Marijuana is an addictive, gateway drug. Once people experience one type of high, they often look to get higher than that. This leads to the abuse of other dangerous and harmful drugs such as cocaine and heroine.
A recent poll shows that over 55% of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana. All other drug use that pot "may" lead an individual into is irrelevant. There has not been one confirmed over dose of marijuana nor has there been any deaths through heavy use of the drug. Now more and more states are beginning to realize the medicinal purposes and beginning the legalization process.
55% of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana, doesn't mean that we should legalize it. I'm sure there are individuals out there who favor the legalization of prostitution and other deviant behaviors but that doesn't make it okay. Drug abuse stemming from the use of marijuana is VERY relevant. Yale conducted a study which showed that marijuana, cigarettes & alcohol showed an increased likelihood of prescription drug abuse. Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2010.
people get addicted to prescription pain killers without ever taking a puff of marijuana. People (i.e. doctors) are getting people addicted, not marijuana. Rather than prescribe someone a pain killer for the pain, marijuana should be prescribed especially with all of the medicinal purposes it has now been recognized to have. Marijuana has very mild (if any) side effects and has no record of physical or mental addiction, highly unlike prescription pain killers which are far more dangerous.
Marijuana has a significant amount of side effects that people do not take seriously. Use of marijuana can cause dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, dry or red eyes, heart & blood pressure problems, lung problems, impaired mental functioning, headache, dizziness, numbness, panic reactions, hallucinations, flashbacks, depression, & sexual problems. Therefore, its just as dangerous as many other drugs. Not only to the individual using them, but others as well especially when doing things like driving.
Actually it is not as dangerous as any other drug because it has no signs of physical or mental addiction nor has it been 100% proved to be the cause of harder drug use. No deaths, suicides or over doses have been confirmed by any such marijuana user nor has it been shown to impair judgement. Smoking cigarettes kills millions a year and drunk driving kills even more. The number of people killed behind the wheel under the influence of marijuana: 0.
Nothing is ever 100% proved, however, studies do show that marijuana does lead to people wanting to try harder drugs. Also, marijuana does impair peoples' judgement. Both of which I stated earlier. Realistically, anything that can impair an individuals judgment is DANGEROUS. Some individuals get violent and others become neglectful to their responsibilities when under the influence of drugs. (Example: their children)
No one gets violent on marijuana, if anything they become more relaxed. Ask an alcoholic about their temper under the influence they'll tell you there a total different person when they drink. Ask a marijuana user about their temper on marijuana and they'll tell you they never felt more relaxed. People who smoke marijuana are able to perform daily tasks normally and efficently, alcoholic and other drug abusers have no tolerance for reality.
Different drugs have different effects on individuals. While some may feel relaxed, others may not. You cannot judge because you are not "everybody"; you're only a small part. Legalizing marijuana would cause so much change & uproar, especially by people who have been arrested & convicted on charges related to marijuana. It's too much trouble. It should remain illegal.
All the unnecessary arrests is the exact reason why it should be legalized. Jails are overcrowded and court systems are unable to adequately run properly due to all the petty marijuana offenses. The criminal justice system has more serious crimes to worry about than someone who got busted for having marijuana in their possession. Legalizing marijuana will also improve the economy greatly by allowing taxation on the sale of it.