Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

1514 Words Nov 8th, 2014 7 Pages
Recreational marijuana use is an issue that affects so many lives of people over the years. Whether the user is young or old, it can still harm their health both physically and mentally, and despite the fact that people say it can help reduce or put an end to the drug war violence and thus lower down crime rates in countries like Mexico (Berlatsky, 2), meaning it would decrease the amount of violence and problems from occurring, it’s not enough to outweigh the risks of recreational marijuana on people. Basically, since marijuana has several harmful health effects like impairing your memory, respiratory problems and even cancer, behavior change, and so much more (Thompson, 1), the government should NOT legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana has so many negative sides to it that will most likely ruin your life the more you intake it. For instance, the effects of marijuana can harm your brain and change the way you act. THC, as known as tetrahydrocannabinol, is a component found in marijuana can make the user feel high, or euphoric, which could trigger them to do things that pleasure them like drugs, sex, chocolate, etc. (Thompson, 1). Thus they would act as if they are drunk or hyper, which can impact their actions and behavior. For example, if someone was smoking marijuana outside the street, and saw a random woman passing by him, he may sexually harass her, which is totally cruel and illegal. Besides that, based on Stephen Thompson’s article, “Marijuana Use Is…

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