It’s 2014 and legalizing marijuana is a trending topic for the state of Oregon. There are numerous ways legalizing marijuana could benefit the public; however, legalizing the use of marijuana could also be very harmful and result in many problems. Is it smarter to make money or to make sure the people are healthy? The use of marijuana should not be legalized in Oregon because it has many harmful effects on the human body, it isn’t working well in other states that have legalized marijuana, and it would end up costing the state of Oregon money.
Most people who have used marijuana say that it is a harmless drug and that it does nothing to the human body. Some also say that it is just a myth that it can harm someone (White 2). These people are blinded by a drug that is just as harmful if not more harmful than tobacco products. Marijuana smoke is said to contain 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. One major research study reported that a single cannabis joint could cause as much damage to the lungs as up to five regular cigarettes smoked, one after another. Is this really harmless? Marijuana does not just effect the body physically, but it can also affect someone’s mental capacity. This is backed up by research on the long-term effects of marijuana, which indicates changes in the brain similar to those caused by long-term abuse of other major drugs. Some short term effects from smoking marijuana are sensory distortion, panic attacks, anxiety, poor coordination of movement, lowered reaction time, and after an initial “up,” the user feels
sleepy or depressed increased heartbeat (and risk of heart attack) (The Harmful Effects). There is no reason the state of Oregon should endanger people in their communities.
Colorado and Washington have already legalized recreational use of marijuana and it has not gone as well as planned. Many children have gained access to marijuana and have gotten sick from the consumption of it. “We have treated 14 kids over the past two years,” said Dr. George Wang, a toxicologist at Childrens` Hospital of Colorado. “We worry when we see these kids,” Wang said. “They are so sedated they are not breathing adequately or getting enough oxygen in their body because they are so sleepy.”(Schankman). This could be a huge problem in Oregon if marijuana was legalized. It seems like it would be safer to retain the current...