Facts that are kept from legalizing marijuana A cording to the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, “Cannabis continues to be, by far the most widely used drug in the world. ” More then 100 million Americans aged twelve or older- or 40. 2 percent of the population-have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetimes. More than 3. 2 million Americans use it on a daily basis.
1. Thus why does marijuana continue to be illegal? After researching the topic, I was amazed on how much exaggerated propaganda and facts about marijuana is incorrect, my position on marijuana is for recreational and manufacture legalization use.First I’m going to share with you a brief history of cannabis, beginning from the time of early colonial settlers to our current elections. Second, the main reasons why we’re told marijuana is bad. From it kills brains cells to the gateway theory, and finally who profits from marijuana being illegal.
Marijuana history 101, marijuana was one of the first crops cultivated by the early colonial settlers; it’s funny how they fail to mention that in history class. However used in making paper, sturdy garments, fabrics, lighting oil, medicines and fivers the early colonial legislative bodies encourage it as a cash crop.In fact the first marijuana law to go into effect was to order farmers to grow it Jamestown Colony, Virginia 1969. Benjamin Franklin used it to start one of Americas first paper mills, The first two copy’s of the declaration of independence were written on cannabis paper, in 1969, when it was introduce to new England, until the invention of the cotton gin and similar machinery, hemp was a major crop in the United States. The United States Pharmacopoeia, a highly selective drug reference manual, listing recommended cannabis for a wide variety of disorders. So at what point did things began to change for Marijuana.The first Americans to use hemp for recreational use were the Black Cavalry unit’s station along the Mexican border.
However sailors also brought back the drug from South and Central America, and of course the Mexicans “wetbacks” who cross the border to work on the beet fields. So clearly members of minority groups were the first people that smoked marijuana for mostly recreational purposes. By the early 1920 yellow journalism began to attack marijuana, articles showed Mexicans and blacks as beasts that would smoke marijuana play devils music (Jazz) and disrespect the whites, some offenses include ooking at a white women twice, laughing at a white person, or even stepping on white men’s shadows. From 1915 until 1933, marijuana use was perceived to be a local problem, and state after state enacted some form of prohibition against the nonmedical abuse of the drug. California in 1915, Texas in 1919, Louisiana in 1924, New York by 1927- one by one most states acted, usually when faced with significant numbers of Mexican and Negroes utilizing the drug. 2 All this lead to the first law banning marijuana in 1937, when lawmakers enacted the marijuana Tax Act.
The Bureau of Narcotics commissioner, Harry J. Anslinger, claimed that hemp plan should be banned because it had a violent “effect on the degenerate races,” i. e.
, the Blacks and Mexican immigrants entering the country for job during the great depression. 3. Do you being to see a pattern here? This tax act not only included Marijuana but also hemp, and cannabis medicines. It believed that hemp potential for an abundance of new products could result in direct competition with other sources. 4. But will talk more about does other sources later.
Things began to change in favor of marijuana during WWII the government decided that Marijuana ones again was a good thing, even produced a video “hemp for victory” but by the time the war was over marijuana ones again became bad. And in 1948 when marijuana law ones again became into question congress learned that they made marijuana illegal for all the wrong reasons, marijuana didn’t make people violent, in fact it made them pacifist. The communist will use it to keep Americans from the will to fight, congress now voted to keep marijuana illegal for the exact opposite they had outlaw it in the first place.Not until the 1970’s that the federal government declare a war on drugs, and by war on drugs they meant war on marijuana, fueled by the counterculture of the 1960s increased in popularity by singers, musicians, actors and hippies. President Nixon calling drugs “public enemy number one. ” Announce the begging of the “war on drugs”. President Nixon administration then passed the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 and established the Drug Enforcement Administration (C. E.
A). 5.The Controlled Substance Act placed drugs and prescription substances into five categories, and marijuana a Schedule I drug: marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Schedule I drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. .
However in 1972 The Shafer report a study on marijuana stated that marijuana is essentially harmless, President Nixon keeps the report from view of the rest of congress, and orders universities to destroy the report. So for 80 years now marijuana has been illegal until California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 1, 2010 signed into law a bill that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.The bill reduces simple possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction a maximum $100 fine, and on November 2, 2010 Californians will decide weather or not to legalize marijuana: Proposition 19 Legalizes Marijuana Under California but Not Federal Law. Permits Local Governments to Regulate and Tax Commercial Production, Distribution, and Sale of Marijuana. Initiative Statute. Now that we cover the history, let’s talk about the exaggerated propaganda of weed, and how it’s bad for you.
