Keeping Marijuana Illegal
No doubt, nature has indeed blessed us abundance to be enjoyed, but it so unfortunate that this provision is often been abused. Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa). It contains THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) which the active chemical component presents in it that stimulates reaction in the brain of the smoker.
It is usually been smoked in pipes or bongs. Some people call it Ganja, Grass, Hash, Herb, Pot, Weed as terms derived from trademarked varieties of cannabis, such as Bubble Gum, Northern Lights, Fruity Juice, Those who take it sometimes mix it with other hard drugs like crack and added to food or tea to serve as stimulants.
it is an illicit drug and illegal, its use is in an alarming rate as it has been shown that in the last half of 2003, marijuana was the third most commonly abused drug mentioned in drug-related hospital emergency department (ED) visits in the continental United States, at 12.6 percent, following cocaine (20 percent) and alcohol (48.7 percent).2(The National Institute of Health webpage)
Although it is illegal, it is not totally useless as its usefulness is felt in some are areas of medicine but smoking it has not been recommended as a cure for any disease. Also, the rate of abuse is alarming and it costing us a lot through the death of many bright Americans who might tomorrow find the cure to some of the world terror disease.
The Office of the National Drug Control Policy has indicated that the number of past year marijuana users in 2006 was approximately 25.4 million (10.3% of the population aged 12 or older) and the number of past month marijuana users was 14.8 million (6.0%). This statistics has shown that it is important Marijuana remains an illegal drug as the following reasons can not be overlooked.
The people of every name are the nation itself. There will be no America if there are no Americans. The welfare of this people is paramount to the success of the country. This is why health should be yardstick for illegalization of marijuana. They shall come in sub headings.
Brain damage: It has be found by scientist that the active chemical present in marijuana called the THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) has a way of influencing and affecting by connecting to specific sites called cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells and influences the activity of those cells. This could lead to memory loss, increased heart rate, and loss of coordination, difficulty in thinking, Hallucinations, Delusions Impaired memory and Disorientation. This means that going by the report of the Office of the National Drug Control Policy we should be expecting a break down in our health facilities which I think will also affect our economy.
Hearth attack: a study has shown that Marijuana users may have a shorter life expectancy after suffering a heart attack than people who do not use the drug, a new study suggests. (Reuters Health Friday, March 28, 2008). The effect of marijuana is taking its pound of on the American health system as a study carried out by Dr. Kenneth J. Mukamal of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and associates found that these aging marijuana users may have a poorer prognosis in the years following a heart attack. Among more than 1,900 heart attack patients the researchers followed, those who reported regularly smoking marijuana in the year before the attack were two to four times more likely to die within the next 4 years. (Reuters Health Friday, March 28, 2008) This is enough reason to put an embargo on the usage of this killer substance that might wide us off in this era of baby-boomers seeking for strength to fulfill their everyday responsibilities.
Effects on Longs: The impact of marijuana on the lungs of the smokers causes lung cancers and other respiratory related diseases which often time is life threatened. It posess the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract because it contains irritants and carcinogens. Marijuana poses up to 70 – 80 carcinogenic hydrocarbons which is not the same with cigarette smokers.
Economic and Social Reasons:
The breath of every nation is its economic strength. A country like America can not afford to legalize the use of cannabis because of it enormous negative impact it will have on the foreign direct investment and also on the growth stimulation of small scale business.
Increased Crime Rate: there has been a link between the take of marijuana and violence. Keeping this kind of drug legal will increase it usage and crime rate will increase which would cause economic and social pressure of neighborhoods as the activities of violent gangs will be more prominent. Research shows that kids who use marijuana weekly are nearly four times more likely than nonusers to report they engage in violent behavior. (Office of the National Drug Control Policy, marijuana, myth and fact). This will create a bad image for us while the gangs will turn themselves into tax collector with the neighborhood.
Addiction: this is a serious problem to combat. Long time usage conditions our body to rely solely on it. They skip schools and do not bother about anything. They suffer from sleeplessness and its symptoms singles them out. This will reduce their productivity rate and they might end up unemployable causing government more extra cash which should have gone into more. They are often hostile and aggressive.
DAWN (Drug Abuse Warning Network) collects information on deaths involving drug abuse that were identified and submitted by 128 death investigation jurisdictions in 42 metropolitan areas across the United States. Cannabis ranked among the 10 most common drugs in 16 cities, including Detroit (74 deaths), Dallas (65), and Kansas City (63). Marijuana is very often reported in combination with other substances, in metropolitan areas that reported any marijuana in drug abuse deaths, an average of 79 percent of those deaths involved marijuana and at least one other substance. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Mortality Data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2001)
The summary of all been said is that it is very important that Marijuana remain illegal with strict punishment for offenders. Although some countries have legalized the usage, it should not be the same for us as we are the symbol of which others follow. Also, our health care system should be strengthen for more effeteness in handling the after effect of the impact on marijuana on very affected citizen of this great nation.
In conclusion, the damage of the marijuana to us in totality and could gravely affect our hope as a nation of liberty and freedom which our fathers have labored to build till this time. Therefore, in the fulfillment of our American dream we should keep our streets, homes and the nation safe from drugs.
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· Results from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings (Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H–27, DHHS Publication No. SMA 05–4061). Rockville, MD, 2004. NSDUH is an annual survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Copies of the latest survey are available from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 800-729-6686..
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