Legalization of Marijuana Argument Essay
Marijuana is a highly scrutinized drug that is sad to cause horrible short and long term effects to the user. People tend to believe anything that the government tells them. 94 million Americans have experienced the effects of smoking marijuana according to a 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Marijuana is the dried leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant, used in cigarette form as a narcotic or hallucinogen. Marijuana is an extremely beneficial plant thats THC properties alter the mind giving the user euphoric effects. Marijuana is an illegal drug for all the wrong reasons. I strongly believe that our country should reconsider legalization. As long as anyone can remember marijuana has been used for religious, industrial, recreational, and newly found medical purposes.
Marijuana originated in China over 5,000 years ago the hemp plant has effected many cultures over the millennium. Some street terms include pot, weed, greens, grass, cannabis, bud, and kinds. Many of these names started to be used very frequently when marijuana became illegal in the United States. Marijuana was banned in many states back when .5% of Americans were supposedly addicted to the drug. The finalization of making marijuana illegal was in 1937 when the Marijuana tax act was passed that prohibited the use of the plant in any manner.
Religions such as Rastafarians, Shinto, and even some forms of Christianity. In the First Amendment in our U.S. Constitution it states that our government can not make laws “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. So by having laws against the use of Marijuana actually goes against our own Constitution. If the government were to comply there would at least be free use of marijuana for religious purposes. The government has done the exact opposite of complying however. One particular case was a Supreme Court ruling in Oregon v. Smith in 1990. This made it so the state of Oregon could legally...