10 Reasons Parents Should Not Support Legalizing Marijuana

On this blog I really try to give all perspectives.  Therefore, today I have written two exactly opposite posts to let my readers decide who to agree with.  Please see 10 Reasons Parents Should Encourage Legalizing Marijuana today–you decide which you agree with.

It is Perceived as Socially Addictive

“Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug on the basis that is has “a high potential for abuse.” This means that the perception is that people get on marijuana, they get hooked and become “potheads,” and it begins to dominate their lives.” (About.com) “In 1995, 165,000 people entering drug treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse, showing they needed help to stop using.” (Freesays)

Marijuana Could Be Addictive

“A withdrawal syndrome occurs, consisting of anxiety, depression, sleep and appetite disturbances, irritability, tremors, diaphoresis, nausea, muscle convulsions, and restlessness. Some serious users of marijuana show signs of dependence because when they don not use the drug, they develop withdrawal symptoms. Some users experiencing marijuana withdrawal had symptoms, such as restlessness, loss of appetite, trouble with sleeping, weight loss, and shaky hands. According to one study, marijuana use by teenagers who have prior serious antisocial problems can quickly lead to dependence on the drug.” (Freesays)

Medical Use is Not Accepted

“Marijuana seems to yield considerable medical benefits for many Americans with ailments ranging from glaucoma to cancer, but these benefits have not been accepted well enough, on a national level. Medical use of marijuana remains a serious national controversy.” (About.com)

Evidence Suggests It Is A Gateway Drug

“The first piece of federal legislation to formally regulate marijuana was the Narcotics Act of 1914, which regulated heroin, cocaine, and marijuana…the word “narcotic,” when used in English, has historically referred to opium derivatives such as heroin and morphine.” (About.com)

It is Associated With Laziness

“Marijuana is often thought of as a drug for hippies and losers.” (About.com)  Many outspoken stoners also push the nontraditional lifestyle.

Marijuana is Not the Only Pain-Easing Drug

The argument that those people who are in extreme pain, such as those going through chemotherapy, have AIDS or any other kind of disease, should be allowed to have a prescription to use marijuana.  While it is awful that these patients must suffer without the healing power of marijuana, there are other drugs that they can use to help ease their pain.  Marijuana is not the only answer. (http://media.www.muhlenbergweekly.com)

Marijuana Can Have Negative Short-Term Side Effects

“When using marijuana, some users suffer acute anxiety and have paranoid thoughts, this mainly occurs with some one new to the drug or in a strange environment. In some cases, a user who has taken a very high dose of marijuana can have severe psychotic symptoms and need emergency help.Marijuana delay’s the user’s short term memory, which means they may have trouble handling simple or complex tasks.” (Freesays)

Marijuana Can Have Negative Long-Term Side Effects

“While all of the long-term effects of marijuana are not yet known, there are studies showing serious health concerns. Findings so far show that the regular use of marijuana or THC may play a role in cancer and problems in the respiratory, immune system, and reproductive systems. It is hard to find out whether marijuana alone causes cancer because many people who smoke marijuana smoke cigarettes and use other drugs. Marijuana smoke contains some of the same cancer-causing compounds as tobacco, sometimes in higher concentrations.” (Freesays)

Marijuana Legality Increases the Possibility of Driving Under the Influence

“Due to the effects that marijuana has on the mind, the user my find themselves in a difficult situations such as they could become involved in risky sexual behavior or take part in auto crashes. When you smoke marijuana and then drive or even perform both, many of the skills required for safe driving, may be changed such as, alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time. These effects can last up to 24 hours after smoking marijuana. Marijuana may also make it difficult to judge distances and react to signals and sounds on the road. A recent study of patients in a shock-trauma unit who had been in traffic accidents revealed that 15 percent of those who had been driving a car or motorcycle had been smoking marijuana, and another 17 percent had alcohol in they’re system.” (Freesays)

It Would Still Be Illegal For Teens

In direct response to the forbidden fruit argument, as with alcohol, even if Marijuana were legalized it would still not be available to minors, which means it would still encourage dealing, lack of treatment programs and the ‘want what you can’t have’ syndrome. (Freesays)

Please see 10 Reasons Parents Should Encourage Legalizing Marijuana today–you decide which you agree with.

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There’s still hope for marijuana addicts by recovery through a marijuana rehab specializing in helping users understand their addiction and overcome it.

