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Chris Rakel
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English 105
December 2, 2010

Legalization of Marijuana

Marijuana has had a very long and tried history in the world. The earliest known uses of marijuana go back as far as four thousand years ago. The plant has always been smoked; certain cultures use everything associated with the plant to produce certain products. The seeds can be used as a healthy substitute for certain foods; they are packed with protein and essential fatty acids. The stalk from hemp can be used in the creation over twenty thousand different products, including much cheaper oil and paper. Popular mechanics coined marijuana as the “New Billion Dollar Crop” back in 1938, and a couple of years after that it was used in the efforts against Hitler. But marijuana in American history has had a short timeframe, first banned in 1937 and then allowed again but only to be banned after WWII. Marijuana has been a tax issue for the American for the past hundred years; prohibition has done the exact opposite of what it set out to do. America should have known prohibition wouldn’t work, it didn’t work against alcohol, and instead it led to the creation of organized crime and production of more alcohol than ever before. There were more speakeasies or bars open during the days of prohibition, then there are currently open in America today, and our population is nearly triple of what it was back then. Why prohibition of marijuana has lasted this long is unknown by most people, other than the government. The government provides the most amount of money towards marijuana research each year. But most of those studies are discarded because they go against the government’s purpose for keeping marijuana illegal. Marijuana has the stereotype of being the most dangerous drug in American history, even though there aren’t any documented deaths of marijuana in its four thousand year…...

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