Essay about It's Time To Make Marijuana Legal for Recreational Use

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The issue of legalizing marijuana has been prominent in news headlines recently with Washington and Colorado’s new laws on using marijuana for recreational use. The problems stem from the vast difference of opinion between those who support the new laws and those who oppose them. The supporters of legalizing marijuana argue that the police resources that are being used for trying to prosecute users of marijuana could be better used for violent crimes such as murder and rape. Supporters also argue that marijuana has far more positive properties than negative ones. Those who oppose the legalization state that marijuana is a gateway to other more harmful drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin. They also say that marijuana is a …show more content…

Marijuana also does not, in itself, cause people to use hard drugs. Marijuana is the most popular illicit drug in our nation. Therefore, people who use less popular drugs such as heroin or cocaine are more likely to have used marijuana as well. The majority of marijuana users never try any other illegal drug and the vast majority of those who do try other drugs never become addicts or go on to have any other associated problems (97). The short-term effects of marijuana include almost immediate, temporary changes in thought patterns, perceptions, and data processing. The cognitive process most clearly affected is your short-term memory. In several lab studies, patients under the influence of marijuana have little to no trouble remembering things they learned before usage, however they displayed little capacity to learn and remember new information. This lowered rate only lasts for the duration of the high. There is no conceivable evidence that heavy long-term marijuana use may permanently impair memories or other brain functions (43). There has never in history been a case of a marijuana overdose. This is most likely because the estimated amount for an overdose is about 70 times more than what is needed to get high. Marijuana has

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