The Legalization of Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes: A Great Controversy
Honors English 11
15 December 2008
Thesis: Marijuana that is used for medicinal purposes should be legalized.
Marijuana has multiple psychotic effects on humans.
The primary ingredient in marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
THC is the primary ingredient in marijuana which causes its effects
The THC produces the "high" effects an individual gets when they smoke the substance.
CBN is another ingredient found in marijuana.
CBN triggers an analgesic effect upon the individual who smokes it
Marijuana and how it is viewed today; it has changed drastically over the centuries.
1. Normally, when people think of marijuana negative connotations arise in their minds.
2. Many people buy and sell marijuana (dope, weed etc)
Marijuana was then introduced to the United States.
Marijuana was a mandatory cash crop in Virginia in 1621.
1. It was recognized by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson for its value.
2. Marijuana was the third largest agricultural crop in North America in the 1850s.
Marijuana was thought to replace tobacco as the primary cash crop.
How did marijuana become illegal?
It was first recognized for its psychoactive effects on people in the 1300s.
Invention of the cotton gin leads to decreasing yields in the marijuana industry in the United States.
Marijuana then recognized and distinguished for its effects on the human body.
Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 stopped its cultivation.
Marijuana Transfer Tax Bill passed the same year, prohibited industrial and medical use of marijuana.
3. Marijuana is declared an illegal drug.
4. Marijuana is categorized under the same genre as heroin, cocaine, morphine, and LSD.
All of this gives rise to the controversy over whether medical marijuana should be legalized.
Medical marijuana has numerous advantages.
A. To relieve nausea,