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On the Legalization of Marijuana

Posted by Michael Dickens on July 19, 2009

The legalization of marijuana is an interesting topic. Most people I know who I usually agree with are for the legalization of marijuana, but I am against it. Here’s why.

Well for starters, marijuana is addictive. [1]

People who are for the legalization of marijuana sometimes argue that there are no long-term side effects. However, this is far from the truth. In addition to the many short-term side effects, “heavy use of marijuana is associated with persistent decrements in neurocognitive performance even after 28 days of abstinence.” [2]

Some argue that alcohol is worse than marijuana, so marijuana should be legalized. This is really no argument at all. I have shown why marijuana is harmful and therefore should not be legal; alcohol in excess may be more harmful, so it should be illegal as well. Of course, the last time we had a prohibition, it didn’t work so well. Maybe a cap could be placed on the legal alcohol consumption per day: when taken in moderation, alcoholic beverages can actually be quite healthy. Any amount of marijuana, however, it detrimental to one’s health. In the short term, even a small amount of marijuana can cause loss of coordination, reduced senses, memory loss, difficulty with cognitive processes and critical thinking, increased heart rate, and in some cases even hallucination. None of these things is healthy.

[1] http://www.spencerrecovery.com/marijuana-addiction.html

[2] Bolla, K. I., K. Brown, D. Eldreth, K. Tate, and J. L. Cadet. Dose-related neurocognitive effects of marijuana use. Dose-related neurocognitive effects of marijuana use. Neurology, n.d. Web. 18 July 2009. <http://www.neurology.org/cgi/content/abstract/59/9/1337&gt;.

[3] http://www.ukcia.org/research/AdverseEffectsOfCannabis.pdf

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3 Responses to “On the Legalization of Marijuana”

  1. phynnboi said

    I don’t really see any problem with people smoking the stuff in private. As long as I don’t have to breathe the smoke, why should I care? Put it this way: Is the government paying for my health care? No? Then why should they have the power to decide what I do with my health? Why should they get all of the power with none of the responsibility?

    As far as I can tell, legislation against pot serves two purposes. One, it’s a moral legislation. It’s like the old laws against sodomy, as if we should care what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms. Two, the government probably gets more money (and definitely gets more power) from locking up potheads than they would from legalizing the stuff and taxing the crap out of it (like they currently do for tobacco and alcohol).

    • mtgandp said

      I see your point, and I have definitely left some parts out in my post. Those parts are the Why: why should marijuana be legal if it’s harmful? My main reason was that marijuana is addicting, but according to a few studies, it isn’t very addicting after all. According to some studies it is addictive, but this shows that there are conflicting perspectives.

      “Two, the government probably gets more money (and definitely gets more power) from locking up potheads than they would from legalizing the stuff and taxing the crap out of it”
      How? Keeping people in jail is rather expensive.

  2. Bill said

    I read this post by Scott Adam (the Dilbert creator) on The Extra Legal Age and it reminded me of your post. Why does marijuana have to be illegal for 80 year olds? Who cares if they get addicted or it kills them faster? If it makes the feel better then I say go for it.

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