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Marijuana, a mild psychedelic drug, why is it illegal?

Updated on November 23, 2010

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Marijuana, a mild psychedelic drug, why is it illegal?

Throughout thousands of years we have known of this plant that has help society evolve into what it is today. We have actually known of its uses since 8000 b.C. To read more about this you can read my Hemp blog here. Marijuana has been used from ropes to medicine to treat cancer and AIDS patients. At the time, marijuana is an illegal drug in the United States. Different points of views fill media, some saying it should be legal some saying it should be illegal. To understand each point of view and make your own opinion you must first know all the facts and history.

How it became Illegal?

Hemp had various uses throughout America and it was processed and made with slavery. In 1865 slavery was abolished after the civil war so there were no effective means to process hemp fiber. However, in 1935 a machine called the decorticator was created and it was a machine that could effectively process hemp fiber. So after that hemp took over industry even Popular Science had this cover that said “Hemp the billion dollar product” and everybody started to use hemp fiber for paper, and many other industrial uses. During this time there was a man called William Randolph Hearst who owned all this newspapers and also paper mails. And since hemp was taking over he would have had to start using hemp but it would have cost him millions of dollars to turn his paper mails into hemp. So instead he decided to start printing stories in his paper talking about this drug called Marijuana. Marijuana isn’t even a slang term for Cannabis (the pant from were hemp and marijuana come from) it actually meant a Mexican wild tobacco. But what made marijuana illegal is that William Randolph Hearst said “Blacks and Mexicans are smoking marijuana and this is making them rape white women”. Later on he was supported by the government and the government said that Marijuana lead to insanity, proved by some research done in the 1930’s which involved giving marijuana to people with schizophrenia, completely unrelated.  So the congress acted out making marijuana illegal, not knowing that they had just made hemp illegal.

Marijuana’s influence in economics and why it is it still illegal?

Marijuana is still illegal completely because of economics. Because if marijuana were made legal it would cost pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars each year and it would lower alcohol consumption. For instance, the pot commercials that are put into TV saying that marijuana is bad are sponsored by Partnership for a Drug Free America. Partnership for a Drug Free America is owned by alcohol companies. Alcohol is a drug that kills 85,000 more people each year than marijuana!

Legal Marijuana

Medical marijuana is currently legal in 14 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, DC, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The fist one legalized was California, in 1996, which popularity involves Medical Marijuana legalization and recently New Jersey and DC became legal states in 2010. Medical marijuana is legal under prescription but users of it can still be prosecuted be federal police. They are legal to state police but can be prosecuted by federal police. There are various ways to consume medical marijuana, some of them are: smoking marijuana, pills of THC and shots of THC are the most popular. Medical marijuana has helped many people in the United States to treat pains, nausea, insomnia, loss of appetite, cancer stress and pains, anxiety, arthritis, glaucoma, spasticity, tumors, seizures, microbes, Tourette’s, dystonia, and more are under reaserch.

Shocking Marijuana Facts

As part of the "War on Drugs", U.S. gives hundreds of millions of dollars per year of military aid to Colombia.

War on Drugs results in the arrest of 1 million Americans each year.

Your tax money is spent on maintaining and expanding the prison infrastructure required to continue this policy.

Marijuana is not addictive. Only 1% of Americans smoke it on a daily basis. Withdrawal symptoms, if any, are similar to coffee consumption.

Marijuana has been proven to be effective in reducing nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating apetite in AIDS patients, reducing intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma. 

Marijuana also reduces muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders. Legalizing drugs would inject $76.8 billion a year into the U.S. economy, $44.1 billion from law enforcement savings, $32.7 billion in tax revenue.

Annual Causes of Deaths in United States:
Car Accidents-26,347
Prescription Drugs-32,000


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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      This a very informative and well-organized hub! The chart that shows annual causes of death is always the most powerful example of marijuana's safety over other drugs. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

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      GT Can Club 6 years ago

      La marihuana medicinal es excelente para tratar con los sintomas ansiedad, estres, migraña.

      Para mas informacion contacte el Guatemala City Cannabis Club, el Club de Canabis de la Ciudad de Guatemala.

      Visite nuestra pagina web,

      despues de mayo, comuniquese al nuestro email para la nueva direccion.

      Si desea consultarnos nos puede escribir al correo electronico,

      gracias por su apoyo,

      Aaron Cohen