The Effects of Legalizing Drugs

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Tobacco is the number one preventable killer in America with alcohol at number two (Preventable Causes of Death). And if drug-related crime and deaths were not enough for society, Marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington--which has already created new substance-related problems. Just the fact of legalizing it confuses teens into thinking that it’s not risky anymore, thus promoting adolescent use. Legal or not, the addictive nature of pot has always been the most influential gateway substance to either alcohol, tobacco, or hard drugs. This means that Marijuana is almost always linked to substance-induced destruction whether it’s directly or indirectly, legal or illegal, self-destructive or destructive to others. Therefore, the recreational use of Marijuana should be illegal because of its influence over adolescents, its link to harder drugs, and its destructive effects on both the user as well as the rest of society. Legalizing Drugs has already promoted more use, especially among adolescents. A study in 2010 showed that nearly one in sixteen high school seniors used pot daily or almost every day, and that was four years ago (Katel). This number of pot-dependents have been in increasing due to the fact that fewer than half of these same seniors in 2010 saw pot as a big risk. Andrea G. Barthwell MD, a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) member argues that it is a big risk, saying that “Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used by adolescents in the U.S.” and that a “third of those who try it more than once will use it regularly”. She also goes on to say that “Marijuana is a drug of dependence, and the earlier a youngster tries it, the greater the risk”. Kids do what their elders say. ... ... middle of paper ... ... Researcher Online. CQ Press, 15 June 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. Police Allow Thousands of '4/20' Pot Protesters to Light." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. . "Premature Claims of a Cannabis Addiction 'Cure'" NHS Choices- Your Health, Your Choices. 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. "Preventable Causes of Death."Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Feb. 2014. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. Stimson, Charles. "Legalizing Marijuana: Why Citizens Should Just Say No." The Heritage Foundation. 13 Sept. 2010. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.
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