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Legalize Marijuana.




Advocates of legalizing marijuana often tout the fact that it is no more harmful than alcohol. The assertion is false. Marijuana has more significant long term affects and some major short term effects. The fact is that marijuana is a drug and that like any other drug it is dangerous and addictive. Marijuana is a gateway to more serious drugs and to ill advised behaviour in general. Take the time to read the following excerpts I located from http://www.theantidrug.com/drug_info/marijuana-hazards.asp.

Effects of Marijuana on the Brain. Researchers have found that THC changes the way in which sensory information gets into and is acted on by the hippocampus. This is a component of the brain's limbic system that is crucial for learning, memory, and the integration of sensory experiences with emotions and motivations. Investigations have shown that THC suppresses neurons in the information-processing system of the hippocampus. In addition, researchers have discovered that learned behaviors, which depend on the hippocampus, also deteriorate.

Effects of Heavy Marijuana Use on Learning and Social Behavior. A study of college students has shown that critical skills related to attention, memory, and learning are impaired among people who use marijuana heavily, even after discontinuing its use for at least 24 hours. Researchers compared 65 "heavy users," who had smoked marijuana a median of 29 of the past 30 days, and 64 "light users," who had smoked a median of 1 of the past 30 days. After a closely monitored 19- to 24-hour period of abstinence from marijuana and other illegal drugs and alcohol, the undergraduates were given several standard tests measuring aspects of attention, memory, and learning. Compared to the light users, heavy marijuana users made more errors and had more difficulty sustaining attention, shifting attention to meet the demands of changes in the environment, and in registering, processing, and using information. The findings suggest that the greater impairment among heavy users is likely due to an alteration of brain activity produced by marijuana.
Maybe it would be helpful to look at it from a personal perspective. Would you want the doctor who was about to operate on you to have spent the night before smoking marijuana? How about the pilot who was flying your plane. Maybe it would become real when they had trouble recalling some tedious little fact that meant the difference between life and death. Maybe if it was your child who had suffered a serious injury and was depending on paramedics to act decisively and competently to save his life you would think differently. Drugs are bad there is no other way to look at it. This society has become so self centered and hedonistic that everyone seems to be more concerned with what feels good instead of what is right. Wasting your life in a drug induced fog is simply stupid and irresponsible.

3 comments:

  1. You can't talk about research without giving credit. The website you actually did cite is an anti-drug website - biased?

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  3. .
    There is nothing positive about the 'War on Drugs', absolutely nothing. It just makes all drug related problems worse. It only exists to feed the Law Enforcement and Prison construction industries and Unions.
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    here's an absurd thought -
    our Supreme God says
    never use alcohol...

    or any other drug
    which may influence your mind

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    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    marijuana is evil

    especially to stop pain
    must use costly chemicals

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    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    disregard states' drug laws

    the Federal Government
    must protect the drug war

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    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    never create more addicts

    if it makes less criminals
    and leads to less prisons

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    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    outlaw all alcohol

    make cigarettes illegal
    organized crime takes over
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