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Legal Marijuana – Should You Vote Yay or Nay?

Now that marijuana is legal for recreational purposes in two states – Washington and Colorado – people are starting to realize that this crop is going to generate some serious money for the state and the 75 retailers who now have shops where you can buy everything from weed truffles to pre-rolled joints. But legal or not, marijuana still has same effects on individuals. And right now it is vital to look at what they are.

Here’s a list of the short and long-term effects of marijuana, courtesy of Drug Free World:

Short Term Effects

  • Sensory distortion
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Poor coordination of movement
  • Lowered reaction time
  • After an initial “up,” the user feels sleepy or depressed
  • Increased heartbeat (and risk of heart attack)

Long Term Effects

  • Reduced resistance to common illnesses (colds, bronchitis, etc.)
  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Growth disorders
  • Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body
  • Reduction of male sex hormones
  • Rapid destruction of lung fibers and lesions (injuries) to the brain could be permanent
  • Reduced sexual capacity
  • Study difficulties: reduced ability to learn and retain information
  • Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Personality and mood changes
  • Inability to understand things clearly

A lot of people I’ve spoken with who are pro-marijuana use “well, it’s not as dangerous as alcohol and it’s legal” as a reason why marijuana should be legal too.

Sounds to me like a good reason to make alcohol illegal, but not to make pot legal.

Marijuana has also proven to be a gateway drug. Studies show that 12 to 17 year olds who smoke marijuana are 85 times more likely than those who don’t to move onto cocaine. For example. And even though the law in Colorado says you can’t buy it unless you’re 21, you know it’s going to become more available to kids too.

Just like alcohol – it also has its legal ages, but kids much younger than 18 or 21, depending on the state, are getting it.

It’s also like prescription drugs. The young kids might not be getting a prescription for them, but they ARE getting the drugs. Why? Because they’re around. They’re accessible.

Imagine life surrounded by people with the above effects. For other pot smokers, it won’t be a big deal. But for people who are depending on them – everyone from parents, children, spouses and friends to people in the community who are expected to make reasonable and correct choices when they vote someone into political office – what will life be like.

What kind of future will be created for the next generation?

A recent story in the Des Moines register discusses someone who moved to Colorado recently in order to make a legal living growing and selling pot. He had a lot of experience doing it already but not legally.

He has a wife and three young kids so rather than quitting the business so he didn’t risk going to jail he moved the whole family to Colorado. Now he can do his part to negatively affect people’s immune systems and cellular structure, make study and learning difficult, destroy lung and brain cells, put them in a condition of apathy where they have no motivation in life, and all those good things – and make a bunch of money on it.

Shouldn’t that be an illegal way to make a living?

In the same article, the owner of another retail outlet was interviewed. When asked what about people complaining about negative effects she said “Well, that’s kinda their own fault. It’s a matter of personal responsibility. We educate everyone who comes in. That’s their own choice.”

Right. And what about selling something with those side effects?

That’s a matter of choice too. And that what those retailers choose to do with their lives.

If we want a healthy family and a healthy society, we as individuals who are part of that society have to take responsibility for not allowing hard to come to others.

When the vote comes up in your state – which it will – bear this in mind.

And if you’ve already discovered that drugs can ruin lives and you need help, give us a call – Addiction Help Services at 855-889-0555.

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