Marijuana legalized states: There are a lot of places around the world, in the US, Latin America, Europe or North Korea where you can legally smoke marijuana.
From ancient times until now, marijuana remains the most popular recreational drug worldwide. However, unlike many other recreational drugs, marijuana is widely used as a medicine as well.
Marijuana, also known as cannabis, hemp or pot, was used from ancient time; its use spread from China to India and then to N Africa and reached Europe at least as early as A.D. 500.
Burned cannabis seeds have been found in the graves of shamans in China and Siberia from as early as 500 BC.
Also, part of Indo- European tribes used burned hemp seeds during religious rituals.
In the Middle East and parts of Asia, people smoke with a pile a purified form of cannabis- hashish.
The Quran, even if forbid the use of alcohol, did not specifically prohibit cannabis.
In America, the early colonists grew hemp for textiles and rope.
Political and racial factors in the 20th century led to the criminalization of marijuana in the United States.
On 1970, Nixon launched a campaign – “The War on Drugs”; he declared drug abuse “public enemy number one”.
Nixon listed marijuana as a Schedule I drug—along with heroin, LSD and ecstasy—with no medical uses and a high potential for abuse.
John Ehrlichman told that “ The War on Drugs” was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies:
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
John Ehrlichman, the former Nixon domestic policy chief told Harper’s writer Dan Baum.
Nowadays a lot of states legalized marijuana.
Marijuana legalized states:
In North Korea is legal to smoke, sell, cultivate as much marijuana as you want.
California is the first state which legalized medical marijuana in 1996;
Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012 and became the first U.S. state to launch storefront sales in 2014.
Washington legalized the drug for recreational use in 2012. The state allows people to carry up to one ounce of marijuana. So you can smoke it, but not grow it, if you’re toking for fun.
Alaska legalized marijuana in 2015;
On December 15, Massachusetts began allowing residents to carry and consume small amounts of weed and grow up to 12 plants in their homes.
Oregon legalized marijuana on Summer 2015; the people can grow up to four plants at home. It’s also legal to give edibles as a gift.
Maine legalized marijuana on 2016 and Nevada on 2017.
In Uruguay, marijuana is legal for recreational users since 2013.
Some of European countries ( Spain, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands) tolerate the use and sale of marijuana in coffee shops and clubs.
In the Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Croatia, and Slovenia marijuana is “semi legalized” , the legalization making difference between light” and “hard” drugs.
The Trudeau government plans to legalize pot July 1, 2018.
France and the rest of the E.U. consider the use of drugs, including cannabis, a criminal offense and its possession is always a crime, even if it doesn’t always lead to prison.
Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes.
Marijuana can treat symptoms of illness and other conditions, such as:
diseases that affect the immune system, including HIV/AIDS;
multiple sclerosis (MS), which causes gradual loss of muscle control;
substance use disorders;
Marijuana can have negative effects:
Scientists draw attention on the negative effects of marijuana smoking:
THC( the most well-known. constituents of cannabis, a cannabinoids that include cannabinol and other active components) quickly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream.
The blood carries the cannabinoid to the brain and other organs throughout the body.
The effects are:
altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors);
altered sense of time;
changes in mood;
impaired body movement;
difficulty with thinking and problem-solving;
hallucinations (when taken in high doses);
delusions (when taken in high doses);
psychosis (when taken in high doses);
Marijuana legalized – Canada!
Fracoise Kartha , from Canada, says for Humanizator:
“It is very useful for people who need it. And like alcohol people have to get used to it within reason.
Some of my students, 10 year olds, would already come to school stoned.
It is available everywhere.
Say no or be educated about it.”