Cannabis: Right or Wrong?
Should marijuana be legal? Well, this question has been lingering since the
government made it illegal in the 1930s. The history of marijuana goes back to
prehistoric times. Back then hemp was used as fabric to make clothes. One mans
campaign in the 1930s was the cause of
marijuana becoming illegal. His name is Henry
J. Anslinger, he was named the director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. His reasoning
was based strictly upon racism and violence. He believed that the drug was only used be
people of different races and it corrupted whites “ There are 100,000 total marijuana
smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their
Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white
women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others“(Anslinger).
People back then followed this, because racism was everywhere. Today we are not going
to be brainwashed on this issue. The facts are that marijuana is less harmful than the
drugs the government already puts into the market. Cigarettes, alcohol, and prescription
drugs kill people everyday.
Right now, marijuana is being used to help people who suffer from diseases.
People who have epilepsy, glaucoma, AIDs, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, or cancer
can be prescribed marijuana to help ease the severe pain caused by the diseases. Still, the
Federal Government prosecutes those who use it only to benefit themselves. These
people are not dealers they just use it to ease pain and get around high prices for
prescriptions. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine did an intensive study of the effects of
marijuana on patients and concluded: "Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety . . . all can
be mitigated by marijuana."