Marijuana Facts: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?
Let’s get the skinny on some of these marijuana facts. Crazy statements like, “Marijuana is safe and natural,” and “nobody has ever died from smoking marijuana,” or “legalizing marijuana would be great for the economy and would create more jobs,” have to be some of the most uneducated statements being said about marijuana today. There are A. no real, hard facts to back any of these statements up as true, and B. marijuana is not safe for your body or anyone else’s, especially if you are driving. Let’s break these three statements out and list out in detail why they make no real sense.
Marijuana Facts: True or False?
Marijuana Facts: Marijuana is safe and natural
False! Marijuana is actually not safe for the body or mind. It has been known to causes major health problems with the lungs, brain, and other organs. Studies provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have shown that marijuana affects brain development, and influences memory and thinking, focus, coordination, sensory and time perception. Many people who smoke marijuana have difficulty with problem solving, and it does disrupt learning and retention of information. In addition to marijuana killing brain cells and completely altering the way the brain functions, it also greatly affects the lungs. Additional studies have shown that many of the same respiratory problems experienced by tobacco smokers can be found in marijuana smokers, too. Marijuana in its purest form may be natural, but like likihood of what is available locally being anything close to “natural” is slim to none, and therefore claims of “it’s safe” are just plain false.
Marijuana Facts: Nobody has ever died from smoking marijuana
False! Since marijuana has not been “legal” in select locations for long, hospitals do not have a true count of deaths associated with marijuana use. Those numbers will take some time, and we wouldn’t be surprised if we see an increase in health problems as a result of long-term marijuana use. Guess we will have to wait another 20-50 years for those results. In the meantime, there is such a thing called Drugged Driving – smoking marijuana does impair your judgment and reaction time. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) taken in 2012, over 10 million people were drugged driving on the road. Now that there is a huge push to continue legalizing recreational marijuana, we wonder how that number will change. How many people will die as a result of someone smoking marijuana and driving?
Marijuana Facts: Marijuana would be great for the economy and would create more jobs
False! You know what else would be good for the economy? Prostitution and human trafficking. Should we make those legal too? Just because it could be “good” for the economy, doesn’t mean it’s good for humanity. Getting rich off of providing people easier ways to get high and destroy their bodies, doesn’t seem to make sense in the big picture. How many of those people are going to have to be treated for related health problems that we, as tax payers, are going to have to pay for? It will become a vicious cycle of money in and money out. Oh, and we will most likely have to provide more treatment to treat those that become addicted. In case you did not know, the real marijuana facts are this: long-term use of marijuana can lead to drug addiction.
Marijuana Facts: Marijuana Should Not Be Legalized
You may like or may not like what we have to say on the matter, but the truth is that we are an addiction treatment center that has seen countless lives lost to drugs and alcohol and have seen those families destroyed. Come be a shoulder to cry on when a mother finds out her son died because he just wanted one more fix. And if you think that marijuana has nothing to do with it, ask those addicts who either started their drug use smoking weed or relapsed on weed because it was “safe” and “natural”. Being in the addiction treatment field since 1998, we have seen a lot of destruction from drugs, and that includes marijuana, but we have also seen a lot recover. You may not agree with us, but we hope that you at least keep an open mind to the fact that marijuana may not be as safe as you think. We also hope that if you find you are struggling with marijuana or any drug, that you will get the help you deserve. No person should ever have to struggle with drug addiction alone, and we can help you recover.
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