Adverse Impacts of Legalizing Marijuana
One of the major problems of many countries across the globe either developed or developing countries is the growing industry of illegal drugs. Various peace and security problems are oftentimes associated to the abuse usage of drugs not to mentioned the fact that around 10,000 studies had already conducted and concluded that marijuana is a harmful addictive drug and there is no reliable study that can proves the medical value of marijuana in the medical field (Ruschmann 78). Yet, allot of medical specialists nowadays are clamoring for the legalization of drugs in the medical field due to its significance based from their researches that it is more effective than the drugs that it will replace. Furthermore, significant number of politicians supports the legalization of marijuana for the benefit of the government since they can impose marijuana medical drugs a tax. Due to this pressing issue on the legalization of the use of marijuana, this paper will present the potential adverse impacts and results if the use of marijuana will be legalized by the federal government.
Those people supporting the legalization of marijuana continuously stressing out the importance of marijuana in the medical field; that it can be used to assist people with cancer, AIDS and Glaucoma and its smoking crude can pose as a medicine to various syndromes. Furthermore, medical specialists also point out that marijuana provides less toxic compared to the drugs that it will replaces. Having a less toxic medicine prevents the occurrence of unwanted results and negative side effects to the patient. In addition to this, marijuana, as they say, is relatively cheaper compared to the drugs that it will replace in the market once the use of marijuana is legalized. Due to this claimed effect of the use of marijuana to provide cheaper medicine in the market, it could also trigger the deflation of various drugs in the market that later on improve consumer’s welfare.
Despite of the benefits and gains those scientists from the medical field, I still firmly believe that the use of marijuana must and should not be legalized by the federal government. First point, regarding the claim that marijuana can be use to assists people with AIDS, cancer and glaucoma, researches conducted by the federal government indicates that the use of marijuana as a medicine damages the immune system causing AIDS strains to further develop. In addition to this, the progress of HIV positive marijuana smokers to AIDS is twice as fast as non-smokers and could also trigger the incidence of acquiring bacterial pneumonia. Marijuana also contains many cancer causing agents based from the studies conducted by U.S. Public Health Service together with Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration (“The Medical Myths of Marijuana” 3). Moreover, marijuana does not prevent blindness caused by glaucoma. The said above agencies also said that marijuana releases harmful toxins, contrary to the claim of those people supporting the legalization of marijuana. I also do not think that social welfare will improve with the legalization of marijuana even if it can trigger the prices of some medical drugs in the market to decrease since those people addictive to marijuana will now have a leeway to use marijuana extensively resulting to worsening of peace and order situation in the country.
At the end of the day, it is therefore clear based from the above presented arguments that the legalization of marijuana will only cause more instability on the peace and order situation of the country and provides unpredictable medical results due to its high toxins and negative side effects to the patient. The only party that will gain higher benefits if the use of marijuana is legalized would be the government since they can generate more income by imposing a tax to marijuana medical drugs. Therefore, I suggest that marijuana must and should not be legalized for it only deteriorates social welfare.
Ruschmann, Paul. “Legalizing Marijuana.” Chelsea House Publishers. 2004.
“The Medical Myths of Marijuana,” 2008. U.S. Department of Justice.