Should Marijuana Be Legal?

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Marijuana is one of the most highly addictive substances utilized worldwide in today’s society. According to David Evans, “clinical dependence has been found to afflict roughly 10% of all marijuana users. Most are in their late teens and twenties. The risk of dependence is higher among those who try marijuana at a young age. In 2009, individuals between the ages of 12 and 25 comprised 65.3% of all substance abuse treatment admissions for marijuana; daily use was reported by 49.6% of this group. More young people are being treated for marijuana dependence than for any other drug. Marijuana is far more powerful today than it was 30 years ago and it serves as an entry point for the use of other illegal drugs.” Legalizing marijuana in the state of Arkansas will be more of a serious problem for the adolescents and the younger population. This age is critical for this population cause of the influences, such as fitting in, peer pressure, and increase in wanting to try new things. Most importantly, the mental health professionals are concerned about the effects it has on the populations, especially the adolescents or young adults. According to Evans, “adolescents are particularly vulnerable to harm, given the effects of cannabis on neurological development.” Therefore, the physicians have expressed their concerns on the issue of legalizing marijuana. The article, Six Vermont Physician Organizations Warn against Legalizing Weed, by Bob Kinzel said, “The physicians state, there

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