Should Generally people refer to cannabis sativa as cannabis

Should
marijuana be legalized on governmental level?

Introduction to
marijuana

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Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug
with an estimated 120 million engrossing it in some form or the other. In India,
marijuana has been historically bound to piety and mysticism .It is called a
drug that helps to achieve “elatedness in the real sense of the word”. In every
corner of this nation people consume and celebrate with charas (hash), alcohol
and weed. People in India consume bhang which is also used to attain
“elatedness in the real sense of the word” on religious festivals. Anyways
people are consuming these drugs then why not legitimate the use of marijuana
which has at least many pros unlike others.

People of today’s generation have forgotten the
healing properties of marijuana. It was widely used for analgesia, antibiotic medicines, and low toxic
medicines, when O’Shaughnessy introduced marijuana in the western world.

History

Most people
refer to marijuana as weed. It is a product of a plant knows as “cannabis
sativa”.  Generally people refer to
cannabis sativa as cannabis hemp. There are many plants which are known as hemp
but cannabis hemp is the most useful of them just because it produces the three
most useful products viz. seed, medicine and pulp. Cannabis sativa do not
require any special climatic condition to grow, it can be planted in the
variety of climatic conditions.

Origin
of Cannabis and usage in India

Cannabis
product was first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese emperor Shen Nung.
He mainly focused on the
medication power of cannabis. Intoxicating properties were also mentioned but
medicinal value was considered more important. Talking about history of
marijuana in India, people have been using it for enjoyment purpose.

 People used
weed legally before 1986 but when brassbound narcotic laws came into effect, it
was next to impossible to use weed legally even for medical purpose. These laws
made sale, transportation and consumption of marijuana illicit.

Author’s views

Overuse of anything is not good. No drug is
perfectly safe to use if one is overusing it. Every psychoactive drug can
become a problem after limited use. It was obviously an overreaction from the
part of government. The act which forced us to stop the use of marijuana is Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances Act (1985) and the Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic
Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (1985). As it has been amended
three times – 1988, 2001 and 2014.

Federal government of America accused marijuana to
be a gateway drug, dramatically more impotent today and is more addictive in
its own rights. But in 1988,
Drug enforcement administration’s own administrative law judge quoted that “marijuana
in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances
known to man.”