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Cannabis Will Change the United States

Updated on August 1, 2011


U.S. law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance which means the federal government views marijuana as highly addictive and having no medical value. Doctors may not "prescribe" marijuana for medical use under federal law, though they can "recommend" its use under the First Amendment.


In Harrisburg, legislators are pushing for passage of a bill that would make Pennsylvania the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana. Recent polls have found that most Pennsylvanians favor medical marijuana including myself although I do not use it at this time. In the future if I was to have a medical issue I hope it could be an option. I do not believe the government should have the right to deprive people of an option that may help someones medical conditions.

PROS:
- Weed has over 200 proven medical uses
-Weed has no long-term negative affect on your body
-Over 17 million dollars a day is spent to keep pot holders in jail, wasting tax payers' money
-Very non-addictive less than caffeine
-Promotes brain cell growth, does not kill them
-No one has ever died from marijuana usage because there is no lethal dose
-Places like Amsterdam, drug cartels and violence overall would be greatly decreased since legalization
-If we had controlled market of weed we could make of 7.7 billion dollars each year of all its uses
-Weed can help take over cotton and lumber industries in a good way, noticing it's 10x faster to grow, 1 acre of hemp produces as much paper as 4 of wood, 1 acre also produces that of 3 of cotton and is also more durable, and fiber board made of hemp is twice as strong of wood.
-Over 1m people are arrested every year of weed possession, which makes it harder for them to find a job which adds to the unemployment rate
-Legalization would create jobs such as shop owners, producers, pickers, quality tester, factory for making into clothing or wood and what not, ect..
-Weed isn't a gateway drug, just cause you smoke doesn't mean you wanna go shoot up some other drugs
-Weed was illegalized off a falsely conducted test saying it killed brain cells and racism
-Weed isn't addictive, you could be addicted to it. but you can be addicted to drinking Pepsi

- Marajuana could save the recession by stimulating the economy. It would bring in 6.2 million if weed was taxed like alcohol and tobacco

- Safer than alcohol and tobacco

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Great topic!! I recommend watching "The Union"...it contains some jaw-dropping facts about the benefits of marijuana. Thanks for the info- voted up!!

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      billabongbob 6 years ago from South Wales, UK

      Apathy can be a problem for some, but not all. It's the tobacco that is used to smoke the mj that causes lung (and other)cancer, People who smoke weed and then develop schizophrenia were more than likely predisposed to develop it anyway.

      It's negative aspects are exaggerated. It's benefits down played. It has more benefits than not, and it should be down to personal choice whether it is used or not ;)

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      AndrewEngel 6 years ago

      Interestingly, the author skipped the most important benefit.

      Legalization takes the criminality out of Marijuana.

      The DEA recently estimated that the price of medical grade marijuana would drop by thousands of dollars per pound were it able to be grown legally. The DEA further estimated legalization would deny the drug cartels of nearly $30 Billion in ill-begotten revenue in the first year alone.

      A Legal product can be inspected at the border to insure it is free of pesticides and other contaminants, it can be subject to sales tax and import tariffs, and like alcohol, it can be controlled.

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      kmackey32 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Oh no not youngsters. They must be 18 just like tobaco.. lol

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      Richieb799 6 years ago from Cardiff, Wales UK

      I'm not sure if I agree with it being available for youngsters to get high all day but when I'm old and retired and suffering from arthritis I'd love to have pain relief lol

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      Albert Street 6 years ago from Northern USA

      Great information. It's true there are so many uses for Weed. It would also be a great help for our economy. Thumbs up!

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      k, Marinol is legal, the pill form. H

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      tamron-

      mj didn't help my ex-fiancee's anger issues. he was just as likely to hit me when he was high.

      stress - yes - i think mj helps, but so does going for a walk, which is far better for you. same goes for venting with a friend or meditating.

      better use for mj is to improve appetite in a cancer patient.

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      tamron 6 years ago

      Marajuana from what I have seen has positive effects with users. It is great for people who has anger issues and Marajuana is great for stress. More and more seniors are using Marajuana my question is if seniors are ok with Marajuana why is it against the law? Great Hub! Ping Ya1

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      R.S. Hutchinson 6 years ago from USA

      This is very informative... I think it would be great if you could cite your sources!

      wait wait wait... I read this:

      "Weed can help take over cotton and lumber industries in a good way, noticing it's 10x faster to grow, 1 acre of hemp produces as much paper as 4 of wood, 1 acre also produces that of 3 of cotton and is also more durable..."

      If that is true - that alone should be a reason! We are facing a huge cotton shortage right now and the cost of clothing is about to double, in-spite of the economic duress we are all under. Cest La vie!

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      kmackey32 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      OK Wilderness I will put the cons on there in a bit...lol

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      Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      As cathylynn says earlier, I agree with most of what you have presented here. Nevertheless while I would agree with the conclusion to legalize the drug I would like see the cons as well - it makes a more balanced approach and gives me more information to decide for myself.

      Nice hub.

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      kmackey32 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Cathylynn99,Who says you have to smoke it, you can eat it in brownies, that will have no affect on the lungs...lol

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      January Moon 6 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      I love this blog,as a 420 lover, I cannot wait until it legalized in every state, I visited California and you can buy medical weed in shops:) great hub voted up!

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      i voted up and agree with legalization, but mj is not free of serious side effects. studies in rats show it to be more likely to cause lung cancer than cigarrettes. regular users have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia than non-users. to say nothing of the apathy that develops in chronic heavy users.

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