Writing paper about marijuana legalization in USA


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The paper must be at least 15 pages, double-spaced (not including references, pictures, tables, or title page).There are due dates for your topic and progress.

Failure to meet a due date will result in losing 5% from your final paper grade.(e.g. 100% down to 95%). No excuses will be granted.Font should be 12-point and Times New Roman, with one-inch borders all around. You may pick a topic or a portion of a topic we discuss in class as long as you do not duplicate what is covered. For example, you could choose to write your paper on the U.S. health care system and future reform, marijuana legalization, prescription drug and recreational drug abuse, or global health security. The key is viewpoint diversity.

A key to this paper is to look at the issue from multiple perspectives. Thus, you must utilize at least two perspectives. Perspective is essential to the course and this paper so view your topic in the same manner.

Grammar: This is graduate school. Use the spelling and grammar check in Word. Use the Writing Center. No excuse for a poorly written paper..

Elements of the Paper – Your paper MUST have these headings!

1. Background: Every topic has to have a history, a background of information. Certainly some have longer backgrounds than others but the key is to accurately summarize the information so that it leads up to the heart of your discussion, the perspectives.

2. Examples/Evidence: While this can be touched upon a bit in the background, go through a chronology (again, can be annotated a bit if the evidence is so numerous) of the examples of how these issues have been dealt with over the years AND currently. While history is important, what are we doing today with regard to the issue? What are different groups doing to support their side of the argument regarding this issue? For example, how are migrant workers (legal and/or illegal) doing to state their case for health care access? What are politicians doing (Republicans, Democrats, Independents, certain political groups) to state their case regarding health care access? It is up to you to decide which current views and evidence to include.

3. Solutions and Conclusions: Based on elements 1 and 2, what solutions do yousuggest to improve the health and well-being of those affected by this public health issue. For example, if you are doing E. coli foodborne outbreaks, what solutions would you have for producers of hamburger products or cookie dough? How could these solutions be implemented to please all parties involved, if that is ever possible? You could view this as how could we please people more than upset them with regards to solutions as it difficult to fully satisfy everyone.

Each perspective must have its own heading!

Citation Format: You are required to use American Psychological Association (APA) format for your references in text and at the end with your list of citations.

A useful website to assist your work is provided here, https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01.... NOTE: if you do not properly use the APA format, you will automatically lose 20% from your paper grade (e.g. grade of 95% would drop to 75%).

Do not just rely solely on websites and Google.Do NOT use Wikipedia.There are plenty of journal articles that you can and should access through www.pubmed.gov and other sites (the library staff can help you with this … they are awesome with this!). Clearly, more recent topics will have more Internet sources but there are plenty of prior research articles likely associated with your topic choice to refer to. A minimum of 20 sources is required.

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Running Head: Marijuana Legalization in the U.S.A

Marijuana Legalization in the U.S.A
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Marijuana Legalization in the U.S.A


The debate on whether to make marijuana legal in the United States is one that has taken toll of
late with various proponents and opponents coming out to defend their stand. First, before we get
into the whole issue, it would be good to get a little history and background information on this
drug marijuana.
Marijuana is derived from the hemp plant. Its scientific name is Cannabis sativa. Marijuana
appears like tobacco though it has a green tint and unique leaf. The cannabis plant has hundreds
of compounds including delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol. Interestingly these two
have antagonistic effects. The tetrahydrocannabinol; also commonly known as THC is known to
be a dangerous chemical while cannabidiol has some medicinal value and extensive medical
research has been done on it to prove its therapeutic worth. Mostly, the drug is consumed via
smoking, though its consumption can be via other ways such as vaporizing, eating, drinking and
rubbing on the skin (Miller, 2010)
The use of marijuana can be dated back to the year 2737 B.C. it was used by the Chinese to
achieve ecstasy. Its first mention is found in the readings of the Chinese emperor Shen Nung
where the product was used as a psychoactive compound. (Ruso 2003). Cannabis was introduced
in the form of hash to Persia and North Africa in the 12th century. During this time, they focused
more on its medicinal powers for they said it offered relief for rheumatism, gout, malaria, and
oddly enough, absent-mindedness. They considered the medicinal effects more than the
intoxicating properties. (Ruso, 2003)
Marijuana was introduced by the Spaniards to the New World in 1545. It became a cash crop,
and in the 1890s, it largely replaced the cotton crops that were once a sight to behold. At this

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time, some medicines contained marijuana. Its use as a recreational drug in the United States
started in the 1920s. "Marijuana was found in the United States Pharmacopeia between 1850 and
1942, and it was used for many conditions including labor pains, nausea, and rheumatism"
(Miller, 2010).Its legal consumption came to an end in the 1930s.


Marijuana Legalization in the U.S.A
The legal history of marijuana
The first federal restriction on marijuana usage and distribution was passed as the Marijuana Tax
Act of 1937. Although this Act did not make marijuana a bad or illegal, it put a huge tax on any
person selling any form of cannabis. This Act was overruled in 1969 in Leary v. the United
States and was repealed by Congress the next year. It was later referred to as the Controlled
Substance Act. President Richard Nixon signed this act in the year 1972, and it is still in effect
today. This Act intended to enable the understanding and regulation of the medicinal values of
all control substances; their potential for misuse, and their effects both physically and
The Act included the regulation of controlled substances into five schedules. The first two had
the most concern; the first schedule forbids any use whether medicinal or other (e.g., marijuana,
heroin, ecstasy, LSD, GHB, and peyote), the second permits for medical use only with a valid
prescription (e.g., cocaine, codeine, and methamphetamines). Marijuana was placed in the first
schedule on a temporary basis provided that its distribution could be regulated and made to go by
the statutes of the Compassionate Use Act (CSA) (Thomas, 2010, p.2).
This Act was challenged in 1996 by California thus making one able to use marijuana for
medical purposes. Some states such asNew Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, Montana, Vermont
Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Rhode Island, Michigan have adopted and are slowly legislating
laws that permit the planting and cultivation of marijuana for strictly medicinal use only
(Thomas, 2010, p.4).
In today’s world, some steps have been made to legalize marijuana once again in the united
states. Quite some advocates point to its medicinal use; they also argue that criminal activities


Marijuana Legalization in the U.S.A
would decline and that the government would make more money by legalizing its sale.
Marijuana does not only create euphoria, but it also has medical uses. No evidence exists to
prove that marijuana is addictive or can kill (Thomas, 2010). The drug which was once legal for
so long has now been put as a narcotic regardless of the fact that it has lots of spiritual, physical
and medical benefits. There are a lot of people who do not agree with the legalization of
marijuana. It might be because they do not understand what marijuana is and its uses.
Having in mind the history of marijuana and a glimpse of its uses, it is, therefore, prudent to look
into the circumstances that led to it to being declared illegal. From the above illustration, it is
evident that right from the time marijuana was discovered, up to 1937, the use of marijuana was
not controlled. However as from1937, control started coming in form of taxes up to the point
where it has been illegalized in quite a number of states. What is this that could have led to it
being made illegal?
A major contributor to the making of marijuana illegal was the then Narcotics Agent, Harry
Anslinger. He is the one who presented the Marijuana Tax Stamp Act.to the Congress. He coined
the term “The Devil’s Weed” for marijuana. He made marijuana look so evil. He also added the
race aspect to it by saying that the drug makes darkies think they’re as good as white men”
(Harry J, 2010). This quote has often found humor. With some saying that marijuana was made
illegal because it made blacks look like they are whites. Back then, racial discrimination was a
very big issue and so no association was needed between the blacks and the whites. This looks to
be the reason Mr. Anslinger picked on this because he knew that with such a big difference o...

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