Within the last decade popular culture and modern scientists have been demanding the further investigation of the marijuana plant, leading to some of the most amazing discoveries regarding medical cannabis. Many of these investigative facts are medically based while others are historical facts that speak to the irony and ignorance to the plants illegal standing throughout most of the United States. Everyday about 6,000 people are experiencing marijuana for the first time, and are calling it by roughly 2,000 different names each day.
Heres one to get your moral compass going, marijuana in North Korea is legal, and does not even hold the standard of a drug, while here in the U.S., the “land of the free” Americans can be incarcerated for using marijuana. Cannabis helps trigger neurogenesis, or brain cell growth, perhaps that is why users can see through these ignorant government schemes. Our government was not always like this, George Washington, the most revered president in our nation’s history grew marijuana on his farm. This is because one acre of hemp production is equal to about 3 acres of cotton production and one acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 4 acres of trees. The original fight against marijuana comes from these facts, farmers say hemp is much too competitive and fought for its illegal standing.
It has been reported from researcher Guillermo Velasco out of Spain, that the THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD, or cannabidiol, in the medical cannabis plant have proven to be cancer cell killers; amazing news for medical marijuana enthusiasts. In Velasco’s tests he claims the THC when applied to the cancerous brain tissues, attacked the cancer cells freezing them so to speak making them unable to spread, while the healthy brain cells were left alone and intact. It has also been reported by the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco that marijuana compounds forces cancer cells to freeze in other parts of the human body, stopping metastasis in aggressive cancer cells.
Not only would legalizing medical cannabis help citizens in their fights against cancer, it has been estimated from Yale economists that legalizing marijuana would generate $8.7 billion dollars in federal and state taxes annually. While 42 percent of Americans admit to have tried marijuana at least once in their lives, about 800,000 people are arrested annually in the U.S. for marijuana related crimes.
Although it has been proven that alcohol and tobacco are much more harmful and dangerous to the human body, and marijuana is usually held in contrast to these substances, it has been deduced that marijuana and beer are in fact cousins. Beer is made from hops which co-exist in the same flowering category as marijuana.
With all these amazing facts surrounding medical cannabis it is hard to understand why a nation founded on the ideas of freedom and producing the best standard of living for its citizens would not allow the legal production of hemp; which has proven to be more economical, ecological and morally sound. When a government becomes destructive of its ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, that is from the Declaration of Independence, and calls the U.S. citizens to fight for marijuana legalization.
Opninion by Zane Foley