A discussion of the effects of smoking marijuana and the arguments for and against legalizing it.

This paper begins with an explanation of the legal and medical arguments for and against marijuana use in the U.S.A. The paper provides details of the type of plant marijuana is, where it can be grown, and how smoking it affects the human body. The writer shows how the marijuana growing business is partly legitimate when used for legitimate purposes, but on the whole, growing for the purpose of drug use is still illegal in America. The paper also shows the various medical side effects to smoking it, including the effect on a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. A dry, shredded green/brown mix of flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa, it usually is smoked as a cigarette (joint, nail), or in a pipe (bong). It also is smoked in blunts, which are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and refilled with marijuana, often in combination with another drug. Use also might include mixing marijuana in food or brewing it as a tea. As a more concentrated, resinous form it is called hashish and, as a sticky black liquid, hash oil.