijuana has…show more content…
These reports continued to increase in number well into 1937. There was a call to arms, and the FBN did two important things. First, the Bureau prepared a legislative plan for Congress, which would place marijuana directly under control of the federal government. Secondly, Anslinger launched a campaign against marijuana on radio stations and at major forums (Harry J. Anslinger, 1961). This campaign also included several racist remarks and comments such as “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men” by Harry J. Anslinger (Szalavitz, 2014). The government also based many of their arguments on false studies, and instead chose to spread propaganda to push their agenda. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed by different reports and hearings, despite the American Medical Association (AMA) being opposed to it (Schaffer Library of Drug Policy, 2014). The AMA opposed the act because the tax was imposed on physicians prescribing cannabis, retail distribution, and medical cannabis cultivation (Woodward, 1937). Some people have argued that the goal of the act was to reduce the size of the hemp industry. Andrew Mellon, Randolph Hearst, and the Du Pont family have been accused of helping the campaign and supporting the act for their own interests (French, 2004). These parties wager that Randolph Hearst felt that it was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Andrew Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury and the wealthiest man in America at the time, invested
Pros and Cons of Marijuana
Marihuana also known as cannabis is a plant and herb that contains psychotropic ingredients that is most commonly used as a drug. For centuries this drug/ herb has been consumed medically by different societies and cultures around the globe. It has been used for various medical purposes for the treatment of chronic pains, asthma, migraines and many other diseases. There have been several debates to legalize marijuana in developed countries especially United States. However, marijuana is still used in many other countries for medical purposes like New Zealand, Canada, and Belgium. Still World Health Organization (WHO) has listed Marijuana as rigorously controlled drug.
Advantages of Marijuana
Marihuana have been used for medical purposes. Doctors prescribe it during the treatment of arthritis, epilepsy, nausea and Alzheimer’s diseases. Research shows that without tobacco, smoking of marijuana could not harm lungs. It is helpful for the relief of muscular pains especially during paralysis and sclerosis. Although marijuana is the cause of cancer however it also helps in the treatment of HIV/AIDs and other cancer related diseases. It has several positive effects and has been used for centuries prescribed my medical professionals.
Disadvantages of Marijuana
Marijuana medically known as cannabis has numerous negative effects on mind and body. It is a harmful drug that can cause immediate and prolonged effects. It directly effects the memory, weakens the coordination and stability of mind. High level of intake of marijuana could frequent memory loss, instability, deceptiveness and fallacy. The effects of marijuana are imparted to the child during pregnancy. The effect on body, it could lower the blood pressure and cause abrupt heart attacks than usual. It is also the basis of chronic coughs, immune system, lungs infections and damage tissues. Once it is consume, it makes person addictive and abusive.
Many medical professionals believe that marijuana is a cheaply available substance for patients so it should be legally allowed for prescription worldwide. Marijuana is widely research topic but still long term adverse / risky effects of marijuana are unclear. Majority of people still prefer it for quick relief from the pains and diseases. Research shows easily availability of marijuana could cause several abusive and insignificant effects on society. There is a need for rich research on this topic, so that it could be better recommended marijuana as positively used drug or harmfully impactful.