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Should Marijuana be legal?
The first direct reference to this product as a psychoactive agent dates from 2737 B.C, in the writings of the Chinese emperor Shen Nung. The focus though was on its powers as a medication for rheumatism, gout, malaria, combined with other local remedies. Some mention was made of the intoxicating properties, but the medicinal value of this content was considered much more important. In India though it could be argued that it’s only use was as a recreational drug (perhaps to get high). The Muslims too used it recreationally for alcohol consumption was banned by the Quran (their holy book). According to some historical documentation it was the Muslims who introduced hashish, whose popularity spread quickly throughout 12th century Persia (ancient name for Iran) and North Africa.
In 1545 A.D. perhaps the Spanish tribes brought marijuana to the North America or more commonly known as the new world in those days. It was a very popular substance for the west and was used frequently. Medical use of was a common sight as well, as it was looked upon as a instant cure for many pains so was considered a common and quick and often inexpensive remedy. But like tobacco it was not grown on American soil so the "zero tolerance" climate of the Reagan and Bush administrations resulted in passing of strict laws and mandatory sentences for possession of marijuana and in heightened regulations against import and smuggling of this product from its southern borders. Thus the so called "war on drugs" brought with it a shift from reliance on imported supplies to domestic cultivation (particularly in Hawaii and California). Beginning of 1982 saw that the Drug Enforcement Administration turned its increased attention to marijuana farms as well in the United States, and there was a shift to the indoor growing of plants specially developed for small size and high yield. After over a decade of decreasing use, marijuana smoking began an upward trend once more in the early 1990s, especially amongst teenagers.
Today there is a huge debate in United States and Canada whether to regulate this product (drug) and legalise (allow) its usage for medicinal purposes only.
Lot has been said, written and talked about on this issue. Even some local politicians have promised to take this talk to federal parliaments and even lobby for this issue - Weather this ancient herb turned drug find a legal way to reach its consumers?
The answer it hardly matters, as this herb has been always available and has a huge fan following (world over) especially amongst the ones who long for it.