The Question of Marijuana


Prescribed Medical Marijuana

One of the most talked about issues in the United States is whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. There are two main lobbies on this issue. The first supports full recreational legalization of marijuana, and the latter supports little to no legalization, or in some cases, a complete ban.

They both cite sources which claim it’s either good, or bad, but since most studies are heavily biased, let’s investigate it from a moral and natural standpoint.

Several reasons why marijuana is dangerous include:

  • It’s a gateway drug
  • It can be addictive
  • It can cause memory loss
  • It affects decision making skills
  • It causes paranoia

Gateway Drug!

Marijuana is a gateway drug. Many people, after using marijuana, will begin to experiment with other, more addictive and hardcore drugs, which can lead to future health problems and possible jail time. Marijuana itself isn’t normally addictive, but after heavy usage it can become addictive. Addiction, no matter the substance, is unhealthy as it interrupts natural neural pathways.

Natural Medicine?

Abrus precatorius (aka Crab’s Eye)

Some people argue the point that, “It’s just a plant,” or, “what is natural is good,” but both of these points are easily refuted since many harmful substances and drugs are also created from plants such as the poisonous Crab’s Eye (Pictured at the right) which causes nausea, vomiting, convulsions, liver failure, and even death after congesting.

Cocaine also comes from a plant, the Coca Plant of South America, and is one of the most harmful drugs that is common today. It never fails to send people down a dark path in which few ever recover from.

In conclusion, though marijuana is slowly becoming legal in the US and elsewhere, that doesn’t mean that it is a force for good. In fact, it may be the exact opposite: a force for bad. All drugs, however appealing they may seem, should be avoided as much as possible.