In this paper I discuss why Cannabis should not be liberated in the United States. My focus and concerns are to the harm Cannabis is bringing to society now a days. In the United States more people are being influenced and being in favor of this famous “Drug Addiction” causing by illusions as ignorance is taking over and affecting a nation that is role models to many other nations. Awareness of after effects of drugs are being hidden and taken for granted as people keep on living this irresponsible life not thinking of the future. In this paper, I will consider some information based on my side of the argument.
My point is that prohibiting the use of cannabis will make the percentage of addiction decrease. Just like every drug, Cannabis is proven to be addictive. These withdrawal effects appear similar in type and degree to those observed in studies of nicotine withdrawals. Craving for marijuana, decreases appetite, sleep difficulty and weight loss changing across the smoking and abstinence phases. Aggression, anger, irritability, restlessness, and strange dreams increases significantly during one abstinence. (Budney, Alan, PhD, Professor, University of Arkansas Center for Addiction Research, October, 2001).
According to the opposition of some users, as many as 10 percent, cannabis leads to psychological dependence, but there is little evidence that it carries a risk of true addiction. Unlike cigarette smokers, most users do not take the drug on a daily basis, and usually stops consuming it in their twenties or thirties. Unlike for nicotine, alcohol and hard drugs, there is no clearly sign of withdrawal syndrome and of true addiction, when use is stopped. (Blakemore, Colin, PhD and Iversen, Leslie, PhD “The Times (U.K.) August 6, 2001).
Following to the addiction, health risks comes to an increase as people have more use of cannabis. 3 to 4 Cannabis cigarettes a day is enough to cause serious and long-lasting bronchitis and is in the same degree of damage to the bronchial as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day as Cannabis smoking just makes it more likely to weaken your immune system. Infections of the lung are due to a combination of smoking related damage to the cells lining the bronchial channel and damage of the principal immune cells in the small air sacs caused by cannabis. (British Lung Foundation, “Smoking Gun The Impact of Cannabis Smoking on Respiratory Health”, November 2002).
In spite of this, according to Lester Grinspoon an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry in Harvard Medical School “There is very little evidence that smoking marijuana as means of taking it represents a significant health risk. Although cannabis has been smoked an addictive habit in the Western countries for more than four decades, there have been no reported cases of lung cancer or emphysema attributed to marijuana. Professor Grinspoon mentions that breathing poor air in a polluted city can cause more effects than one inhale dose a day of any type of Cannabis. (Grinspoon, Lester, “Puffing is the Best Medicine” May 5, 2006).
Based on studies in other countries that has legalized completely the use of Cannabis, legalizing Cannabis will only double and possibly even triple users. Which will cause between 17 to 34 more million young people to be damaged by the drug. Problem solving, concentration, motivation, and memory are negatively affected. Teens that consumes Cannabis are more likely to damage their brain development and possibly have different affects such as dangerous behavior, and experience increased risk of schizophrenia and depression. Studies has shown that 13 Percent of High School Seniors has admitted to has driven after smoking Marijuana which is more than 10 percent of students has admitted had drank alcoholic beverages before getting in the steering wheels. Why would we want to give more opportunities for these young people to damage their lives and families With accidents or hurting other people when driving. (Evans, G. David, “Marijuana Legalization ‘s Costs Outweigh Its Benefits” Oct. 30, 2012).
Opposing the legalization, in the United States people has been getting criminalized because of the possession of Marijuana. In 1965 FBI has reported about 22 million arrest for Marijuana Violations, imagine at the number of arrest in a year of 2014, since cannabis distribution and access has been so much easier to find. This has to stop because these several people are being criminalized for choosing a substance that is safer than Tobacco and Alcohol which ironically is legal. A 2009 study estimated that health related costs per user are eight times higher for drinkers of alcoholic beverages and more than 40 times higher for tobacco smokers than they are for those who consume cannabis. Inhaling Cannabis does temporality alter a person’s mood and reaction but regulation has to be enforced with Age and activities prior consuming it just like Alcohol and Tobacco. Responsibility is key. (Armentano, Paul, “Marijuana Regulation Works and Prohibition Fails” Oct. 30, 2012).
On the other side, it has been proven that Cannabis has medical benefits. People that suffer of any decease such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and some other physical and mental condition can have benefits from Cannabis since it relief the suffering. Instead of having to wait on long hospital lines, having to pay absurd amount for prescriptions and medication, you can have your the medicine right in your own home, or having a relative that can provide you with it, on moments of suffering and you are out of medicine. It can be much cheaper, better relief, and move convenient. People are just focusing on negative aspects such as damaging your lungs, but now a days you can use Cannabis in multiple forms from smoking to even eating it. (Simpson, Walter, End Costly and Destructive War on Marijuana 2013)
Cannabis destroys people’s lives. In today’s society movies shows that people that smokes marijuana, called “Pot Heads”, are the relaxed ones that live a nice easy life, fun and loving people who just stuff their face with Cheetos and spend their days giggling. Movies doesn’t show people some of the reality of “Pot Heads” which they are flunking out of school, living in the streets, losing jobs and even lovely relationships. Studies shows that students who uses marijuana has lower grades and are less likely to get accepted to a university than nonsmokers. In Australia a study stated that intoxication of cannabis was responsible for 4.3% of driver fatalities. It is a negative aspect for somebody’s life, by consuming this substance you are putting your life into a path that you can be affected and regret such decisions in the future. (Hawkins, John, “5 Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal” Jan. 21, 2014).
Money plays a big role in the United States, and Cannabis will bring much of it to each state in the country. Colorado was the first state to legalize and regulate, and it has collected nearly $6 million dollars of Marijuana taxes in the first 2 months of 2014. In 2015 some of the money that has been collected through taxes is planned to be invested in Colorado public schools which will be a great benefit for their population. Washington is estimated to raise nearly $200 million in the next 4 years and the budget just keeps on increasing depending on what state legalizes it. If each state stopped spending money on criminalizing prisoners for marijuana related crimes since the average cost of each prisoner each year is about $29,000 and used that money with the taxed money collected from Cannabis, the United States can become a better countries with better states. Not forgetting to regulate ways of using cannabis, the same way alcohol is regulated, beginning with age, driving laws, and public places, Cannabis can bring a huge benefit to the country. (Brewer, Jack, “3 Reasons Recreational Marijuana should be Legal in All 50 States” Jul. 10, 2014)
Finishing this argument, Cannabis should not become legal, neither recreational nor medicinal. Although it brings some benefits to the country, due to the raising money for each state, convenience of people’s relief due to disease suffering, and mental stress, it has much more side negative effects for legalizing. Think about the damage that Alcohol and Tobacco already brings to society now a day, all the accidents caused by alcohol or diseases caused by Tobacco. Cannabis will not make people stop doing one to do the other, it will just add, people will just have another option of doing something that will harm their lives and the people around of those who consumes it.