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Medicine. Cure. Anti-depressant. Dope. Weed. Mary Jane. Witchcraft. Pot. Illegal. Should-be-legal.
Marijuana. The controversy continues. Really, you’d think that if something were illegal it would mean: CONTROVERSY OVER. It’s kind of like heading up a group effort to legalize going 95 mph rather than 65 mph. Illegal – it means don’t do it. It doesn’t matter who else is doing it, because when you’re caught….no one’s going to give a rat’s behind who else is getting away with it.
For anyone who thinks there’s still a controversy, here are a few fast facts:
- Smoking marijuana damages the brain, heart, lungs, and immune system That’s a lot of damage to a lot of very vital parts!
- Marijuana impairs learning. That’s why many parents start digging when their kid’s grades begin to slack off. It isn’t always the culprit, but it is, very often, one of the first signs. Studies done on college students proved that marijuana limits the capacity to absorb and retain information. Users fall short on memory as well as math and verbal skills.
- Marijuana affects your memory. When we’re all fighting tooth and nail to hang onto our memories and put an end to dementia and alzheimer’s – the last thing any rational human being should want is something that would wipe away precious memories.
- Marijuana interferes with your perception and judgement. You can’t be totally sure if your feelings and emotions are 100 percent yours – or are simply a result of the Marijuana.
- Like cigarettes, smoking marijuana can lead to cancer. Can you say, “Not worth the risk?!?!”
- Marijuana use has been implicated in a high percentage of automobile crashes as well as accidents in the workplace. This statistic would, of course, be a little skewered because there are a lot of accidents that aren’t reported – for obvious reasons.
- Marijuana use can bring on extremely disturbing reactions – including paranoia and hallucinations. Reactions that can turn your world into a frightening hell.
- Chronic marijuana smokers are more susceptible to chest colds, bronchitis, emphysema, and bronchial asthma. Continued use will damage lungs and airways and raise the risk of cancer. There is just as much exposure to cancer-causing chemicals from smoking one marijuana joint as smoking five tobacco cigarettes.
- Regular use can delay the onset of puberty in young men and reduce sperm production. For women, regular use may disrupt normal monthly menstrual cycles and inhibit ovulation. When pregnant women use marijuana, they run the risk of having smaller babies with lower birth weights, who are more likely than other babies to develop health problems. Nothing that messes with your hormones is anywhere near worth it!
“By characterizing the use of illegal drugs as quasi-legal, state-sanctioned, Saturday afternoon fun, legalizers destabilize the societal norm that drug use is dangerous. They undercut the goals of stopping the initiation of drug use to prevent addiction…. Children entering drug abuse treatment routinely report that they heard that ‘pot is medicine’ and, therefore, believed it to be good for them.” — Andrea Barthwell, M.D.
Whenever we try to justify one illegal act, we lessen all illegal acts. Erasing lines that are drawn in an attempt to move them further back isn’t the answer. It’s leading to an overall mentality that we can do anything we want, anytime we want, irregardless of the law. Such a disrespect for the legal system could only lead to more crime, fuller prisons, more broken homes, more depression, and a nation that can’t hold its head very high.
Whatever problems an individual believes they solve by using illegal drugs can be solved by alternative means – legally. The use isn’t all about the actual drug, anyway. Very often it’s about fitting in, acting out, or covering up. None of which add to one’s character or overall worth.
In order to get the BEST out of life, we have to get the BEST out of ourselves. If you read over the “fast facts” again, the picture should be clear. I’m not judging anyone, nor am I outraged or “disappointed.” I’m sorry if I come across that way. I simply don’t like seeing bright people do things that will push them further from bright and closer to dim and further from lively and closer to dull.
There is no controversy. Only crafty and cunning justifications.
Make each moment worth remembering,