Medical Marijuana - Legalize

Essay by casiemdHigh School, 11th gradeA, July 2007

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The use of marijuana is a prevalent topic in the news today. The controversy centers on the recreational use of marijuana but the hidden story is about the medical use of marijuana. Due to the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana it should be widely available for all patients.

Marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in the United States. It is described as a dry, shredded green/brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint, nail) or in a pipe (bong). It can also be smoked in blunts or cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana and often combined with another drug. Marijuana can also be mixed in with other foods or brewed as a tea. Marijuana has a pungent and distinctive smell. The smell is usually a sweet-and-sour odor.

There are numerous amounts of street names for marijuana including pot, herb, weed, grass, widow, ganja, and hash. There are also terms derived from traditional trademarked varieties of cannabis such as Northern Lights, Fruity Juice, Afghani, and a number of Skink Varieties. Smoked marijuana contains over 400 different chemical compounds. One of those compounds is called cellulose. Cellulose is the stiff, starchy material that gives plant stems their rigidity. Another compound found in marijuana is chlorophyll. It is the chemical that allows the plant to convert sunlight into energy needed for growth. The main active chemical in marijuana is THC. THC is short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. The THC kicks off series of cellular reaction that leads to the high the users experience when smoking marijuana.

Why is marijuana illegal? There are two hands to this problem. On the one hand, we have laws that punish large-scale cultivation...