Is Legalizing Marijuana a Good Idea for Oregon? Essay
3 December 2012
Essay 3: Rebuttal
Is Legalizing Marijuana a Good Idea for Oregon?
In the 2012 Oregon general election Oregonians narrowly defeated Ballot Measure 80, The Oregon Cannabis Act when 55 percent of registered voters voted no. Measure 80 would have allowed unlicensed adults the right to personal cultivation, and use of marijuana as well as allow commercial marijuana cultivation and sale to adults through state-licensed stores. Currently, marijuana cultivation, possession, and delivery are prohibited except for approved medical conditions. After the election The Oregonian newspaper published an editorial written by The Oregonian Editorial Board stating Oregon lawmakers should legalize the …show more content…
Marijuana today is a more powerful plant than decades ago. Only those who have a specific medical need should use this substance. In recent studies, marijuana grown and cultivated today can create more long-lasting harmful effects because growers are cultivating a more potent plant (Berdahl). Marijuana can create many negative health effects. It can lead to loss of short term memory, coordination, and motivation. It also can increase anxiety and risky behaviors. Cannabis use also leads to the development of mental illness which includes anxiety disorders, depression, hallucinations, and paranoia (Berdahl). Marijuana use among adolescents and young adults can be harmful to their development by the rewiring of their brains (ScienceDaily). They are very vulnerable to the permanent changes that substance abuse and addiction creates in a still developing mind. A collaborative presentation by Krista Lisdahl Medina, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of psychology and Susan Tapert, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California titled, “Neuroimaging Marijuana Use and its Effects on Cognitive Function,” suggests that “chronic, heavy marijuana use during adolescence - a critical period of ongoing brain development - is associated with poorer performance on thinking tasks, including