Don't Criticize It. Legalize It.

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Don't Criticize It. Legalize It.

One might be surprised to hear that the modernly deplorable practice of smoking marijuana was initiated in 2737 B.C. by the emperor of China at the time, Shen Nung. Thus, the use of marijuana has persisted for thousands of years since its first medicinal uses in China eventually making its way to North America, and not without reason has its use been so widespread. In 1937, against the advice of the American Medical Association, the U.S. Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act, which imposed tough restrictions on marijuana sales and prescription. Politicians labeled marijuana as having a high potential for abuse, possessing no medicinal qualities, and being extremely harmful. Throughout this essay, it will become apparent that marijuana has been falsely conceived and should be legalized in order to allow for the legal and effective treatment of various illnesses, to effectively reduce drug-related crime, and to relax the expenditures of our extremely profligate war on drugs.

When smoked, marijuana provides an effective way of treating many different illnesses. As testimony to its effectiveness as a medicine, marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years all around the world and has been approved, through voting, for medicinal purposes in each of the nine states it has been proposed not including the District of Columbia. Among these illnesses are glaucoma, asthma, spasticity, convulsions, epilepsy, migraines, nausea, vomiting, and wasting syndrome. AIDS victims and chemotherapy patients find that marijuana is useful in alleviating nausea and vomiting, and can induce an increased appetite. In fact, the FDA has already approved Marinol, a pill containing THC, for the previous two uses. It has also been proven that THC is effective in reducing the intraocular pressure, a key contributor to glaucoma. There is a wealth of anecdotal evidence supporting...