Today, marijuana is arguably the most common used illicit drug in the world. Marijuana, also scientifically known as cannabis, is a very illustrious and controversial issue in today’s society. Even with all the malicious claims that have been made about cannabis in recent history, the truth is finally starting to resurface. In regard, there is still a skewed perception of a sluggish and unmotivated America which is the result of almost a hundred years of propaganda and misinformation spread by private interests for their own personal gains. Therefore, the laws should be reconsidered at today’s standards, and make marijuana legal for all uses.
The first thing that should be accounted for is all the medical uses of marijuana. Cannabis has been recorded over 5,000 years ago, used as a medicinal herb in ancient China. Even by the beginning of the 20th century, doctors and physicians had published more than 100 papers in the Western medical literature suggesting its use for a variety of disorder. These disorders include nausea, glaucoma, pain relief and movement disorders. Marijuana is also known to help stimulate appetite which is great for HIV/AIDS patients or cancer patients going through chemotherapy.
The next thing to take into account is the effect marijuana has on the body. Many people believe that marijuana kills brain cells and also causes depression. Recent studies show that cannabis has no effect on your depression and does not cause brain damage, but I will get more into that later on. Marijuana generally is a lot safer than alcohol or tobacco. Marijuana does in fact impair judgment and motor skills, but nowhere near as severely as alcohol. Deaths caused by the consumption of alcohol killed an estimated 23,199 people in 2009. Tobacco killed an estimated 435,000 people in 2000 alone. There has not been one death directly related to the consumption of marijuana in all of history.
One point that many people seem to overlook on the legalization of marijuana is the industrial and commercial use of the plant. Hemp is another form of cannabis but has less than 1% of THC. Over 25,000 products can be obtained from the components of hemp. Hemp fibers are very strong and can make many products such as paper, fabrics and rope. A single acre of hemp can yield about four times as much paper as it can from an acre of trees. Also it takes less than half the time to cultivate cannabis then it does to cultivate trees. Hemp seeds also have more protein than soy.
Marijuana can also be broken down and extract a substance called cellulose. Cellulose can then be turned into a bio-fuel called cellulosic ethanol. This can power automobiles and many other technologies today. This could then relieve our reliance on gasoline, and turn to more alternative and green fuel to help our economy and environment. Cellulose can also be obtained from corn stalk, but at even amounts, marijuana yields four times as much cellulose then corn.
So with all these uses...