The Harmful Effects of Marijuana have been exaggerated

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Thousands of people die every year from tobacco and smoking related illnesses, and hundreds of innocent people die every year in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. It 's even possible to die from alcohol poisoning, but marijuana has never been directly attributed to any deaths. Despite all this, public opinion on marijuana is still based on myth and prejudice even though it remains relatively harmless. The harmful effects of marijuana have been exaggerated. In the 1930 's the United States was flooded with reports that described marijuana as an extremely dangerous drug that enabled people to accomplish "great feats of strength and endurance, during which no fatigue is felt", and proclaimed that "[Use of marijuana] ends in the…show more content…
Often the way marijuana is presented in the same category as harder drugs in drug education classes can result in some misconceptions with kids. They are told that marijuana is extremely addictive along with alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. Many times the exaggerations offered up in these drug seminars are received as plain lies by the generally cynical youth. Like the case of the girl interviewed in Marsha Rosenbaum 's essay, "Marijuana is not an exceptionally dangerous drug for teens," where she states: "...They told us if we used marijuana we would become addicted. They told us if we used heroin we would become addicted. Well, we all tried marijuana and found we did not become addicted. We figured the entire message must be B.S. So I tried heroin, used it again and again..."(34). Instead of teaching children that marijuana should be regarded as though it 's just as dangerous as LSD they should be taught of the true risks associated with each individual drug. When something that is thought to be true is found out to be false, especially in the mind of a teenager, then all other related facts might also be untrue. The "consistent mischaracterization of marijuana" according to Rosenbaum is what hinders approaches to promote drug prevention in teens (35). This is how children fall victim to the "gateway theory", it has nothing to do with the properties of the drug, but the way the dangers of it are
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