Essay Legalization Of Marijuana For Recreational Purposes

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Legalization of marijuana has become a highly controversial issue in many parts of the world including the United States. Today, Twenty-three states, and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form. The debate on legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes has attracted not only the attention of adults but also the youth. According to The National Institute of Health, “more than 97.5 million Americans over the age of 12 have used illicit marijuana, and it is considered by many to be a benign recreational drug” (SAMHSA, 2007). Despite marijuana being an illicit drug, adolescents and young adults have easy access. In the light of the above-mentioned statistics, any change in the legal status of marijuana could nonetheless have an effect on teenagers and their future. Legalizing marijuana would first handedly destroy the youth of this nation, as it would lead to wider smoking of cannabis, resulting in impairment of cognitive functioning. The deficiencies in brain structuring would not only affect people’s intelligence, but would also cause developmental delays and learning disabilities leading to a degenerate society. There are two kinds of people when it comes to the debate on legalization of marijuana; the pro-marijuana, that argue how legal marijuana would result in economic benefits and decreased crime rate and the anti-marijuana, that argue about the adverse health effects caused by the long-term marijuana use. People’s response is…

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