Many parents are adamant that marijuana not be legalized, and understandably so, as legal marijuana increases the chances of marijuana abuse, and eventually the possibility that entering a marijuana rehab may be necessary.

22 thoughts on “10 Reasons Parents Should Not Support Legalizing Marijuana”

  1. If these are the arguments against legalizing marijuana why does it remain illegal? Major medical journals like Brittain’s The Lancet make statements like: “The smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health.” (1995) Even their less provocative study 3 years later admits that the only potential health risks are to those who have smoked heavily for extremely long periods of time and the specific problems are not even related to the marijuana but rather to the very inhalation of smoke. It is quite clear that the United States has roundly rejected marijuana for reasons completely irrelevant to the plant itself. Racism, greed, and the trampling of human rights are at the center of the American Prohibitionist stance…are these the kinds of values that should be embraced by future generations? Is it not an extremely alarming signal when crime lords and law enforcement agencies are in agreement about the methods and protocols developed for dealing with those same crime lords?

  2. We sent a joyful, intelligent, successful,honest son who had great goals off to college. He was introduced to marijuana by a neighbor, and began his descent into hell. He had folders for classes, but never showed up. He had a job, but got fired because he was either late or forgot to show up. He began to systematically lie to us, his parents. He was a superb actor, and we had no reason to suspect he wasn’t truthful. We would visit and see nothing out of the ordinary. He would come home, go on vacation – all was as he had been – loving, happy, opinionated about politics, making plans. We went to attend his college graduation on December 6, 2008 , but he wasn’t there. We drove to his duplex, and my husband found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot. You cannot even begin to imagine our pain as I began to scream, and his brothers called us to ask if we had found him, and we had to say “he’s dead, he’s dead”. As we learn more, we are finding that the last year was “wasted” – isn’t it clever to use that word as drug lingo, when that is exactly the correct usage as it simply “wastes” a person, a life, a family, and the love, hopes and dreams are destroyed. Our son was not a smoker, a drinker, and had not been a liar – he had been a popular, hard working, successful student who destroyed himself with a drug that depressed him – no matter what the British Medical Journal says – and ultimately caused him to throw away not only himself but all the members of the family who loved and adored him – including his 11 year old nephew, our grandson. You don’t think it’s bad — come to the cemetery with me – spend a week that starts with seeing your son dead, carried out in a body bag, picking a casket, finding clothes for him to wear, choosing a cemetery and a plot, sitting through a service with the casket and flowers in front of you and crying family all around you. And the days since are just as devastating – packing his apartment, closing the door to his bedroom, taking down pictures because you can’t bear to look at them anymore. Seeing the grief in the eyes of your family. Knowing I will never hear his hearty laugh or see his sparkling laughing brown eyes again ….. Think of Christmas – our favorite holiday, never again – and birthdays without him. Try this next time you think marijuana should be legalized, sure let’s make it even easier to get. He did this when it was illegal – how many more would try it once it’s legal, who might possibly find the illegality of it a small deterrent and so not try it. Our son did the “dare” and “just say no ” programs at school, was taught values at home and at church and was introduced to marijuana by a new neighbor at school – he “wasted” himself and is gone to us. We cry every day and every night, we are diminished. When and if I am ever a human again, I plan to speak out strongly against the legalization. You can quote all the “studies” you want – we have seen the devastation that marijuana can cause.

  3. Your argument does not hold water, and your points are merely reiterations of stereotypes and redundant “facts” that have been proven untrue by years of strident research. Your citations for your points are all secondary, or in some cases, third-tier sources that do not contribute anything new or ultimately truthful to the already over-distorted arguments on cannabis and why it should/should not be legalized.
    I posit this: if cannabis were legalized, it’s rebellious/dangerous status would be downgraded several rungs in the eyes of teens who would see it as no more rebellious than the martinis mom and dad enjoy at the end of the day.
    BTW: The “gateway” argument is supremely weak. The only reason why this holds up to anyone is because marijuana is illegal in the first place, henceforth cannabis users are stigmatized and grouped in with the general “drug culture,” which encapsulates meth users, cokeheads, et. al.
    The subject of cannabis use should be discussed and handled with logic, reason and science, but that seems impossible here in the U.S.

