Persuasive Essay Legalizing Marijuana

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The question of whether to legalize marijuana or not is a very controversial and important issue. Many people especially teenagers are thrilled that the law enforcement is legalizing marijuana as they will not have to buy it illegally. Legalizing marijuana will allow people to think it is acceptable for us to smoke every day, at any time, which increases the drug use. What people are unaware of are the negative effects it will have on their lives. Adolescences will be more prone to buy marijuana, which will not let them focus on their studies. Once someone starts using drugs they will be addicted which can lead to future health problems and it will increase the rate of impaired driving. Firstly, youth are more at risk of using drugs. Teens are more vulnerable to try drugs thinking it is cool or maybe something that makes them feel good. Teens brains are often in the developing stage and they can do anything for self-pleasure. Four-fifths (82%) had smoked marijuana if most or all of their friends had done so too” (Government of Canada, 2004). These kids were between the age of 12-15. It is crazy to know that kids between those ages are trying marijuana. “Cannabis use that begins early in adolescence, that is frequent and that continues over time has been associated with increased risk of harms. Adolescence is a critical time for brain development, as research shows the brain is not fully developed until around age 25. Youth are especially vulnerable to the effects of cannabis on brain development and function. …show more content…

Legalizing marijuana is giving an idea to the youth and adults that it is fine and safe to do it when it is not. We know that Teens will do more of Marijuana which will not allow them to focus in school, it will be an addiction to many which can cause serious health problems in the near future, and it increases the rate of impaired driving. Why put ourselves at risk and hurt our loved

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