High Arizina Essay

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Marijuana, also known as weed, has been popular in the United States for many years and people have been smoking marijuana illegally until recently with it becoming more and more legal. It’s ironic once our country starts going downhill we try to do everything possible to make it get better, even if it includes making drugs legal. Sure it has probably increased revenue in the states it is already legal in, but what has it done to the community and its people. Allowing marijuana to be recreational is causing today’s society to become less functional and more dangerous in different ways than we even know.
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S. they spray it with potentially harmful chemicals.
Many people think that marijuana is safer than alcohol or tobacco when really it’s just as harmful, if not more. Some of the immediate effects of smoking weed include rapid heartbeat, disorientation, and lack of physical coordination. Some people often get depressed or sleepy when coming off of it; some people even suffer panic attacks or anxiety. Marijuana smoke contains 50% to 70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco smoke. People may argue they can function just fine on weed or they don’t lose focus. The truth is they aren’t realizing that they really can’t focus. Some people would say they are more capable of driving when they are high more than when they are drunk when really they are not. No matter how long you have been smoking or using marijuana it will always affect your mental status and physical ability to react to certain things. “If passed, this initiative will place an even greater number of immature young adults behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after legally consuming a substance that impairs their judgment and motor skills (Pedia).”
Arizona is trying to pass recreational marijuana smoking and get it to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. The initiative needs 259,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014. Sanchez states, “The intent of the initiative is to legalize marijuana in Arizona and to treat it as we treat alcohol (Sanchez).” It would make no sense to treat this like alcohol or make it even worse than alcohol like Tucson Police Chief talks about in The Arizona Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Amendment “a particularly troubling aspect of this initiative is that it sets the acceptable age for use of marijuana to 18 (voting age) which is even less restrictive than the regulations concerning alcohol, which prohibits its use until 21 (Pedia).”
Arizona needs to speak up and recognize what can potentially happen to our state. We need to start awareness groups or campaigns as soon as possible. The word about marijuana needs to be spread faster and faster. Start by campaigning in our local city and then spread out from there once we notice a difference is being made. Getting family members involved and informed on what they may not already know. Doing presentations on how the body reacts to weed and how it has a...

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