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Legalization Of Marijuana

            Marijuana is a very safe, and very popular substance with tons of amazing uses in the medical field. Too many people consider marijuana to be a very dangerous, and harmful drug, and this has caused it to be outlawed in the United States. The fact is, the effects of marijuana are small and insignificant compared to those of other, legal, controlled substances. The use of marijuana in the medical field holds a number of benefits that millions of Americans can appreciate. Marijuana should be a legalized substance.
             Marijuana is derived from a natural growing plant called Cannabis plant. Cannabis plant is very versatile. There are two types of Cannabis; Cannabis Sativa, and Cannabis Indica. The relationship between the two is similar to that of an orange and a grapefruit. Cannabis Sativa is legal in the U.S., and is the form of Cannabis used to make hemp, a strong fiber used in countless materials and products. Cannabis Sativa grows wildly as a weed in the Southern U.S. (Kuhn n.p.).
             Cannabis Indica can also be used to produce hemp, but this form of cannabis is mainly cultivated for it’s resins which contain the psychoactive properties found in marijuana (Kuhn n.p.). THC (tetrahyrocannabinol) is the compound in Cannabis Indica which makes the marijuana useful. THC is a natural compound which the brain provides receptors for, as it does all cannabinoids (Kuhn n.p.). Marijuana has a strong historical background. Written accounts from 2800 B.C. tell us of cannabis cultivation in China (Kuhn n.p.). Marijuana was used as a mild intoxicant for religious reasons. It was also used as a healing device, and held a wide variety of medical uses for ancient people (Julien 171). The use of cannabis fiber was heavily detailed in the Chinese records (Kuhn n.p.). Popularity of marijuana quickly spread through Egypt and the Mediterranean region. By about 1000 A.D. After Europeans had explored those areas, they brought marijuana back to Western Europe.