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The legalization of marijuana in the United States has been a long fight since the plants inception into American culture. More and more people are educating themselves on the benefits of the plants as a controlled substance, and are getting involved in politics regarding the taboo crop. It is obvious that the legalization of marijuana is a controversial issue; however my research has brought forth constitutional issues as well.
The actual name for marijuana is cannabis. The cannabis plant is broken down into two subdivisions known as cannabis sativa and cannabis indicia. The history for the use of cannabis has been found as far back as 8000 B.C. When it comes to the use of cannabis in the ...view middle of the document...

America, being racist as usual, treated these immigrants with prejudice and thus gave rise to anti-marijuana protests and campaigns. These campaigns full of yellow journalism and propaganda, succeeded in brainwashing most of the general public into believing that marijuana made minorities violent and prone to committing crimes. The term marijuana itself refers to Its Mexican influence. Many history timelines regarding marijuana show that 29 states outlawed marijuana during this time. This is due to the Marijuana Tax act of 1937, which outlawed the possession and distribution of cannabis. The propaganda continued, condemning cannabis as an “evil, devil weed” until the 40’s. With America in its second world war, the U.S. Department of Agriculture with its Hemp for Victory campaign began giving out hemp seeds to farmers. These farmers were tasked with growing cannabis for its hemp qualities. After the war the crops were confiscated. During the 50’s many laws were passed enforcing the criminalization of weed. These laws include the Narcotics Control Act and others that created strict prison sentences and fines. The crackdown of the 50’s however, lead to hippie era of the 1960’s. Marijuana use began to find its way into the upper white middle class; mostly protesting college students. Apparently at this time, “reports commissioned by the Presidents Kennedy and Johnson found that marijuana use did not induce violence nor lead to use of heavier drugs.” The atmosphere of the 60’s led to attempts to decriminalize the personal use of weed. Examples of...

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