    -chris edwards

  4. What pathetic reasons to not legalize marijuana. Most of which are either based on outdated studies that are rejected by the scientific and medical communities, or are simply lies. I smoke cannabis every now and then, I work 10 hours a day at a construction site, go spend an hour at the gym, come home and make dinner for my brothers and sisters and still have enough time to do my studies. Does that sound lazy to you? Does that sound like the type of person that will be counter productive in this society? I think not. Its a shame that so many people who claim to be insightful are actually going against such a harmless substance like cannabis without having knowledge of its medicinal value or even what it is truely like to be high. Its disgraceful to see so many people of the American public not realize the benefits of legalizing marijuana. If you are one of these people, get educated on this subject and do some reflecting- the reasons shouldn't be hard to find.

  5. What pathetic reasons to not legalize marijuana. Most of which are either based on outdated studies that are rejected by the scientific and medical communities, or are simply lies. I smoke cannabis every now and then, I work 10 hours a day at a construction site, go spend an hour at the gym, come home and make dinner for my brothers and sisters and still have enough time to do my studies. Does that sound lazy to you? Does that sound like the type of person that will be counter productive in this society? I think not. Its a shame that so many people who claim to be insightful are actually going against such a harmless substance like cannabis without having knowledge of its medicinal value or even what it is truely like to be high. Its disgraceful to see so many people of the American public not realize the benefits of legalizing marijuana. If you are one of these people, get educated on this subject and do some reflecting- the reasons shouldn't be hard to find.

  6. I mean no disrespect but i can not believe that you say that son commited the truly unthinkable act of comminting suicide from smoking marijuana. Those two acts are completly different. According to my critical thinking class at a california communtiy college you have commited a fallacy called non sequitur whick means does not follow.

  7. I find it hard to believe that the reason your son committed suicide was because of the pot. Most people who smoke are too “wasted” to go out, get a gun, shoot themselves.

    You sound like someone who did not know their kid, as you say yourself “He was a superb actor, and we had no reason to suspect he wasn’t truthful”. The reason to not to trust him is because he was a kid. As a 20 year old myself I know you there are no kids who DON’T lie to their parents. Although I do feel bad for your loss.

    Onto the article – point by point.

    Saying “Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana is…” legitimizes the law that is under discussion. You cant bring a proof FOR the law FROM the law.

    Marijuana is NOT physically addicting. A heavy (pot) smoker for years that quit suddenly would not have any decon effects.

    The reason there aren’t a lot of medical reports on pot (there are some.) is because it is illegal in the US to even study it! You can get heroin in the US to study it, you can get most other chemicals and make a study on it, but not pot.

    The only way marijuana is a gateway drug is because the only way to get a hold of it (other then medical dispensaries) is from drug dealers!

    It is true that marijuana is associated with laziness. However, why should it be illegal for that? Is it against the law to be lazy?

    True pot is not the ONLY painkiller, but all drugs have side effects, and for many pot has less then most other pills. Also, that is hardly a reason not to legalize it! More ways to feel better is better!

    And in regards to legalizing pot making it more likely for people to drive under the influence, that cant be more false! Do you think if drinking was banned there would be less people drinking and driving?
    Yeah. OK.

  8. i can’t even finish reading this because it’s so incredibly false. Marijuana is not a drug for
    “hippies and losers”. that’s like saying that everyone who drinks is an uncontrollable alcoholic. And what kind of “risky sexual behavior” would you do? smoking weed does not make you turn into a slut. that’s a personal choice.

    i really hope you don’t use these reasons to talk to your children because they won’t take you seriously.

