War Upon A Plant

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The War Upon A Plant Within the last century our government has established laws against certain substances and chemicals labeled drugs. These drugs are often used for recreational use and can have dangerous side affects. Substances within this category include cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, lsd, and marijuana. Marijuana being illegal is a controversial subject with many advocates petitioning for legalization. Many countries around the world have made marijuana legal and accessible. In Holland marijuana and hashish (a product made of concentrated marijuana into a brown hard chunk which is smoked or eaten) are openly sold in shops and restaurants. Canada and Austria have made laws prohibiting the production of marijuana for sale, allowing for personal consumption. I personally have been to shops in Europe where seeds for personal cultivation are sold. I also have a friend in Salzburg who grows his own marijuana plants but does not sell the product. I am one person who does not agree with the laws that prohibit the marijuana plant.

If marijuana were legalized our country would experience many positive side effects with few negative concerns.

The plant known as marijuana has been used among human cultures for thousands of years. Marijuana has been used in many forms: eaten, smoked, used in clothing and rope productions, and even religious rituals and ceremonies. Marijuana is considered a recreational drug, often compared to alcohol and tobacco. When consumed marijuana often has mental and physical affects upon the consumer, causing relaxation and inducing hunger. The side effects of marijuana are not many, long term use has show to decrease memory and in some cases harm the lungs and liver. In certain cases, when marijuana is smoked, the user can experience slow reaction in thought and loss of decisive capabilities. Marijuana is not proven to have any cancer causing...