To Blaze or Not To Blaze, ‘Tis the Question

Melisa Lanzar (12th), Reporter

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The legalization of marijuana does not have a black and white answer: it always depends on circumstances. Based on recent studies, tragedies such as higher percentage of car accidents and hospitalizations have been caused by the legalization of marijuana.

Although there are negative effects from the usage of marijuana, there can be potentially positive ones as well. For example, medical marijuana has been implemented in patients who require the drug as a relaxing agent in order to recover from seizures or spasms. Marijuana should be legalized since it allows access for these individuals who suffer from illnesses/disorders where they need a depressant to relax.

However, there should be strict regulations on the distribution of medical marijuana to the public since people can take advantage of the legalization of this drug by using sicknesses to attain marijuana.  Marijuana is such a popular drug that it lost its notorious association since the discovery of even more dangerous drugs. It is dangerous to smoke marijuana weeks before going in for a job interview because drug tests can always test positive although the person is not impaired.

Marijuana is a gateway drug. Typically in media, marijuana users are portrayed as “dope fiends” that will become heavy drug users and ultimately destroy their lives. However, users who have tried marijuana for the first time do not experience anything terrible and will not believe the lies the media has told them about drugs and assume the same for other drugs. This normalizes drugs and increases the amount of “dope fiends”, causing weed to be distinguished as the new “cool”.

The legalization of marijuana should only be allowed for medical purposes but not for recreational purposes. Marijuana can have drawbacks and benefits,however it should be legalized because many people will find a way to access the drug with or without the law. Marijuana is the gateway drug in most cases, but this is the case with or without its legalization.

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