Medical Marijuana Essay

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Abbey Weber Mr. Allard American Cit-B1 February 29, 2012 Banning Marijuana The use of marijuana in this country is widespread. However, this does NOT mean that it should be legal. First of all, marijuana is a gateway drug, it leads to criminal activity and the drug affects physical health. Just because many people smoke “pot,” does not in any way, mean that it should be legalized. A major reason why marijuana should be banned in the country is the medical problems that it causes people. A study of 450 individuals found that people who smoke marijuana frequently have more health problems and miss more days of work than nonsmokers do (National Institute). This could result in a loss of a job, and bad records for your next job. Cancer of the respiratory tract and lungs may also be prompted by marijuana smoke (National Institute). A study of 173 cancer patients and 176 health individuals produced strong evidence that smoking marijuana increases the likelihood of developing cancer of the head or neck, and the more marijuana smoked, the greater increase (National Institute). A statistical analysis of the data suggested that marijuana smoking doubled or tripled the risk of these cancers. Another study showed that a person's risk of heart attack during the first hour after smoking marijuana is four times his or her usual risk (National Institute). The researchers suggest that a heart attack might occur, in part, because marijuana raises blood pressure and heart rate and reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood (National Institute). Although health is very important to people, so is the effect of marijuana on local communities. In october 2009, the Obama administration ordered federal prosecutors to cease prosecuting medical marijuana patients in the legalized states (Croke). Montana, one of fourteen states and the District of Columbia to have legalized medical

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