Is Marijuana Dangerous And Addictive? Essay

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Is Marijuana Dangerous and Addictive? By Thomas Paine 2nd independentrealist.weebly.com It has become almost fashionable to advocate for the legalization of marijuana these days, and in the forefront of the legalization movement is the “Medical Marijuana” movement. Even billionaire George Soros is pushing for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. In examining the issue of “medical marijuana”, I find there are three questions that come to the forefront of my mind that need logical answering before I can formulate any decision regarding this issue. First, does marijuana use create a “high”? Does a person get high from using marijuana? The answer is, of course, yes. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the major psychoactive drug found in marijuana) causes the user to experience feelings of euphoria, calmness, pain reduction, etc. IT IS a psychoactive drug. So, to say that a person using marijuana (whether for recreation or medicinal purposes) does not get high (as some adherents claim) is clearly not true. Second, can a person who is in recovery (or “recovered”) for an addiction to a drug other than marijuana (i.e.: cocaine, meth, heroin, or what-have-you), still use marijuana and be considered “clean and sober” because they have not used the drug they are in recovery for? The answer to this is, no. If a person is in recovery for cocaine, but still continues to use marijuana or alcohol, or any other drug then they are still “getting high” and they are not clean and sober. You don’t have to take my word for it, please feel free to call and ask alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous, or any other addiction recovery program. They will tell you the same thing. Therefore, the smoking of marijuana for medicinal purposes, while at the same time in recovery due to addiction to another drug, negates any medicinal benefits of marijuana, and the marijuana

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