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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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.