The Magic J
Marijuana it has been used since the beginning of time, by people all over the globe. It has been used in the manufacturing of fabrics, clothing, and goods, and has even played a role in the war efforts of World War 2. Marijuana is most commonly known for its medical properties, things such as teas to help pain, reduce fevers, and even help in childbirth. Yet to this day, we sit and debate over if we want to legalize it. We weigh the pros and cons, look at statistics, listen to reports, but why? We should legalize marijuana, so anybody in need of cannabis or hemp can use it without punishment.
Many people have health concerns associated with marijuana, the biggest of all being lung cancer. To many peoples disbelief, marijuana doesn't need to be smoked to gain the benefits it provides. Marijuana can be cooked into many different foods, as well as brewed into teas, and added to drinks, while still maintaining its medicinal properties. Even adding to the fact, marijuana has been proven to be less harmful than cigarettes, and nobody has ever overdosed or died from smoking marijuana (Sulluman, Jacob). With a drug that seems quite safe, and offers many different uses, you would think the government would be using it in some way.
Whenever a drug is put on the market, regulation of that substance is needed to keep drug abuse, and trafficking under control. According to an article written by ProQuest LLC, “In 1937, Congress passed the marijuana Tax Act that mandated excise taxes and enforced penalties on the commercial handling of marijuana.” With the taxation of marijuana now present, individual states can be making an average of $500 million dollars annually (Wood). Thats over $2 billion dollars in combined income that can be used by the government to fund large scale projects, war efforts, etc. and even pay some of America’s debt, but why stop there when marijuana can be used to produce so many different products?
Hemp is a product of marijuana and...