One Last Dance with Mary-Jane

Taylor Farrington
Eng. 101, 17
Assignment 4
One Last Dance with Mary-Jane

Hemp is a very useful plant. My claims to marijuana and hemp are that the pros definitely outweigh the cons and that we need to embrace and utilize the wondrous miracle that is Cannabis. The reason why it is illegal today seems an easy question to answer, right? Because of the effects that it causes on the brain and body. Right? Wrong! The reasons why hemp was made illegal were reasons that the public were never exposed to.
Before 1883 about seventy-five to ninety percent of the world's paper was manufactured from hemp based fiber. The United States Department of Agriculture first proposed making paper from hemp pulp in the early 1930's. Although production had to wait until someone invented a machine that would separate the hemp pulp from the fiber cheaply. Meanwhile, Timber companies had just developed a new way to make whiter paper out of trees. Just when they got all their patents and business going in 1936, someone invented the hemp 'decorticating' machine. This threatened to put all the tree companies out of business, because of the fact that hemp paper is cheaper to make.(The Union)
Hemp has been used since ancient times. Industrial hemp, the parts of the cannabis sativa plant which contains less than 1% tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), can be grown as a profitable, high-quality fiber crop.   Do not confuse industrial hemp with marijuana. Marijuana comes from the flowers of the cannabis sativa plant and contains more than 1% THC. Marijuana is a mixture of brown and green leaves, flower, seeds and stems, that can be smoked or eaten in bake goods and food. Marijuana floods its user with a feeling of euphoria called a “high.” But marijuana has more than just agricultural and social uses.
Marijuana as medicine has been studied for many years. In some cultures, it is already used as medicine, and it stems back from many generations. There are many good reasons for...