Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Jenna Sakhleh - Teen Aspect - June 10th, 2022
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Marijuana is the most used psychoactive drug for medical or recreational purposes. In upcoming years, reform may come about as younger generations continue to develop their widespread acceptance of the drug. However, through greater acceptance amongst society, due to economic and political division, some question the purpose of legalizing Marijuana for medical and recreational use, as well as the consequences that could face the nation.

Currently, thirty-seven states have legalized medical Marijuana, while the remaining have withheld their residents from the possible benefits by criminalizing the drug. In states such as Kansas, Idaho, and Nebraska, cannabis consumption is prohibited entirely (NCSL). As a result, the aforementioned states encounter high crime rates and lack benefits enabled by the legalization of Marijuana.

Uses of Medical Marijuana

The National Conference of State Legislature claims the medical use of Marijuana, also known as Cannabis, provides relief in moments of nausea, pain, and vomiting. Furthermore, the physiological effects of the use of Marijuana consist of alleviating mental health issues like anxiety by providing a euphoric feeling. Moreover, Marijuana in a series of medical cases conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Marijuana has been shown to reduce and relieve symptoms of diagnoses such as cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Opposing Views

Looking at the downfalls, such drugs as Marijuana plays an essential factor in teenagers’ lives. Addiction is not uncommon and continues to spread among young teenagers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes a consistent pattern in adults that once Marijuana is used in adolescent years, it continues throughout one’s lifetime.

The abuse of Marijuana presents a greater risk amongst teenagers. These specific risks of Marijuana include a reduction in IQ, an extension of mental illnesses, and limitations of athletic capabilities. These effects stem from the addiction and abuse of Marijuana, seen most commonly among teenagers and young adults. However, despite these effects, it is essential to consider both sides in questioning legalizing recreational Marijuana globally.

Regarding benefits, legalizing the use of Marijuana provides significant health benefits, reduces crime rights, and benefits the economy.

Economically speaking, the benefits of Marijuana produce a more significant scope into a new workforce and education system for both children and health care workers. Cannabis, being one of the fastest-growing sectors, demands high employment creating mass production. Revenue in the United States increased, benefitting various industries such as food, banking, and tourism. Millions of dollars are made by consumption via consumers. The use of Marijuana provides more significant tax revenue than alcohol, hence providing greater support to public services such as Medicare and Social Security.

Studies show after the legalization of Marijuana, records of teenage use of Marijuana decreased. Research shows that due to the reformation of the legal use of Marijuana, tendencies of teenage Marijuana use decreased as well. The reduction in teenage usage coincides with the decrease in the crime rate overall. After the legalization of medical Marijuana, major crime in nearby jurisdictions reduced substantially (Jaeger, 2021). In addition, Federal Marijuana trafficking cases, Marijuana seizures, and smuggling have decreased, suggesting the effects of legalizing Marijuana benefit both the economy and societal issues. Economic issues such as unemployment rates and societal issues such as crime are just portions of what the legalization of Marijuana can potentially decrease if legalized globally. Overall, the benefits provide substantial uses for the world.


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