War Upon A Plant Essay

1442 words - 6 pages

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 ...view middle of the document...

While marijuana may not cause cancer it is known to be a trigger for emphysema. If consumed in extreme doses (a number not yet determined by scientists today) The threat of addiction to substances has etched itself into the mind of our society. Some drugs cause permanent chemical changes within a users system making it impossible in some cases to ever stop the use. People experiencing this withdrawal from drugs can become desperate and dangerous. Many robberies and murders are the result of a strung out addict in need of drugs attempting to scrape together enough money for a dose. Marijuana has no medically proven addictive properties. Some marijuana smokers develop a mental addiction to marijuana. The mental dependency is more of an urge to smoke than the need for a drug and is not proven to be dangerous. The dependant individual suffers from no withdrawal symptoms, more a feeling of laziness and boredom. The addiction of marijuana is similar to that of a gambler or someone who overeats; it is mental problems. If marijuana were legalized there would be no threat of addicts robbing and stealing to get the drug. Most violence caused by marijuana is the result of gang warfare over the profit of sales of marijuana. Someone attempted to rob me a few years ago when I was in a shady neighborhood purchasing a bag of marijuana. I was not hurt and he was but the danger was still present and could easily happen to people who are not able to protect themselves. If the marijuana were available in a government sponsored store or pharmacy people would not worry about violence involving the illegal sale.Laws also could be put into place to attempt to curb the underage use of marijuana. Marijuana dealers do not discriminate about the age of a buyer. Many dealers will encourage younger persons to start to smoke marijuana in order to increase sales. If a person must go to a store and show identification for sale, this will at least in some fashion attempt to monitor the age of a user.The costs of enforcing the laws against marijuana far outweigh the dangers that marijuana presents. An average of 125 people are arrested every day and has increased by 150 percent every decade since 1970. Nearly one third of suspects referred to U.S. attorneys in 1999 by federal law enforcement agencies were marijuana smokers. Most people arrested are not even large drug dealers, just small time users who threaten no one. The cost of imprisoning and individual is incredibly high. By adding all the small time marijuana charges in the prisons become overpopulated and understaffed. The court system of the United States is backed up with cases that cannot be reviewed. If the marijuana cases were thrown out there would be more time to focus upon cases that danger the populace. Legalization would reduce costs of prisons and reduce the number of crimes related to the plant. These crimes would not be crimes anymore. All the time officers spend arresting and controlling these individuals...

Find Another Essay On War Upon A Plant

Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Essay

996 words - 4 pages The legalization of marijuana has been a highly debated topic for many of years. Since the first president to the most recent, our nation’s leaders have consumed the plant known as weed. With such influential figures openly using this drug why is it so frowned upon? Marijuana is considered a gateway drug, a menace to society, and mentally harmful to its consumers. For some people weed brings a sense of anxiety, dizziness, or unsettling

The Symbolism of Mama's Plant in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun

1426 words - 6 pages Analyzing the Symbolism of Mama’s Plant The play A Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is about the Youngers, an African-American family, who receive a $10,000 life insurance check as a result of the death of Mama Younger’s husband. The play takes place in the 1950’s making race an important factor during the process of buying a house due to the "red lining system”. The red lining system was a way to define the value of a neighborhood

The Social Impact of the Atomic Bomb

1445 words - 6 pages The Social Impact of the Atomic Bomb One of the largest social impacts of the atomic bomb is that the atomic bomb instills fear into people for nuclear explosion and war. Before the first atomic bomb was dropped, a typical war meant that the people feared for casualty, physical pain and loss of love ones. With the new age of the atomic bomb, every coming war has a potential to become a nuclear war, and a nuclear war brings a new type of fear

Arguments for Environmental Conservation

617 words - 2 pages war and catastrophe on a scale unseen in the course of human history. (35) Finally, it is important not to underestimate the importance of the natural world to our psychological wellbeing. While many people seem content to live in them, man-made ecosystems such as cities are not conducive to a person’s mental health. As Wilson says, “It is not the nature of human beings to be cattle in glorified feedlots.” (12) Humans have evolved to fit a

The War that Changed America Forever

1102 words - 5 pages The Vietnam War was a war that changed America forever. It was a long, costly war between Communist North Vietnam, with the aid of the Viet Cong, and Capitalist South Vietnam, aided by the United States. It was a controversial war at the time, but today, it remains embedded in America's history as a war to be remembered. The reasons for the Vietnam War took place long before the war even began. For years, the Vietnamese had been under French

