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Should all forms of marijuana be legal

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Started: 12/15/2017 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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In my opinion, the government and subsequently tax payers, are wasting money on arresting, incarcerating and investigating people in possession or selling marijuana. There have been no known or recorded deaths due to smoking weed, but certainly lots of evidence discussing the benefits of the drug.


False, the effects of marijuana are lethal making those arrests quite valuable.

Increased heart rate in the short term.
A chronic cough and frequent respiratory infections
Mental and cognitive issues, including problems with learning and memory, hallucinations, anxiety, panic attacks, and psychosis, especially in youth.
A 2012 study indicated people who smoked marijuana before age 17 were 3.5 times more likely to attempt suicide than those who started smoking marijuana later in life.
Those dependent on marijuana had a higher risk of experiencing major depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Subsequent research published in 2014 indicated daily adolescent users were 18 times more likely to become dependent on marijuana, seven times more likely to attempt suicide and eight times more likely to use other illegal drugs in the future.

Overdose Consequences:
On June 23,16 people in Houston"s Hermann Park overdosed on K2 and were hospitalized.
On July 12, 33 people on a single block in Brooklyn, New York, were suspected of overdosing on K2.
A few weeks after the Brooklyn episode, 20 people in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, were treated for kush overdoses in a two-day period. Kush is unlike heroin, where people overdose and generally die quickly. People on kush wander into traffic, have seizures or strokes not easily traced back to the drug or are left paralyzed and fighting for their lives.
Emily Bauer, a teenage girl in suburban Houston, suffered five strokes related to her 2013 overdose. Doctors said 70% of her brain tissue was dead and she would never recover. However, as of 2016, she was slowly regaining some functioning.
One of the newest banned synthetic pot substances, MDMB-CHMICA is thought to be responsible for 42 overdoses and 29 deaths in Europe.

High while Driving:
Drugged driving caused more than 28% of deaths in 2010, compared to 16% in 1999.
Marijuana was the primary drug responsible for this increase, contributing to 12% of 2010 crashes versus 4% in 1999.
Marijuana was the primary drug responsible for this increase, contributing to 12% of 2010 crashes versus 4% in 1999.
Most tests look for delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance in marijuana, and 11-OH-THC, its active metabolite.
A combined use of alcohol and marijuana dramatically increases a driver's risk of death.
A report by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that the percentage of drivers who were high on pot during fatal accidents in Washington state more than doubled between 2013 and 2014, with 85 deaths involving THC in 2014.
In 2007, 8.6% of weekend nighttime drivers tested positive for THC versus 12.6% of drivers in 2013 to 2014, a 48% increase.
Utah officials said the number of fatal car wrecks in the state in which drivers tested positive for marijuana rose from 11 in 2012 to 38 in 2015, an increase from 6% of crashes to 15%. Analysts said the uptick in marijuana-related crashes may be tied to legalization in nearby states. Concurrently, the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes tested for drugs increased from 42% in 2011 to 62% in 2015.
Legal cannabis linked to 66% rise in traffic deaths in Colorado: Study reveals a surge in fatal motor accidents since the state went green in 2013.
Overdose stories:

In Conclusion:
Making arrests for marijuana are critical for ensuring citizens' safety or else there will be plenty of deaths to come.
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Posted by Debating_Horse 2 years ago
Oh yeah! GOT EM!
Posted by thatoneguywhoruinsstuff 2 years ago

Short-term memory problems
Severe anxiety, including fear that one is being watched or followed (paranoia)
Very strange behavior, seeing, hearing or smelling things that aren"t there, not being able to tell imagination from reality (psychosis)
Loss of sense of personal identity
Lowered reaction time
Increased heart rate (risk of heart attack)
Increased risk of stroke
Problems with coordination (impairing safe driving or playing sports)
Sexual problems (for males)
Up to seven times more likely to contract sexually transmitted infections
than non-users (for females) 22,32 & 33
Decline in IQ (up to 8 points if prolonged use started in adolescent age)
Poor school performance and higher chance of dropping out
Impaired thinking and ability to learn and perform complex tasks
Lower life satisfaction
Addiction (about 9% of adults and 17% of people who started smoking as teens)
Potential development of opiate abuse
Relationship problems, intimate partner violence
Antisocial behavior including stealing money or lying
Financial difficulties
Increased welfare dependence
Greater chances of being unemployed or not getting good jobs.
"Short- & Long-Term Effects of Marijuana - Negative Side Effects of Weed - Drug-Free World." Foundation for a Drug-Free World,
Posted by John_C_1812 2 years ago
No, your mistake is asking for immunity from governing legislation. It is not the position to take. A push for Constitutional separation would be much more appropriate. How might Constitutional liberty be applied to weight best against any social freedom.

The end game must be equal to representation of the General welfare of the people. This is for the people. this is by the people.
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