Marijuana is perhaps one of the most misunderstood drugs in today’s society. Unlike other hard drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines, marijuana is grown naturally. It is a greenish gray mixture of dried and broken leaves, stems, seeds and flowers from the Cannabis Sativa plant. It has been illegal in American society since the passing of the marijuana tax law in 1937 removing its legal status. (LegalizationOfMarijuana.com , 2001).
Since then questions from the population regarding its legal status and health risks have been endlessly debated. It has been demonized as a gateway drug, meaning its can lead to the use of even harder drugs such as heroin. The illegality of Marijuana requires that people make a stand against the illegality of its religious, medical and political use. This topic will give reasoning in regards to why Marijuana should be legalized.
The main reason which has been given against the legality of Marijuana is the fact that it is classified as a Schedule I drug. What this means is that it has a high potential for abuse. Marijuana has been under this status more than 38 years and was banned for 33 years before that during the passing of the Marijuana tax law in 1937.
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