MARIJUANA Adamaris Cruz, Ashlie Kemer, luis maRtinez, gavin markoViC

PROS OF MEDICAL. Treats migraines. Prevents Alzheimer's Slows tumor growth Helps those with ADD and ADHD Calms those with OCD Marijuana is effective at relieving nausea and vomiting, especially caused by chemotherapy used to treat cancer. Marijuana can help treat appetite loss associated with HIV/AIDS and certain types of cancers. Marijuana can relieve the spasticity of the muscles that is sometimes associated with multiple sclerosis and paralysis.
CONS OF MEDICAL FDA, SAMHSA and NIDA, concluded that no sound scientific studies supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use "There really is no such thing as medical marijuana... The dangers and risks of marijuana use are well-known by the scientific community, even if they are downplayed by corporate interests wishing to get rich off of legalization. Marijuana has known medical, psychological, and cognitive side effects. Marijuana alters brain development, with detrimental effects on brain structure and function, in ways that are incompletely understood.
EFFECTS OF MARIJUANAMarijuana is one of the most frequently abused psychoactive drugs. It's main ingredient changes the way information reaches and is acted upon by the brain. Side effects of marijuana use include: Distorted perceptions-sights, sounds, time, and touch Difficulties with thinking and problem solving Loss of motor coordination Feelings of anxiety or paranoia. Frequent use of marijuana may permanently affect the brain. Users may damage their short-term memory and lose the motivation to perform at school or work. Smoking marijuana also increases the risk of certain cancers.
RECREATIONAL USE PROS Boost in revenue: people believe that the legalization of weed could be revenue generator in the form of new taxes applied to its sale and distribution. More effective criminal justice: Legalization advocates claim that the move will provide police officers more money and time to go after criminals committing other crimes, such as violence. Safety controls: When a person buys weed off the street, there is no way he would exactly know what dangerous substances are cut into it. On the other hand, current legalization efforts create a framework for a safety control system, which will work to get rid of the risk coming from smoking marijuana. 4)Wider access to medical use more people will be free to use the drug for its believed health benefits.
RECREATIONAL CONS People can start growing it, start distributing large amounts of it and it can get to teens and children. There will be an Increase in Stoned Driving and Related Cases Danger of Secondhand Smoke to Bystanders. A larger Risk of Getting Heart Disease and Poor mental health. As well it's considered the Gateway drug
MARIJUANA AND DRIVING Because marijuana can act as a depressant, users often feel sleepy or drowsy. Marijuana use can also make it difficult to judge distances and react quickly to signals and sounds on the road. Driving a car is extremely dangerous when under the influence of marijuana.
THE GATEWAY DRUG Marijuana is often a gateway to using other “harder” drugs, such as cocaine. As marijuana users build up tolerance, they may seek out other drugs to experience the “high” they first got from marijuana. Studies show that almost all young people who use other illegal drugs first used marijuana. Marijuana use is positively correlated with alcohol use and cigarette use, as well as illegal drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. This does not mean that everyone who uses marijuana will transition to using heroin or other drugs, but it does mean that people who use marijuana also consume more, not less, legal and illegal drugs than do people who do not use marijuana.

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