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Decriminalization of non-medical cannabis in the United States

Decriminalization of non-medical cannabis in the United States has been attempted since the 1970s. As views on cannabis (or marijuana) have liberalized, over half of the states have either approved it for medical use, decriminalized it for recreational use, or completely legalized it and approved it for retail sale.

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When people think of marijuana or weed, they tend to think all strains are the same. Different strains do help different "symptoms," and it's all natural, so there is no worries about added chemicals. Cannabis Indica is the type that slows a person down. It's usually used for people who need pain relief, or sleep, or anxiety attacks. Cannabis Sativa does effect certain parts of your brain that have been associated with creatism, or things along that line. Sativa can be used for a number of illnesses and injuries as well as a few of the same problems as Indica. Once more people see how much this plant can do, by itself, no additives, just care, water, and sun, they will see how ridiculous it is to be illegal. THC can also help with seizures. A lot of our soldiers are coming back now with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and cannabis can definitely help those people. The other parts of the plants can also be used, such as the hemp. I may not have all the facts about marijuana, but I know enough to realize that it needs to just be legal, and we need to be able to use it for all the purposes it has. Beneficial purposes. It could very well be the start of getting this country out of it's debt, and start gaining back respect as a nation. It would not solve it over-night, but it would be a very good and smart start.

Contributed by Kirstin Gayle McGavock-Murray

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