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Brandon Evangelsta

on 20 February 2013

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Transcript of Marijuana

History of Marijuana Marijuana was first found in China around 4000 B.C.
They first used it the hemp fibers to make rope. They would beat the plant with stone beaters to make extract the fiber, then they would twist it to make rope.
Hemp has been found in Egyptian tombs.
Greeks and Romans also used hemp rope.
The Pilgrims brought the marijuana plant to the New World to make hemp rope.
Smoking of marijuana wasn't introduced to the United States until the 1920's, when it was brought to the U.S. from Mexico.
It was recommended for a variety of disorders, and was listed as an official drug until 1937 FACTS Court Cases How it became illegal William Randolph Hearst owned many news papers companies. He needed paper for his many papers so he had many timber forest for his empire.
He then found out that that hemp could make pulp, which is the same product he needed, but since he already owned many acres of forest other papers could buy pulp at a highly discounted price as opposed to wood pulp
This in turn threatened all the businesses regarding paper.
So, in 1936 and 1937 Hearst and Harry J. Anslinger lobbied to outlaw hemp which also effectively outlawed marijuana in the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.
Anslinger was the Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition, before being appointed as the first Commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). He also used claims of marijuana causing more crime without evidence. Marijuana Cons Marijuana and Federalism PROS Marijuana considered a gateway drug
May cause more accidents
To some, the use of marijuana is morally wrong
More criminals will be on the streets.
Marijuana may cause physical damages to some users, such as lung damage.
Marijuana may cause physical damages to nonusers through secondhand smoke.
Marijuana can have mental effects. "Pot makes you stupid"
Making it legal does not mean that it's negative effects are any less dangerous. Bibliography http://www.ozarkia.net/bill/pot/blunderof37.html
http://brucealanblock.com/why-marijuana-became-legal/ Why is it so controversial?
Will legalizing it really help? By: Ryan Ng, Brandon Evangelosta, Chris Yip The FDA would be able to regulate drugs. This would lead to a safer environment. Gonzalez v Raich, the US Supreme Court held that federal law enforcement authorities could criminally prosecute patients for possessing marijuana prescribed by a physician in accordance with state law.
Leary v Unites States, the US Supreme Court found the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 to be unconstitutional after Timothy Leary argued against it in court. (5th amendment right)
Leary v United States was later overturned by the Controlled Substances Act. FUN FACT!! The term "marihuana" was a slang term, thought to have originated from Spanish speaking migrant laborers who worked in the Southwestern United States before the Great Depression La cucaracha, la cucaracha,ya no puede caminarporque le falta, porque no tienemarihuana pa' fumar. The cockroach, the cockroach,can't walk anymore because it's lacking, because it doesn't have marijuana to smoke. La Cucaracha Opinion Marijuana should be legalized
the benefits outweighs the negatives.
wouldn't hurt our nation too much if we gave legalizing marijuana a chance and tax it.
national government should have more of a say in the issue.But at the same time acknowledge the needs of the States. Hemp was used in ancient times by Egyptians
Rope made from the fibers of the cannabis plant Hemp Uses There have been no deaths caused by marijuana.
Marijuana is not physically addicting, only mentally. This means it is no more addicting than potato chips (which are certainly legal). PROS .Our economy could benefit through taxing marijuana. It can help with many health problems Economic impact Often considered to contribute to crime rates Currently, marijuana is illegal in the United States, under the Controlled Substances Act.
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) is a federal organization in charge of enforcing the Controlled Substances Act.
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