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Medical Marijuana LegalizationMedical Marijuana Legalization
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Publish-date-icon June 26, 2012
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Medical Marijuana Legalization

PREFACE



  • 6000 B.C.: Cannabis seeds used for food in China by Hua Tuo

  • 1271-1295: Marco Polo first brings the use of hashish to Europe’s

  • 1840: Medicinal preparations of cannabis are made available in the USA

  • 1906: Pure Food and Drug Act is passed, regulating the labeling of products containing Alcohol, Opiates, Cocaine, and Cannabis

  • 1915-1927: Cannabis begins to be prohibited for nonmedical use in the U.S., especially in SW states...California (1915), Texas (1919), Louisiana (1924), and New York (1927)


LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

Legalization vs. Decriminalization



  • Legalization: the product would be sold legally and taxed in a well-regulated market (like buying alcohol at the liquor store which is controlled by the state)

  • Decriminalization: it would no longer be considered a punishable crime to possess, but sale would still be a punishable offense.


PROS OF MARIJUANA



  • When used in moderation, the drug is no more harmful than legal drugs, such as tobacco or alcohol.

  • Limiting use of marijuana through prohibition betrays personal freedom.

  • Legalization would result in lower prices. This would help reduce crime, such as theft.

  • Cancer patients would benefit from legalization, as marijuana would be able to be used for medicinal purposes.

  • Street crime derived from drug disputes would be reduced.

  • Our economy could benefit through taxing marijuana.

  • Law enforcers could focus on more dangerous and serious crimes.


CONS OF MARIJUANA



  • Marijuana is perhaps a gateway drug.

  • Other dangers, such as driving under the influence of marijuana, may be increased.

  • To some, the use of marijuana is morally wrong.

  • Marijuana legalization may increase the number of children using.

  • More criminals will be on the streets.

  • Marijuana may cause physical damages to some users, such as lung damage.

  • Marijuana may cause physical damages to nonusers through secondhand smoke.


LEGALIZED COUNTRIES OF MARIJUANA



  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • DC

  • Delaware

  • Hawaii

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Montana

  • Nevada

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • Oregon

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Washington


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