The youth could be influenced by marijuana more easily than adults because the maturity of mindset is still not built up completely (Mrug, Gaines, Su, & Windle, 2010). Hence, appropriate education system for child and adolescent is important, but there is a potential impact of marijuana legalization on youth due to its disturbance in education. First, marijuana promotion attracts children. In Colorado, after marijuana was legalized, marijuana industry produced marijuana products with appealing packages and promoted to children because children are the next customers of the market (DARE, 2015). Moreover, Joffe et al.
To add, recreational marijuana is taxable! Therefore, it is money that can be put into our communities. Recreational marijuana as intimidating as some may think, can actually benefit our community in many ways. To begin, many believe legalizing marijuana would cause crime to increase, on the contrary legalizing it will lead to a decrease of crime. Imagine that getting your hands on marijuana was as accessible as cigarettes in a gas station, how many illegal cigarette dealers have been punished in jail with the maximum sentence for selling cigarettes?
Marijuana is one of the plants that has both positive and negative side effects for the users. Most people have considered marijuana as a taboo, but the truth is, marijuana is not always illegal; it has been used by our ancestors since ancient times, as a traditional medicine. It has also been proven from laboratory research that marijuana can cure various diseases, including nerve-related disease. Therefore, the use of marijuana should not be regarded as controversial, but as an alternative treatment, especially for the nerve system.
Marijuana is a frequently misunderstood drug. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit substance in the United States. Many assume that smoking marijuana can be hazardous, but little do the people know about the benefits it has to offer. Marijuana is a naturally grown plant that has been known to help those sick with cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, mental and physical illnesses, and many more. In the article, “Medical Marijuana: Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection 2015” written by an anonymous author, the author mentions that the legalization of medical marijuana would give patients the free right to ease their pain in the own comfort of their home.
In the past decade, a number of movements to legalize the use of marijuana has been gaining momentum. According to the 2016 Gallup survey, a record high 60% of Americans say that marijuana should be legalized and this figure marks a 9% increase compared to 2014. Support for legalizing marijuana was 31% in 2000, 50% in 2016 before reaching 60% last year. This shows that despite government efforts to eliminate its use, marijuana is becoming more popular. It is clear that
Cannabis Prohibition: The Beginning of the End It is understandable that most Americans question the benefits and drawbacks associated with the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Federally, marijuana has been considered a Schedule I substance since 1970; it is classified amongst the most dangerous of drugs and is said to induce psychological and physical dependence or addiction. Regardless of its DEA classification, twenty-three states have legalized the medical use of marijuana to date.
Although the use of medical cannabis is still illegal under federal law, as of 2015, twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized its use. It is used to treat numerous conditions including: chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea (often from chemo), appetite of those with AIDS/HIV, insomnia, neurological disorders, and glaucoma. The use of cannabis in the medical world is a controversial topic to begin with. The use of it for minors is even more so. Medical marijuana has been shown to decrease the number of seizures for those who have epilepsy.
The usage of marijuana is also a problem for student athletes. Many believe that marijuana is harmless, but that is false. In an article about the truth behind marijuana, someone talks about “an 18-year-old patient who had started smoking marijuana several times a day in 10th grade, dropped out of high school, and had been stealing money from his parents”(Jangi). This exemplifies how marijuana can ruin the life of a perfectly healthy student.
Synthetic Marijuana There is a new trend in drug use in today’s society. Synthetic drugs are on the rise and mostly used among teenagers and have created major health problems. Synthetic drugs are being chemically created in laboratories and in some households. Synthetic drugs such as synthetic marijuana are created to give the same high as real marijuana and cocaine in a ‘legal’ form. All users who use synthetic drugs will pass a drug test due to synthetic marijuana being hard to trace.
In the “Marijuana: A Continuing Concern for Pediatricians” article the author points out the fact that marijuana is in fact “an addictive, mind-altering drug capable of inducing dependency” (Marijuana: A Continuing Concern). After some research this statement has been clearly supported. According to the author of “Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz” being under the influence of the drug has led to very poor decisions. Some of the poor decisions teenagers make while being under the influence include; people not completing high school, having failing grades if they are still in school, and doing reckless things while behind the wheel of a vehicle.