Legalizing Marijuana In America Research Paper

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The Future of Marijuana in The United States of America In the United States of America there is one controversy rising above the rest on more ways than one, and that is the issue concerning the legalization of marijuana. If this drug isn’t legalized soon, thousands of people are going to unnecessarily suffer from the painful illnesses that plague them, while on another hand thousands of people are going to serve years in jail for what should not be judged as a crime. Legalizing marijuana everywhere in the U.S. can also give the economy a huge jump start and start paying down America’s debt. Evidence has pointed out that this drug, known as Cannabis sativa, has been used worldwide by countless of countries since…show more content…
Not only that, but research has shown that it develops addiction, which then makes marijuana an unsuitable medicinal drug which can cause permanent damage and even lead to death. First of all, marijuana can cause addiction, but it’s estimated that only 9% of marijuana users will develop an addiction with only mild withdrawal symptoms. On the other hand, benzodiazepines are a rather commonly prescribed (and highly addictive) medicinal drug. There are four types of benzodiazepines listed among the top 100 most commonly prescribed medications, which are alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan). Benzodiazepines alone are only acutely toxic, but when combined with other medications, alcohol or opiates they pose a greater threat to the patient. Furthermore, this drug has been known to cause psychomotor retardation, which is just another name for when thought processing (and with it, speech) and physical movements become significantly slower. Some of the known psychomotor retardation effects are drowsiness, poor concentration, ataxia, dysarthria, motor incoordination, diplopia, muscle weakness, vertigo and mental confusion. These are just a handful of effects, benzodiazepines have also been known to cause depression, increasing irritability, aggression, hostility and impulsivity (Longo). In 2013 there were at least 7,000 deaths associated with benzodiazepine overdose (NIH). This isn’t taking into account the deaths caused by opioids (like Percocet and Morphine), a potent type of drug that relieves pain by reducing pain signals received by the brain. When properly prescribed and used, they can manage pain safely and effectively, but just one large, wrongly used dose can cause severe respiratory depression and lead to death (NIH). Once more, in 2013 there were some 14,000 reported deaths associated

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