The Impact that the Protestant Faith Has on Society in the United States

2547 words - 10 pages Tampa Florida. The use of Weber's work to demonstrate that Plant High School can and should be classified as a sect will aid in bringing to light the unfair advantages that its attendees have, how its nature as a sect goes against the very intended nature of a publicly funded high school, and how its ability to continue to operate as a sect indirectly violates the 14th amendment as well as the precedence set forth by Brown v. Board of Education

Why the U.S. should not go to war with Iraq, and Bush's hidden agenda

1739 words - 7 pages ; without that we will never be free of this sense of vulnerability and help to create an atmosphere in the Middle East of peace -- as opposed to sustaining war, fear and terror, which the U.S. is doing at the moment.To culminate, an attack on Iraq now would be nothing but an unprovoked attack upon a country which poses a smaller threat now than ever. As previously stated the US top intelligence agency sees no reason for an attack on Iraq, there is

Taking a Closer Look at the Korean War

1826 words - 8 pages battle ground and may have been more mentally scared then the sailors who had only seen combat on a boat if they had seen any, but they all had to come back to America to get a job if they didn’t stay in the military for a career. Edward had not been too frightened from the war and he had taken up a job at the Hammermill plant where he worked to support his wife and children up until the day that the plant had closed (Personal Interview). Even

Fungi: A Misunderstood Marvel

921 words - 4 pages advent of the first light bulbs. Historical reports reveal that bioluminescent mushrooms were used as trail-markers as well as locators on soldiers’ helmets during World War I (Stephenson 2010). Though people have found fungi to be advantageous in many ways, their role in ecosystems have been equally crucial. Entire termite and ant colonies depend upon cultivating certain fungi for survival. In fact, only 25 percent of the world’s termite

Gardeners of a Modern Eden

1082 words - 4 pages , I totally agree with him. Marijuana growers are the best gardeners because they perfected the plant in growing them indoors, they make a good profit, and the plant itself fills the need of humans for transcendent altered states of consciousness. The modern prohibition against marijuana led directly to a revolution in the culture of the plant. Pollan remarks, “It stands as one of the riches ironies of the drug war that the creation of a powerful

The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan

1110 words - 4 pages completely agree with him. Marijuana growers are the best gardeners because they perfected the plant in growing them indoors, they make good business out of it, and the plant itself fills the need of humans for transcendent altered states of consciousness. The modern prohibition against marijuana led directly to a revolution in both and the culture of the plant. It stands as one of the riches ironies of the drug war that the creation of a powerful new

Similar Essays

Biology Practical To Study The Osmosis Effects Of Sucrose Solutions Of Different Molarities Upon Plant Cells (Chinese Radish And Potato Chips)

6662 words - 27 pages An Experiment to investigate Osmosis in Plant CellsAimThe aim of this experiment is to investigate the movement of water by osmosis in and out of plant cells across a semi permeable membrane in sucrose solutions of different concentrations. The plant cells used in the experiment are potato and Chinese radish tissues that are used as chips because the results and changes are easy to note and record in this way. As plant cell membranes are

Genetics Essay

970 words - 4 pages spends long time on cloning research.The process of cloningThe cloning has two main parts, one is the plant cloning and the other is the animal cloning. One type of plant cloning naturally occurs when a plant grows a runner. The runner grows horizontally across the ground forming a carbon copy of that same plant at the end. Eventually the runner dies and the daughter plant is separated from the mother plant. Another is when you cut a branch or leaf

Use Of Imagery In A Raisin In The Sun By Lorraine Hansberry

722 words - 3 pages through” (1.1.436). In this window resides a small sickly plant that comes to symbolize a measure of hope in the face of oppression as felt by the Youngers and many other black families during the post-civil war era. As Lena ‘Mama’ Younger enters the scene, she immediately opens the window and introduces a “feeble little plant growing doggedly in a small pot” (1.1.444). While the plant is in a state of fragility, the use of the word “doggedly

Foriegn Plants In Oregon Essay

1403 words - 6 pages accidently, invasive plants plague Oregon’s landscapes and fields. One plant that invades Oregon’s ecosystems is Cardous Pychocephalus which is also known as Italian Thistle. Italian Thistle is a plant native to Southern and Eastern Europe among other places. This plant grows densely and crowds out the wanted native foliage, the spindly stems and thorns prevent animals from grazing upon this plant. Acroptilon Repens, or Russian Knapweed, is