  9. please excuse my spelling english is a second language to me..
    1.It is Perceived as Socially Addictive: Ok the people that soposably abuse this so called “drug” and say they need help are the people who are ignorant to the effects of canibus. “Socially Addictive” realy… Alchohol is more socially addictive and way more dangerous and thats some thing i could walk down the street and get.
    2.Marijuana Could Be Addictive: Are you serious? It is scientifically proven that Marijuana is not Addictive. Only week minded people think that. if you dont balive it research it http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/study-say-marijuana-no-gateway-drug-12116.html
    3.Medical Use is Not Accepted: Um.. i dont have to even try to say something thats just stupid to say
    4.Evidence Suggests It Is A Gateway Drug: Only because people who smoke canibus are grouped together drug users and ive been smooking canibus for a long time. I have friends veterans in there 60’s that smook and they have not wanted to try anything again do some research only the week minded fools think like that.
    5.It is Associated With Laziness: Im sorry for taking time off to smook and be relax in this world full of stress and hate. And only hipies think like that dam hipies gave marijuana smokers a bad name…
    6.Marijuana is Not the Only Pain-Easing Drug: True but you cant over dose on Canibus. and id rather smook canibus than take something that took chemistry to make not realy knowing how my body will react to the pills. Canibus is a safe way to relive pain.
    7.Marijuana Can Have Negative Short-Term Side Effects: i have notice that the people who get Perinoia wyll using canibus are people that come from stricked backrounds and who have grown up and led to balive that canibus is bad.. but once they become aware that its not as bad as people say it is that stops. 4 real Emergency help for smoking weed never in my life have i heard of that. That would only be plausible if the person had some sort of lug condition that was not asma
    8Marijuana Can Have Negative Long-Term Side Effects: Lung cancer im a Boxer how the hell you gana tell me that it slows me down. can you go 3 12 minit rounds? i dont think so. Im fit, athletic, i box i win.. thats just stright bull…
    Marijuana Legality Increases the Possibility of Driving Under the Influence: Hard to argue with this one but through personla expirience im a better driver when i drive “under the influnce of canibus” than sobber because im acutaly more aware and actualy paying attention more. and somking canibus wyll driving is no diffrent than smoking a cigaret wyll driving. and the resone 15 perect of acidents are traced to canibus is because there are way more canibus smokers than you think.
    It Would Still Be Illegal For Teens: Hu if it is ligalized i will gez that you would half to be 18 or 21 legalyzing canibus would lift us from this so called dipretion just think about all that sin tax and no more drug delers no more so called criminals in jail for posetion of canibus.
    in conclusion do some scietific research and you will see that canibus is not the villan you guys made it to be.
    and if you disagree
    i propose a challenge
    i smoke canibus and i mean lots of it right before i go 12 rounds with some one and you see my had held up high youll see.. that it would be some proff ill be back to post a link for the video i got a boxing match on dec 28 so thats when i will conduct and post this video…

  10. Your reasons are all full of IFs and MAYBEs and flooded with hypocrisy.

    Why are you not also arguing for the prohibition of alcohol and tobacco?

    Stop thinking in the past.

  11. this is some of the worst reasons ever

    1. you can abuse marijuana as much as you want… i have never seen any1 do anything fucked up on it… if they did there just fucked up ppl
    2. why are hippies losers?…
    3. the only reason why weed is such a getaway drug is because NOONE especailly parents leave you the fuck alone once you get caught and parents these days do not know how to handle it and fuck you for all this false information fuck fuck fuck you

  12. Wow. My post supporting legalization got deleted by mods. MAYBE because i used true facts they couldn’t handle.

  13. I should be able to post it here. Everything you have stated in this article is a blasphemes lie. Articles like this is what mis-educates all the idiots out there telling them lies as to not legalize. Get some correct information or don’t post anything at all.

  14. Haha i just noticed that the author is really unbiased…because she ALSO wrote 10 reasons to support legalization and they are actually valid and make sense!

    I think that what these two articles prove, and what was probably her point, is that there are GREAT reasons to support it, but seriously flawed “reasons” to be against it. Good research finds that, no matter what :)

    Soooooo kudos to the author actually lol. I was going to leave a mean comment too about how bad it was. But nevermind!

  15. theres nothing wrong with weed sure you hear everyone who is against it saying its a drug its to dangerous to be legal but here is some facts for you over 400,000 people die a year from smoking, 75,000 people die from drinking and there still legal 70 to 0 peopel die when there high what is more dangerous to you. weed is also used to help treat cancer aids and about 30 more illnesses. some people used weed for there pain there forced to do something illegal because they cant get perscribed pain killers. ive had family members that had to use weed because there in bad pain from there backs. does weed help more people then it harms you tell me?

  16. i think it should be legal it might help the economy in some way. just because its legal dose not mean we have to smoke it.

  17. “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.” — Harry Anslinger (prohibitionist) The man who brought you much of your “facts”. Never mind all of the Yellow Journalism of the time he employed to get to some of these “facts”. Or your title could read a bit better of the times. “It is Associated With Laziness” — Makes Niggers Lazy, or proves why Wet Backs have no work ethic.

    ‘want what you can’t have’ syndrome.

