Cannabis has a history that is very long, but most of it is still unknown to most people. Marijuana is a drug that is less harmful than opiates, amphetamines, and barbiturates, but it has also been regarded as a dangerous substance. Despite this, it has been legal in many parts of the world for most of its history.
Marijuana is less dangerous than opiates, amphetamines and barbiturates
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has conducted a number of studies on marijuana use and traffic crashes. These studies have looked at the presence of different drugs in drivers and pedestrians. In their research, they have identified four classes of drugs in drivers: opiates, amphetamines, barbiturates and cannabis. Although marijuana is less harmful than other drugs, it still has an untoward impact on society.
Opiates and amphetamines, both of which are produced from narcotics, can be toxic. As a result, they can cause serious toxic and psychotic reactions. According to the World Health Organization Expert Committee, they should be strictly controlled because of their adverse effects on human health. They have also been associated with suicide. Marijuana is a milder hallucinogen, which produces fewer noxious effects than narcotics. However, it can still have a strong influence on the user’s mind and body.
A study on the frequency of cannabis use and road traffic accidents in the United States revealed that more than 5% of fatalities were attributed to drug level in the blood stream or in the body fluids. While these findings are not completely conclusive, they provide an alternative perspective on the problem of drug-related traffic crashes.
The NTSB studied 168 fatal trucking accidents in eight states between 1987 and 1988. It found that, in these accidents, cannabis was present in 5.0% of the drivers and 4% of the non-injured passengers. Benzodiazepines, opiates, and barbiturates were also present in the drivers. This data is comparable to the results from other studies.
Another study examined the relationship between cannabis and alcohol in fatally injured drivers. Compared to other studies, these results were more negative. There was a higher percentage of drivers in the study who were positive for marijuana, but only 7% were positive for amphetamines. Those who were positive for both marijuana and opiates were also more likely to have been involved in a crash.
The NTSB and the National Institute on Drug Abuse have performed similar studies on fatally injured drivers in the U.S. and other countries. Most studies have shown the same percent of drug-positive drivers in both countries. Some of these studies have been criticized as being unreliable. The results from the studies rely heavily on the driver records that were used in the studies, but there are other factors that affect the results.
An epidemiologic study on traffic violations in the United States has found that cannabis is the most commonly detected drug. Cannabis was detected in 2.5% to 38% of crashes, and benzodiazepines and opiates were present in 10.8% to 15% of the samples. Stimulants were present in 1.3% of the samples. Several other drugs were also found in these tests, including phenobarbital, methaqualone, propoxiphene and caffeine.
Marijuana has been legal in many parts of the world for most of its history
Marijuana has been illegal in the United States since 1937. However, it has been legal in many parts of the world for most of its history. In Asia, for instance, people have used cannabis for thousands of years. There are ancient texts and artifacts that show its use as a medicinal plant. It was also used for spiritual purposes. People believed that cannabis could relieve pain, lower fevers, and cure dysentery. Some even thought it could improve one’s judgment.
When the US Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, it classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug, a group that includes drugs with high abuse potential. The Department of Health and Human Services, however, ordered that it be re-evaluated. A new report was released by the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse in 1972.
The commission urged a partial prohibition on the sale of marijuana. However, the government responded by proposing a twenty-year prison sentence for anyone caught with marijuana. That proposal was rejected by the House of Representatives. Instead, the federal government took the stance that marijuana should be a schedule I drug.
This led to a nationwide fear of marijuana. Mexican immigrants, who brought a tradition of smoking marihuana with them to the United States, began to be blamed for the increase in marijuana crime. Furthermore, the Great Depression sparked resentment among Mexican and other immigrants.
In 1937, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now known as the Drug Enforcement Administration) became responsible for the regulation of marijuana. It was under this agency’s jurisdiction that the first marijuana sellers were arrested. One of them, Samuel R. Caldwell, was a laborer who had a customer who was found in possession of marijuana.
After his arrest, Caldwell was convicted of selling the drug. He was the first person to be convicted under the new law. Eventually, many other people were arrested for the same crime.
However, this did not stop the spread of marijuana to other regions of the world. Cannabis has been found in tombs in China and Siberia. Other cultures have found that it has psychoactive effects. Many have suggested that the psychoactive properties of cannabis are what give it its mind-altering effects.
Several states have banned the cultivation and sale of marijuana. However, there are 29 states that allow the limited use of cannabis. Even those that permit the use of recreational and medical marijuana have laws that restrict its possession.
California was the first state to pass a bill that made marijuana legal for medical purposes. Medical marijuana was later approved in several other states.
Currently, the federal law prohibits the cultivation and sale of marijuana. However, it is allowed for medicinal and recreational purposes in 29 states. Despite this, the Drug Enforcement Administration still raids dispensaries.