Marijuana Is A Safe And Non Addictive Drug

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In the United States the most illicitly abused drug is Marijuana, which is made from a Cannabis plant (Merrill 308). Many people have come to the conclusion that Marijuana is a safe and non-addictive drug because of the legalization of Marijuana in the United States. Unbeknown to the public, the carcinogenic compounds are actually greater in Marijuana than in cigarettes (Cohen, qtd. in Margolis 9). Subsequently, studies show that Marijuana ultimately impacts every primary system in the body (Margolis 12). Furthermore, over the years Marijuana has caused health risks such as addiction, irregular brain function, and decreased motor skills.
Addiction is one of the leading health risks in Marijuana and is commonly found in early adults than in other users. Statistics show, “Marijuana has been used by 28% of persons between the ages of 18 and 25 in the United States” (Anderson 413). One of the reasons why addiction is unsafe in young adults because the human brain hasn’t fully developed yet. Legalization of Marijuana proclaims that:
When the brain is developing and therefore vulnerable to influences, marijuana use interferes with the brain’s normal growth process. Young adults between ages 18 and 25 who used marijuana at least once a week were more likely to have structural differences in two areas of their brains when compared with non-users. Both areas in the brain are associated with addiction—the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala (7).
Therefore, the lack of brain…

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