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Should marijuana be legalized for recrea­tional use? This is a question on the minds of many people these days. Voters have gone to the polls and, in a few states, are telling their govern­ments that they want legal pot. Attitudes toward this mind-a­ltering substance are changing and many people don’t believe it is harmful enough to be illegal.

This attitude is dangerous, though. Marijuana is a drug that changes brain chemistry, alters mood, causes side effects and leads to addiction in at least a tenth of users. There are too many reasons for keeping this drug illegal.

Marijuana Is Bad For Health

There is a lot of evidence that some of the compounds in the cannabis plant, which is where marijuana comes from, can help people with certain illnesses. But for healthy people, using marijuana causes a number of bad side effects and negative health conseq­uences.

Short term marijuana effects

Sleepiness and depres­sion, an increased heart rate (which can cause a heart attack, anxiety and panic), and delayed reaction times

Long term marijuana effects

Over the long-term the drug suppresses the immune system, causes growth disorders, lack of motivation and lung damage, changes mood and person­ality and lowers libido.

Marijuana Is Addictive

One of the greatest miscon­cep­tions about this drug, and an important argument against legali­zation of marijuana is addiction. While not nearly as addictive as drugs like heroin or crack, marijuana is habit-­forming and causes addiction in one out of nine users. Many people seeking profes­sional treatment for addiction are hooked on marijuana. The problem is partic­ularly real for young people. Addiction to marijuana is most likely to develop in users who started smoking as teenagers.

Cons of Marijuana

Marijuana Causes Accidents

Most people who use marijuana like the relaxing sensation that it imparts. The drug makes you feel drowsy, happy, relaxed and comfor­table. The downside to these effects is the risk of having accidents.

Marijuana messes with your coordi­nation, reaction times and inhibi­tions. While high on pot, people make bad choices and have accidents that could have been prevented. If marijuana is legal, innocent people will become the victims of these accidents. Drinking and driving accidents already kill many people every day. Driving while high on pot will only add to the problem.

Marijuana Harms Young People

Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of marijuana. They are more likely to become addicted to it. They are also at a greater risk of lasting mental damage from marijuana. Brains of teenagers are still develo­ping, and using mind-a­ltering substances can hamper that develo­pment. Teens using marijuana regularly experience lasting cognitive defects and memory deficits.

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