    Ok so this is eliminated now because it’s on a black market? Your kids seem to be able to get pot with relative ease — even more so than alcohol. The drug dealers your kids & maybe yourself have to rely on, do they ask for ID? Do they only push one drug? I mean THC takes two weeks to clear out of your system heroin, crack(cocain) only take a matter of days — so while your school sponsored drug testing will more than likely detect your child doing THC, well if they don’t want to get caught heroin & crack takes away that worry.

    Did you know 100% of heroin addicts start out drinking water before trying heroin? The gateway theory is a bunch of hypothetical BS, that falls on itself. The gateway theory doesn’t hold water. Anything can be applied with this ‘gateway effect’, like bananas — just do a study of heroin addicts that ate bananas before trying heroin & you can draw the same conclusions.

    Did you know aspirin causes more deaths in one year than that of Cannabis has caused over 5,000 years? That’s not tallying other drugs into the mix that are perceived as “safe”.

    “Marijuana is Not the Only Pain-Easing Drug”. Heroin eases pain & used in other forms like OxyCotton, a litany of other opiates that are derived from opium. However, we can all see that these other pain revealing medication there is a larger, proven rate of addiction(physical & mental) of opiates. Just look it up in DSMVI

    “Marijuana Can Have Negative Long-Term Side Effects”
    Can you actually show us an actual medical study to back this up? Here is a recent study stating that Marijuana may in fact reduce cancer rates.
    “Our results may have been affected by selection bias or error in measuring lifetime exposure and confounder histories; but they suggest that the association of these cancers with marijuana, even long-term or heavy use, is not strong and may be below practically detectable limits. ” –http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/15/10/1829.full

    Above all else though if the preconceived notion of that this drug war is actually needed to stem(control/lessen) drug use than why does Portugal show a drop in drug use across the board after legalization of all drugs? They had a fall in their drug use rates, as has Holland/Netherlands. The real question that show be posed here is why to continue the War on Drugs with all of the ills it puts on our society, for which there are many, with the rate of Drug Use is WAAAAY up since its inception & decade after decade it continues to climb.. What good is the Drug War at fulfilling it’s purpose(it has never worked, they continue to throw large amounts of money at the issue, but, only fail at preventing use, exploitation? When legalization in other countries only shows a drop in uses, which is what we want as a society.

  18. carol stfu that ddnt happen because of weed how do u no it depressed him? maybe hes been doin it 4 so long that it was the real him wen he was high n maybe he shot himself because he had 2 much pressure in life id probly kill myself too with all of that. popularity will cause alot of pressure and pressure leads to stress to depression to suicdal feelings n ends in death. so maybe it wasnt pot maybe pot isnt 4 every1.but niethere are ciggarets and alcohol ive heard stories about all 3 yes im under age to drink but i still do it i dont care about the law by the way yo mommas coment is my comment above this 1… their both mine… anyways i smoke ciggarettes and got cought smokin weed but so what it should be legalized weed diddnt kill your son he killed himself because of a chemical embalence… before i was introduced to weed i was stressed and afterwards im a happy guy even tho i havent smoked weed in a while… i love drinking too and smoking weed and cigarettes and sex and games. yes i get horny wen im high but thats just me so wat? i dont care wat people say about my comments call me watever you want but yes i am a pot head and alcoholic say it i havent had all of that in forever and yes i basically abuse tobacco but its legal with its 40000000000 more chemicals than that of weed. alcohol is fun.and if weed is legalized for 21 yr olds then make it legal to drink for 18 yr olds tobacco keep that 18. alcohol should be for 18 yr olds because 18 yr olds cn join the fukin militia but they cant drink theyre risking their lives and cant even get a shot or a beer? wtf? thats y i h8 the government

  19. I would like to make a comment on the 2nd post. I am sorry for your loss and i do agree with you. I think marijuana should not be legalized because there have been other cases much like your sons. The suicide may not have been directly caused because of the drug itself but because of using marijuana it caused him to lose everything. In the professional world a drug of any sort is frowned upon even marijuana so managers/owners will fire a worker for using it because it is unprofessional. Then he was slacking off in school because the drug does make you lazy and care free and it brought him to a point of not caring and once struggling with school he fell into a depression where im sure he felt trapped and he couldnt do any better because he felt he had failed too much and that led to suicide. Marijuana does effect peoples lives in different ways and it should NOT be made legal. This lady lost her son and all yall can do is be downright rude. She isnt looking for sympathy, she was simply fighting for whats right in her mind just like all of you so learn to look at it from both sides and show a little sympathy.

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