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Should Marijuana Be Legalized-rough draft

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized 1 Should Marijuana Be Legalized Hope Madewell Axia College of University of Phoenix Com 220 January 20 th , 2010 Marijuana has been around for ages but it was not until the twentieth century that this drug became questionable. Should marijuana be legalized? Should we allow this drug to be used freely among the American people just because it has some medical benefit? How would we keep it from our children or shall they be allowed to smoke marijuana too? Although marijuana has some medical benefit, the dangerous and mind altering drug should not be legalized. The first reference to the hemp plant (cannabis) appears as early as 2700 B.C. in a Chinese manuscript. European explorers arriving to the New World first observed the plant in 1545. It was considered to be such a useful crop that early Jamestown settlers in 1607 began its cultivation and later, in Virginia, farmers were fined for not growing hemp. In 1617, it was introduced into England. From the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century marijuana was considered a household drug useful for treating such maladies as headaches, menstrual cramps,
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Should Marijuana Be Legalized 2 and toothaches. From 1913-1938 a stronger variety of the marijuana plant was cultivated by American drug companies for use in their drug products. For most of human history, marijuana was completely legal. It wasn’t until 1937 that the Marijuana Tax Act became official. Basically, the act did not itself criminalize the possession or usage of cannabis, but levied a tax equaling roughly one dollar on anyone who dealt commercially in marijuana. It did, however, include penalty provisions. Violations of proper procedure could result in a fine of up to $2000 and five years' imprisonment. The act required that anyone dealing in marijuana or using marijuana would need to come forward to apply for a tax stamp. In 1969 in Timothy Leary v. US, this act was found to be unconstitutional since it violated the Fifth Amendment, since a person seeking the tax stamp would have to incriminate him/herself. In response the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 was passed.
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