Legalizing Marijuana Essay

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Throughout the last 80 years, marijuana has been one of the most prominent topics that Americans have ever encountered politically and socially. Millions of people across the country incessantly debate on whether marijuana should be legalized or whether it should not be. According to Governing (2015), four states came to an agreement and legalized marijuana – Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska for recreational use. Other states have legalized marijuana as well, but for medical purposes solely: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, as well as 15 other states. I do not support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use due to the harmful effects that marijuana has on the body. Some say that marijuana is not harmful to …show more content…
Millions of users do not need to smoke every day. Yet, approximately 9% of people can become abusers (National Institute on Drug Abuse). As any other drug, users are able to build up a tolerance to marijuana. Ultimately, users need to increase their dosage amounts to continue to experience the same level of high that they once did. They can achieve this by baking edibles or using propane-extracted concentrates known as, dabs. After users quick, the body will become preconditioned to raise heart rate due to the excessive smoking of marijuana in the past. The withdrawal symptoms are the opposite of how the drug made the user feel. If a user felt happy and euphoric during a session, irritability or depression could be possible withdrawal symptoms. People using marijuana for sleep sedation could experience insomnia. Marijuana is also known to be a “gateway” drug, meaning marijuana has the potential to introduce someone to different substances: heroine or cocaine. According to a recent Yale University School of Medicine study, teenage boys who abused marijuana were 3 times more likely to abuse prescription drugs. This argument can be thwarted, however. An alternative to this hypothesis is that people who are more likely to become addicted to drugs just happen to start with smoking marijuana because it’s inexpensive in smaller quantities and readily …show more content…
Marijuana affects the human body, social systems, and the financial status of the state. There are so many factors to take into consideration when deciding whether to legalize marijuana or not. Marijuana can produce harmful effects on the human body so I do not agree with the legalization of marijuana in the recreational use. Although, medical marijuana can prove beneficial for millions of people across the country, helping them to overcome the difficult illnesses that they have to suffer with by relieving pain, shutting down certain brain processes, and increasing

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