Argumentative Essay On Medical Marijuana

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Cannabis, derived from the plant cannabis sativa, is considered the most widely used illegal drug in the U.S., though, to clarify, it is legal for medical use in 29 states and Washington D.C., and is legally available for recreational use in 3 whole states. It is most commonly “smoked” in a fashion similar to a cigarette, but may also be inhaled using drug paraphernalia. such as bongs. In popular culture, it is viewed with rather polarized attitudes; some people see it as a “gateway drug”, meaning that what may start as marijuana usage could later manifest into addiction/usage of much stronger drugs, such as LSD, cocaine, or even heroin. Others see pot simply as a way to get a natural high without risking addiction or severe health consequences. These two viewpoints do not represent every facet of pot usage, but rather show the most common opposing arguments. Despite what many cannabis users might think, however, pot is not just an all-natural, friendly drug whose only effect is the user “chilling out”. This viewpoint is largely perpetuated by ignorance. Marijuana has many negative effects that many recreational users tend to overlook. To clarify, this paper is not intending to argue against medical marijuana; rather, the aim is to dissuade potential users against recreational use. Most people know that hard drugs, and even alcohol, rot your brain; numerous studies and anecdotes have made it common knowledge that filling your blood and brain with cocaine, alcohol, and any

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