Effects Of Marijuana On The Academic Achievement Of University Students

1462 Words Nov 25th, 2015 6 Pages
Cannabis is the most used illicit drug amongst university students in the UK and western countries are experiencing changing trends concerning its acceptance. As of 2015, over 10 European countries and over 20 U.S states have either decriminalised or legalised the drug (Reuter, 2010) (Higson, 2015),. In the UK, the call for the decriminalisation of cannabis is also growing. A recent petition to parliament for its legalisation in October 2015, gained over 200,000 signatures (Bolton, 2015). As its decriminalisation is becoming increasingly contested in policy making, further research on its effects should be done to adequately assess whether the action of decriminalisation could prove more beneficial or detrimental to the public.

Policy relevance: Both sides of the debate for legalisation of cannabis make plausible arguments. However the actual effect that policies, which improve cannabis access have on have consumption decisions and on long term health is still relatively unknown (Ulf Zölitz 2008). Knowing the effect of cannabis on the academic achievement of university students is important for informing policy makers about the potential risks or benefits that could come with its decriminalisation.

Objective: The aim of this study is to determine whether the cognitive functions of the brain impaired by marijuana affects overall educational achievement at university.

Previous literature: Most of the knowledge of the long-term effects of cannabis on the…
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