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Replying to:  legalize marijuania YES or NO? by weaselbitmypancake   Aug 7, 2005, 7:13 PM

WRONG

by Thales    Oct 4, 2008, 1:14 PM

Marijuana is not a miracle substance without addictive properties or negative effects.

Long term marijuana users who attempt to quit report irritability, sleeplessness, decrease in appetite, anxiety and even depression. Several studies have shown that habitual marijuana usage increases your risk of depression, certain anxiety disorders, high doses of marijuana can exacerbate existing psychological issues and cause acute psychotic reactions.

Smoking marijuana also increases your risk of a heart attack as it produces higher blood-pressure and heart rate and decreases your blood's oxygenating capabilities. Marijuana smoke contains 50%-70% carcinogens than tobacco smoke, and given that your average pot smoker holds the smoke in their lungs for longer periods also increases the exposure to these carcinogens.

If you want to espouse the medical virtues of legalizing marijuana you should note that smoking pot is not the best way of introducing the curative and therapeutic properties of marijuana to the body. It should also be noted that THC suppresses your immune system and can cause higher occurrences of bacterial infections.

Quite a few of the points in the argument for legalizing marijuana are essentially straw-man arguments. The fact that alcohol and tobacco are legal is irrelevant to marijuana being legal. Admittedly both can be just as hazardous to one's health and well being, but it is a poor argument point to say marijuana should be legalized because there are far more deadly and destructive items that are legal.

-fin
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