A Case for Marijuanan Legalization

Sherry Case
Sonya Russ
13 December 2012
The Case for Marijuana Legalization
Cannabis, family Cannabaceae; species: Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalia, and Cannabis sativa L., have been found to exist on every continent in this hemisphere. The use of Cannabis has existed for over ten thousand years, and is believed to have been used for much longer than its first recorded history. This paper will use the terms Cannabis and Marijuana interchangeably.
The Cannabis plant or Marijuana as much of society refers to it today happens to be one of the oldest crops cultivated by humans.   Early human society’s throughout the world who discovered the practical uses of Cannabis, often found five common uses for it including; hemp fibers, oil from seeds, seeds for food, medicine, and of course for its narcotic effects.   Research found that most human cultures across time and distance viewed Cannabis as a gift from Divine Spirits. Cannabis was used during ceremonial rituals where it was burned as incense, ingested for deep meditating and heightened awareness of consciousness. Cannabis was also smoked for pleasure and the hemp made to be worn as ceremonial clothing. The use and cultivation of Cannabis has been recorded in history dating as far back as 600 BC, in the Zend-Avesta, a sacred book used by the peoples of India which spoke about the Hemp’s intoxicating resin. In his pharmacopeia and early record of medicinal herbs, Chen-Nung, Chinese emperor and herbalist wrote about the medicinal uses of Cannabis, recording its effects on malaria, female disorders, and many other illnesses. Henry VIII required that for every sixty acres of land under tillage, that one quarter acre of Cannabis be cultivated for maritime purposes in England (Marijuana Today). The history and use of Cannabis which has been a part of the human culture for centuries seems to be of little concern when discussing the probable (and inevitable) legalization of the product in modern day United States....