Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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Legalization of Marijuana
The use of marijuana is undoubtedly one of the most important and controversial issues confronting society today. For years, various groups and organizations have participated in a widespread debate regarding what should be done with marijuana. Each of these groups have their own opinions and interests regarding this matter. In my personal opinion, marijuana should be legalized and regulated in order to prevent misuse and abuse. A major argument against marijuana is that it is an unhealthy, dangerous drug. Often it’s referred to as the “gateway” to harder drugs such as cocaine. On the other hand, others contend that the drug can be used effectively used for medicinal purposes. According to the American Association, of Pediatrics, “The significant neuropharmacologic, cognitive, behavioral and somatic consequences of acute and long-term marijuana use are well known. Negative effects include those on short-term memory, concentration, attention span, motivation, and problem solving which clearly interfere with learning, adverse effects on coordination, judgment, reaction time and tracking ability.” It is a fact that marijuana, when consumed in excess, can cause mild to harmful to life-threatening effects. This is the basis as to why it should be completely eradicated from being legalized. Although, studies show that marijuana, when used properly may have invaluable effects. In the following discussions, I will provide information to support why marijuana should be legalized. The first reason why marijuana should be legalized is because it may be used for medicinal purposes. Marijuana can be an effective alternative treatment for a range of conditions such as, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, insomnia, and depression. Not only do medical experts and doctors support the use of marijuana, but many individuals also claim that marijuana has helped them with their illnesses. As Robert Killian, M.D., M.P.H., and HIV specialist states, “He...
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