states, for patients with AIDS, Alzheimer's, Anorexic, Epilepsy, Hepatitis C,
Terminally ill patients, and patients with Turrets syndrome. Marijuana is a gateway drug, and most used
drug in the United States, with over 69 million Americans who have tried it at
least once. Seven hundred thousand users
are arrested a year for obtaining marijuana, and yet we legalize it, and open
it up to the public.
Marijuana enters the blood stream,
and starts taking over the user within a minute or two. This takeover creates a sensation of pleasure
for the user, but has many negative side effects. Marijuana affects driving skills dramatically,
gives the user issues being alert, and negatively affects our ability to
concentrate or do easy tasks.
Coordination and reaction times are slowed. These
affects can last up to 24 hours after smoking marijuana. Users of this drug undergo an immense feeling
of being tired in a matter of hours after use.
Just imagine if people are doing this every day or two and driving to
work, or to school the damage, and loss of lives possible.
Physical dependence is another
major symptom that results in many marijuana smokers of today. THC attaches to certain parts of nerve
cells, and throws off a certain number of "cellular reactions" that create the
high that people get addicted to. If
marijuana isn't that addictive, then why is it the most used drug in the U.S.?
Why do people get withdrawal symptoms when taken away from it?
Under U.S. law since 1970,
marijuana has been a Schedule I controlled substance. This means that the drug, at least in its
smoked form, has no commonly accepted medical use. When speaking about Marijuana being used for
medical purposes, the positive side effects come from the substance THC in the
marijuana, and not the hundreds of harmful chemicals that are in marijuana.
Marijuana when taken changes the
way the brain receives and processes information that is crucial for learning,
memory, and emotions. Learned behaviors are also deteriorated, if used long-term
changes in the brain are similar to those changes in users of major drugs. Marijuana smokers tend to have many of the
same problems as tobacco smokers. The
tar inhaled by marijuana smokers is 3 to 5 times greater than that of tobacco
smokers, and causes lung cancer.
While there are no documented
reports of anyone ever dying from marijuana overdoses, there are thousands
about users dying in marijuana related incidents. Marijuana affects Motor skills, learning
skills, and the user's ability to think straight or stay alert. Marijuana may have some health positives due
to the THC, but yet THC capsules themselves are illegal. If all the positive effects come from the
THC, and yet we are legalizing the worse of two cures then there must be
another reason than health benefits.
Medical marijuana is an excuse for patients to get high, and should be