Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and
leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. Marijuana is often called by street
names such as pot, herb, weed, boom, Mary Jane, gangster, reefer, or chronic.

There are more than 200 slang terms for marijuana. HISTORY: Cannabis was
acknowledged as early as 2,700 BC in Chinese manuscripts. Marijuana has been
used as a medicine throughout the world since the beginning of written history.

During this time, companies such as Lilly, Parke Daivis, Tildens, Squibb, and
other major drug manufacturers, have made everything from sleeping elixirs, to
stomach medicine from marijuana. These drugs were even knowingly prescribed for
children. Since 1839 there have been numerous reports in favor of utilizing
medical marijuana. In 1839 Dr. W.B. O’Shaugnessy, a respected member of the

Royal Academy of Science, was one of the first in the medical profession to
present the true facts concerning marijuana and medicine. Dr. O’Shaugnessy’s
report states clearly, that experience indicates the use of marijuana to be a
beneficial analgesic, and to have anticonvulsant, and muscle-relaxant
properties. He found it to be effective in treating rheumatism (inflammation or
pain in muscles or joints), epilepsy, and spasmodic conditions. In 1860, Dr.

R.R. M’Meens, indicated to the Ohio State Medical Society, the usefulness of
marijuana in treating tetanus, neuralgia (pain in the nerves), uterine
hemorrhage, child labor, convulsions, asthma, bronchitis, and even postpartum
psychosis. It was also noted for its affect as an appetite stimulant. This is
desperately needed in modern medicine especially by cancer and aids patients to
prevent them from literally wasting away. Many of these patients have indicated
that no other remedy helps to stimulate the appetite as effectively as smoking a
small quantity of marijuana. It was also noted that smoking the natural plant
was significantly more effective than the chemically created, orally consumed,
synthetic marijuana. In 1891 Dr. J.B. Mattison indicated the use of marijuana
for treatment of migraines, gastric ulcers, deliriuma (mental disturbance), and
tremors due to alcoholism. He also found it to be instrumental in actually
replacing the craving for, and thus curing alcoholism. He found the same effect
carried over in treating other serious addictions such as morphine or heroin
addiction. In 1890 Dr. J.R. Reynolds found marijuana to be an excellent aid in
combating a number of problems associated with aging. Dr. Reynolds noted
marijuana’s usefulness in overcoming senile insomnia as well as it’s
psychological benefits in helping older people cope with some of the feelings
and emotions associated with growing older. INCREASE & DECREASE OF USAGE

SINCE DRUG’S DISCOVERY: The use of marijuana reached a high point in the late

1970s and early 1980s, and has been declining ever since. In a 1978 survey, 37
percent of high school seniors said they had smoked marijuana in the last 30
days, and 11 percent said they used it daily. By 1986 the number who said they
had smoked it in the last 30 days had fallen to 23 percent - lower than in 1975
- and the proportion of daily users had dropped steadily to 4 percent. The trend
among people aged 18 to 25 is similar. On the other hand, more people over 25
may be using marijuana occasionally, and young people are still experimenting
with it. In 1969, 20 percent of high school seniors had used marijuana at least
once, in 1979, 60 percent had; and in 1985, 54 percent. The attitudes expressed
in surveys show why habitual marijuana use is in decline. In 1978, 65 percent of
high school students said they disapproved of it; in 1985, 85 percent
disapproved. A recent government survey shows: · Over 70 million Americans over
the age of 12 have tried marijuana at least once. · About 10 million had used
the drug in the month before the survey. · More than 5 million Americans smoke
marijuana at least once a week. · Among teens aged 12 to 17, the average age of
first trying marijuana was 13.5 years old. A yearly survey of students in grades

8 through 12 shows that by 10th grade, nearly 16 percent are "current"
users (that is, used within the past month). Among 12th-graders, nearly 40
percent have tried marijuana/hash at least once, and 19 percent were current
users. Other researchers have found that use of marijuana and other drugs
usually peaks in the late teens and early twenties, then goes down in later
years. GENERIC VS. BRAND NAME: There are stronger forms of marijuana available
today than there were in the 1960s. The strength of the drug is measured by the
amount of average THC in test