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This page contains resources for research on this topic, including legislation and medical uses.

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Law and Legislation:
this tab covers the legal aspects of Medical Marijuana and Marijuana use.

Social Aspects:
this tab covers the moral, ethical, societal and religious views and includes breaking news.

Definition:

Marijuana—also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms—is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves and flowers of "Cannabis Sativa"

The main psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical in marijuana, responsible for most of the intoxicating effects that people seek, is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The chemical is found in resin produced by the leaves and buds primarily of the female cannabis plant. The plant also contains more than 500 other chemicals, including more than 100 compounds that are chemically related to THC, called cannabinoids.

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