Is Marijuana A Good Choice?

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Is Marijuana a Good Choice? Recreational marijuana is now legal in four states (as of June 19, 2015), Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. Medical marijuana is legal in twenty-three states (as of June 19, 2015). I believe no more states should legalize it. California was the first state to prohibit marijuana use about a century ago. People should be entirely careful about using marijuana because of the negative effects it produces. Marijuana should be illegal because it is harmful to young people’s brains, it can cause breathing problems, it increases your heart rate, and it can become addictive. Some people think marijuana is okay (especially for medical purposes), because it can reduce nausea during chemotherapy and it decreases pain and inflammation in autoimmune diseases. First, recreational marijuana is harmful to the brains of young people. Infants and children still unborn can be harmed if their mother uses marijuana. Some women declare they use marijuana for morning sickness or other uses while pregnant. Brain impairment to the infant is the main problem associated with marijuana while pregnant (USA Today “Marijuana Health Risks”). Young people aren’t only children and infants, but also teenagers. Teenagers who use marijuana can have a significant IQ decline as they age. For example, a study indicated that individuals who began smoking marijuana heavily while teenagers and had an ongoing marijuana use disorder lost an average of eight IQ points between ages 13

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