The Negative Impact of Marijuana Legalization
Marijuana is a dangerous drug which should not be legalized, even if it has medicinal value. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on society, young people, and cancer patients is indisputable. Moreover, marijuana adversely affects the brain and can lead to serious mental disorders.
2. Why marijuana is a dangerous drug
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which means that it has a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Drugs in this category are considered to be the most dangerous, with a high potential for abuse and addiction. For instance, heroin, LSD, and MDMA (ecstasy) are also classified as Schedule I drugs.
Moreover, marijuana is addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted to it. And the risk of addiction increases to 1 in 6 among those who start using it before age 18.
Furthermore, marijuana adversely affects the brain. It impairs thinking, memory, and learning; decreases reaction time; and alters judgment. These effects can last up to 24 hours after smoking marijuana. Moreover, chronic (long-term) users of marijuana may experience difficulty remembering, making decisions, and solving problems.
3. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on society
The legalization of marijuana would increase the availability of the drug and lead to more widespread use. This would inevitably lead to an increase in traffic accidents and fatalities, as well as an increase in emergency room visits and hospitalizations. Moreover, it would also increase crime rates, as well as violence and aggression. In addition, the legalization of marijuana would send a message to young people that drug use is acceptable, which would ultimately lead to increased drug use among adolescents.
4. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on young people
The legalization of marijuana would have a particularly negative impact on young people. Marijuana use can interfere with attention, memory, and learning. This is especially harmful during adolescence – a critical period for brain development – when young people are more likely to experiment with drugs. Moreover, early onset of marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of developing mental disorders such as psychosis.
5. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on drug addicts
Addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences. People who are addicted to marijuana are unable to control their drug intake and often continue using the drug despite experiencing negative consequences such as job loss or relationship problems. Moreover, addicts often suffer from other mental disorders such as anxiety or depression, which can further complicate treatment efforts.
6. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on cancer patients
Cancer patients who use marijuana often suffer from adverse side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and fatigue. In addition, marijuana use can negatively interact with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. As a result, cancer patients who use marijuana are at an increased risk of experiencing treatment complications or even death.
7. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on people with depression
Depression is a serious medical condition that can be effectively treated with medication and psychotherapy. However, marijuana use can worsen the symptoms of depression and even lead to suicide. In fact, marijuana use is associated with an increased risk of suicide among adolescents.
8. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on people with hostility and aggression
Marijuana use has been linked to an increased risk of hostility and aggression. For instance, a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health found that men who used marijuana were more likely to experience intimate partner violence than men who did not use the drug. In addition, another study found that individuals who used marijuana were more likely to engage in violent behavior.
9. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on people with memory loss
Chronic marijuana users often suffer from memory problems and impaired learning ability. In fact, chronic users of marijuana often perform worse than non-users on tests of memory and learning. Moreover, chronic users of marijuana are more likely to experience job loss and decreased productivity.
In conclusion, marijuana is a dangerous drug which should not be legalized, even if it has medicinal value. The negative impact of marijuana legalization on society, young people, cancer patients, and people with mental disorders is indisputable. Moreover, marijuana adversely affects the brain and can lead to serious mental disorders such as psychosis.