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Marijuana 1 Marijuana Christopher Ard Axia College of University of Phoenix
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Marijuana 2 Even though it is being used for medical purposes, marijuana is a dangerous drug because it brings many consequences; therefore, it should not be legalized. The legalization of marijuana will cause the crime rate to go up in communities across the United States. Smoking marijuana is not healthy, it will cause more problems than rehabilitation to the human body. Additionally the legalization of marijuana will bring immense harm to society. Adolescants are vulnerable to marijuana addiction. It often leads to the use of more dangerous drugs. By using marijuana it can aquire physical health problems like depression, suicidal thoughts, and schizophrenda. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration young people are at a higher risk for marijuana addiction, they are three times more likely than adults to develop dependency. “The fact is that treatment admissions rates for adolescents reporting marijuana as the primary substance abuse increased from 32 to 65 percent between 1993 and 2003. More young people ages 12-17 endured treatment in 2003 for marijuana dependency than for alcohol and all other illegal drugs combined (U.S.Drug Enforcement Administration, 2006).” Also legalization of marijuana according to the National Institution of Health will come at the expense of the children and public safety. “It will create dependency and treatment issues. It will also open the door to the use of other drugs, impaired health, delinquent behavior, and drugged drivers (National Institution of Health, 2008).” According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration marijuana is one of the leading causes of traffic fatalities in the United States. Also according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on an ongoing study found that 17 % (one in six) people involved in an automobile accident tested positive for marijuana. People who were under the age of 18 had a higher, 19 percent, positive test for marijuana. The study
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Marijuana 3 also points out that among high school seniors in 2005 and 2006 that about 28,000 students were in an automobile accident after using marijuana. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that marijuana significally impairs one’s ability to operate safely a motor vehicle. According to its report, the information from the road and traffic arrests and fatalities points out that after alcohol marijuana is the most drug found in psychoactive among driving populations. Problems the report points out is: “decreased car handling performance, inability to maintain headway, impaired time and distance estimation, increased reaction times, sleepiness, lack of motor coordination, and impaired sustained vigilance (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 2006).” In the illustration below shows a fatal accident in which the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of marijuana. This is a prime example of why the legalization of marijuana, for medical or any other purposes should be put to rest.
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2010 for the course SCIENCE 225 taught by Professor Austin during the Spring '10 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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