Since my first blog post I have done more research on the topic of legalizing marijuana. I have gotten different opinions from several different sources such as doctors, scientists and regular individuals who are passionate about the topic. Even though some of my research may suggest that using marijuana for medicinal purposes does have some benefits I still stand by the fact that marijuana should remain illegal for three major reasons. Here’s why.
The first reason I think marijuana should continue to be illegal is because of the effect it has on the brain, the lungs, and the heart. I’ll start with the effects it has on the brain. When inhaled, marijuana smoke can cause users to experience impaired coordination, difficulty with problems solving, and memory loss. Studies show that chronic marijuana users can be faced with an incapacitated ability to function at superior intellectual level days or even weeks after smoking. This means that these people will usually always be performing below par. Smoking marijuana can also enhance anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.
The effects that marijuana smoke actually has on the lungs are similar to the effects of tobacco smoke. Research shows that marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than marijuana smoke. Individuals who smoke marijuana usually inhale deeper and hold the smoke longer than cigarette users, therefore, exposing the lungs more to the carcinogenic smoke. When smoked daily marijuana can destroy and deregulate the growth of the epithelia cells, which could lead to cancer. Although there is no record of someone contracting cancer, smoking marijuana can still lead to respiratory illnesses; similar to cigarette smokers.
When under the influence of marijuana your heart rate can increase by 20-100 percent; which could be from 30-50 beats per minuet. While your heart rate is increasing your blood pressure is also dropping. This influence could last up to 3 hours. When this happens individuals are four times more prone to having a heart attack. Although these chances are far more attainable for people who are of an older age or already suffer from cardiac problems, these facts are not to be ignored.
The second reason I think that marijuana should remain illegal is because of its gateway potential. If somebody starts smoking marijuana at a young age then they are liable to get introduced to “harder” drugs such as crack cocaine, heroine, and meth later in life, looking for a better or more intense high. If we make marijuana more accessible by legalizing it than it’ll make other drugs easier to come by.
My final reason on why we should not legalize marijuana is because I think it is just morally wrong. People constantly use the argument that alcohol is no better than marijuana, but alcohol such as wine has been so invested in cultures all over the world. We teach our children in school that you should not partake in drugs at all under any circumstances and to always so no. So how is turning around, going against your word and legalizing it setting a good example for anybody. Just because marijuana might not be as harmful as alcohol doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a drug.You can find my bibliography here.
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