Millions of people remember this TV commercial “This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs” showing fry eggs “any questions. ” For years we’ve been told marijuana kill’s brain cell, but where did this study originally come from? In 1974 governor of California Ronal Reagan announces the Tulane study by Dr. Heath, the most reliable study on smoking marijuana; permanent brain damage is one of the inedible results of the use of marijuana.Here’s how the study was done, monkeys pump full of marijuana 30 joints a day had began to die after 90 days, brain damage was determined comparing the moneys that were expose to marijuana to the ones that were not. This study became the foundation for the government and other special interests groups claim that marijuana kills brain cells. Here’s what they didn’t tell you, after 6 years of universities and other special interest groups requesting copies of Dr.
heath report, it was discover that instead of giving the monkeys 30 joints a day, monkeys were pump 63 Columbian joins with gas mask within 5 minutes over 3 months.So basically what they did was suffocate the monkeys. Leaving them without oxygen so after x amount of time the brain shuts down if you suffocate the first thing that going to happened is your brain dies of a lack of oxygen. “4 minutes without oxygen brain damage may result”. 8. How many people not knowing the origin of the study believe marijuana causes brain damage. Study since has shown no brain cell damage, in fact Xia Zhang, University of Saskatchewan reported in the journal of clinical investigations 2005 new research suggest that marijuana could stimulate new brain cell growth.Another comment belief marijuana cause’s lung cancer, fact is not a single case of lung cancer in the history of cannabis has ever been reported.
Dr. Donald Tashkin, UCLA Marijuana use and lung cancer: results of a case- control study elements in marijuana doesn’t cause lung cancer. How about marijuana is bad, you will die from using it. Let’s look at some real number. The number one killer in this country beat out: aids, heroine, crack cocaine, alcohol, fire, accidents and murder combine…. tobacco. If we could extract fuel and medicine from tobacco it be illegal too, but will cover that last.
With an average of 433,000 deaths a year tobacco is number one. Number two on the list alcohol with 85,000, caffeine comes in at 10,000 and aspirin 7,500 death a year. Now marijuana not a single death attributed to marijuana. An argument could be made that there is a rise in marijuana in emergency rooms by up to 40 percent between 2008 to 2010 but that’s because patients are asked what drugs they have used in the last 6 months, marijuana mention does not mean that marijuana caused the hospital visit..
Now what about addiction, studies show that 97 percent of teenagers in treatment centers are there because of marijuana addiction, Here’s why, these young people arrested for minor possession offenses, brought before a judge and order to rehabilitation in lieu of jail or juvenile detention. So basically go to jail or get treatment. Now my favorite the “gateway theory” witch means marijuana will lead you to stronger drugs.
Such as morphine an heroine. Fact is study after study showed marijuana will not lead to stronger drugs.A possible correlation might be because people get marijuana from drug dealers, the drug dealer might suggest a stronger drug promising a longer high. The result addiction to cocaine and heroine, bring in more money to the drug dealer. So there is a gateway effect, but it’s a gateway effect created by society and prohibition.
Now lets not forget being lazy to society if you use marijuana, with 50 millions American that use marijuana well if that’s true, how do we still flourish? People such as: Bill Gates, Dr Francis Crick. (Nobel Prize winner), Pablo Picasso, Al Gore, virtually every presidential candidate has said to tried marijuana.The people that has personality problems, the people that are lazy are going to loose their jobs anyways. It’s not because of marijuana, that’s just a lie. Now lets talk about who profits from marijuana staying illegal, the first person that pop into my mind is the drug dealer, the last thing a drug dealer would want is for marijuana to be legal.
Now why would dealers’ wants to keep marijuana illegal, because large corporations would take over, imagine pharmaceutical grade marijuana with perfect join roll by Phillip Morris International Inc.Now lets talk about the lumber companies, you want to eliminate deforestation have farm in the United States grow cannabis not only can we eliminate the demand of lumber but also solve our dependence in crude oil. Until cannabis is legal to grow in the United States lumber companies will continue to profit from cutting down threes. One acre of hemp, in annual rotation over a twenty-year period would produce as much pulp for paper as four acres of trees being cut down over the same twenty-year period. Now what about the oil industry, hemp can produce 10 times more methanol than corn, the second-best living fuel source. Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields? ” –Henry Ford. 9.
In 1941 the Ford Motor Company produced an automobile with a plastic body made from sisal, wheat, and primarily (70%) hemp. The plastic withstood blows 10 times as great as steel could without denting. Its weight was 2/3 that of a regular car.
Its engine was designed to run with hemp-oil fuel. What about private prisons? Yes we have private prison in the United States, why because it’s a big business; 750,000 people a year are sent to prison for marijuana possession. That number now rival inmates in jail for: rape, murder, and aggravated assault combined, this has cause local police union to enforce tougher, and longer sentences for marijuana used. Basically the more people we send to jail for marijuana, for a long time the more prisons will have to build.Let’s put all this people aside, who profits the most from marijuana staying illegal, and is also the most profitable industry in the United States? In 2009 the pharmaceutical companies revenue 350 billion dollars. Now why would the pharmaceutical companies be against marijuana, because it’s a natural easy to grow herb that can help with over 200 illness: Relief from: muscle spasms, chronic pain, suppression of nausea, weight loss-increase and restore metabolism, Glaucoma, Multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiety, depression the list goes on and on.Not a single product today provides that many benefits. The United States supported a production of a synthetic form of marijuana and to put it in a capsule.
Also known as Marinold with exactly the same 23 atoms as marijuana, now if marijuana is so bad for us then why would the government try to create medicine out marijuana, because it is medicine, the side effects of Marinold are extreme feeling of happiness, and drowsiness, the positive effect of Marinold are not even close to marijuana healing properties.Finally I have cover the history of marijuana, why most people think it’s bad for you, and who profits the most from keeping it illegal. After researching the truth about marijuana, my position for it is stronger then before.
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