The Pros And Cons Of Legalization Of Marijuana

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As the sun began to rise, on the morning of November 9, 2016, most Californians awoke with a new profound sense of freedom to get high. For the simple reason that, the day before, most citizens throughout California voted yes on Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana for adults over 21 years of age. However, I voted no to legalize recreational marijuana. This was due to my values and faith, but most importantly for the simple reason that, it will negatively impact law enforcement agencies, as well as, communities. Secondly, studies have indicated that using marijuana on a regular basis can affect a person both mentally and physically. Nevertheless, the state of California had a different opinion. They believe that passing …show more content…
Per the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, since the legalization of marijuana, in 2014 a published report revealed that there has been increase in poison center calls, emergency room visits and the hospitalization of patients. In addition, the rates of ER visits have increased among children due to the exposer of second hand smoke of THC, as well as, having accessibility to edible marijuana products. Furthermore, Colorado hospitals have reported an increase in babies born with THC in their system, which in turn, caused the child to have a decrease in attention span, brain function and memory. By the same token, research over the years has proven that marijuana use affects a person’s cognitive function, and memory, as well as, producing mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and psychotic symptoms. With regards to this, the website for the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that “a person who carries a specific variant of the AKT1 gene, which codes for an enzyme that affects dopamine signaling in the striatum, are at an increased risk of developing psychosis (schizophrenia)”. As a matter of fact, I’m sad to say, that my best friend of forty years, began using marijuana at the age of 13, along with the combination of harder illicit drugs, and by the time she was thirty, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Moreover, marijuana has increased respiratory complications among its users, due to the same cacogenics found in tobacco. With all this in mind, the health care industry will be greatly impacted due to the increase of Medicaid patients, which in turn, will increase the medical costs to

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