How Does Marijuana Affect Teens

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Marijuana & Teens Easy accessibility has made smoking marijuana popular among teens. Some parents may disagree that marijuana is easy for teens to gain access to, but “the frequency of teens smoking marijuana has increased to 80 percent” (CBS News Staff, 2012). This percentage rate makes it much more believable that teens are gaining access to marijuana at an alarming rate. Many teens develop interest in smoking marijuana from either imitating the behavior of their parents, peer pressure, or feeling the need to fit in with others. The recent legalization of marijuana in some states makes accessing marijuana much easier for teens. The excitement by many over the recent legalization of marijuana detracts from the facts about marijuana being…show more content…
Imitating the actions of parents is one of the ways that teens learn about smoking marijuana. “Easier access to marijuana provided by the new state law allowing the drug for medical treatment may be a factor in teens smoking more marijuana” (Reuters, 2013). Parent's that have a prescription for medical marijuana may smoke around their home, telling their children it is for medical use failing to recognize their child's peers use the drug for recreational purposes. By knowing their parents smoke marijuana and witnessing their peers do the same thing with no immediate adverse affects, teens are more apt to experiment with the drug. Marijuana use has many dangerous side effects even after one has stopped using the drug. According to McGuinness (2009), “Mood and cognitive effects of marijuana include exacerbation of depression and anxiety (including panic attacks), as well as memory problems that may persist for a month after last use” (p. 19). The facts surrounding the negative impact of smoking marijuana should be enough for anyone to not smoke the drug. Unfortunately people ignore the warnings about the negative impact mariujana has on the body. The warnings about marijuana use are most likely ignored because people, especially teens have not personally witnessed anyone suffer from the affects of marijuana addiction. Even knowing how marijuana impairs your…show more content…
More watchful parents and closely monitoring a child's friends will lessen or eliminate the ease of accessibility to not only marijuana, but other drugs as well. As a society, we have failed our youth in many areas of life. Youth need positive role models that are concerned about protecting them from harm and leading them in the right direction to go on a lead productive, drug-free lives despite any changes made to the laws. Being that age restrictions are put on everything else, there should be legal age restrictions for people who can legally purchase marijuana. People who can legally purchase marijuana should not be allowed to be around anyone under the age of 21 while the are under the influence or have marijuana in their possession. Putting a law like this into affect will either cause a drastic decrease in the amount of teens that smoke marijuana or eliminate the ease of accessibility. Most people, especially those that are addicted to drugs do not want to go through complications when buying or using the drug. Age restrictions on whom they can be around while intoxicated or in possession of drugs will lead to a decreased percentage of teens using marijuana because many of them will lose their
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