3 Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed

by birtanpublished on September 2, 2020

All around the world marijuana is being decriminalized or even made legal But is this really a good idea. In the online debate the harmful sites are often downplayed? So let's look at the three most powerful arguments against legalizing marijuana Argument number one: In the last few decades Marijuana has been engineered to become much more potent Today marijuana is so potent that it's actually a strong drug that may cause Psychosis.

The main active ingredient of marijuana is THC and there's strong evidence that THC is related to psychosis regardless of other risk factors Marijuana also contains a substance called CBD that seems to counteract this effect It's even being tested as a treatment against psychosis and anxiety but because it doesn't make you high growers have gradually decreased the amount of CBD in marijuana over the last few decades while increasing THC levels

Sample testing showed that THC levels have risen from around 4% in the 1990s to nearly 12% in 2014 Shifting the ratio of THC to CBD from 1 to 14 in 1995 to about 1 to 80 in 2014 it's unclear how precise those tests were. However Overall recent findings suggest that the more marijuana you consume and the stronger it is the higher your risk of developing psychosis But how high is the risk of psychosis for the general population? a study from britain found that while marijuana use has risen significantly between

1996 and 2005 the number of schizophrenia cases a type of psychosis remained stable the risk of marijuana induced psychosis remains the highest for people who already have a high risk of psychosis to begin with Them, it seems more likely that marijuana speeds up the development of their condition rather than causing it as far as we know right now So the reasoning goes if fewer people have access to marijuana the lower the risk of marijuana and juice psychosis But actually you could argue that precisely because marijuana is illegal

More people will end up with psychosis prohibition makes Illegal drug stronger and more potent because this way you can ship more product in a smaller space and sell it at a greater profit this is what happened during the prohibition of alcohol in the US where hard liquor became the norm and the same is happening with marijuana now Imagine a world where liquor is the only alcohol available

You have the choice of either not drinking at all or getting much drunker than you would like to This is the situation for many marijuana smokers today People didn't stop drinking during Prohibition and the numbers show that laws don't deter people from using marijuana we can't make marijuana go away, but we can make it safer If marijuana were legal. There would be more options for consumers and regulators could for example insist on a high level of CBD Just like most people don't drink an after-work bottle of vodka many people would gladly consume the after-work beer version of marijuana

Argument – marijuana is a gateway drug if it's legalized there will be a spike in the use of much more dangerous drugs a 2015 study found that about 45% of lifelong marijuana users took some other illegal drug at some point Legalizing marijuana could reinforce this trend as more young people. Try legal marijuana. They might end up trying harder drugs But it turns out that the real gateway to drug use comes much earlier cigarettes One study showed that teens who started smoking before the age of 15 were 80%

More likely to use illegal drugs than those who didn't and a 2007 study found that teenagers between 12 and 17 who smoked were three times more likely to binge drink Seven times more likely to have used drugs like heroin or cocaine and were also seven times more likely to resort to marijuana But if that's the case, how could making more drugs legal stop the use of hard drugs? At first it's important to acknowledge that people don't use drugs because they're legal or not If you want to buy any drug, you'll always find someone happy to sell

The real question is why do people develop an unhealthy relationship with drugs at all? Studies show that certain conditions make people especially vulnerable to drugs and addiction a difficult childhood early trauma low social status depression even genetic factors Which drug they get addicted to is more often than not a matter of chance Addicts take drugs to escape their problems, but drugs don't solve any of those problems and instead become a new problem

But punishing people for their unhealthy coping mechanisms doesn't change anything about the underlying causes either So some argue we need to take a completely different route in 2001 Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe. So it was desperate enough to try something radical Possession and use of all the legal drugs was decriminalized He would no longer be arrested instead authorities launched a major health campaign People who were found with a small amount were referred to support services and got help with treatment and harm reduction

Drug use was seen as a chronic disease not a crime the results were stunning the number of people who tried drugs and kept using them fell from 44% to 28% by 2012 The use of hard drugs decreased as well as HIV and hepatitis infections and overdoses Making drugs legal might overall help society much more than it harms it Argument number three

Marijuana is addictive and unhealthy. It needs to remain illegal to keep harm at a minimum While marijuana addiction is more psychological than physical it is still a real problem the demand for treatment for marijuana addiction has more than doubled in the past decade alone in Total about 10 percent of people who try marijuana will become addicted This is also related to higher THC levels a Study released in 2017 tracked the potency of marijuana and Dutch coffee shops over a period of 16 years

For every 1% increase in THC 60 more people enter treatment nationwide in terms of negative health effects Some studies linked marijuana used to increase blood pressure and lung problems while a 2016 study found that marijuana use was Unrelated to physical health problems except for a higher risk of gum disease Some studies showed that marijuana use alters teenagers brains and Decreases their intelligence, but when more recent studies took drinking and smoking into account the results were inconclusive

Overall research shows that taking any drugs while the brain is still in development is bad for you But the truth is we don't know yet how unhealthy marijuana is we need more funding for research? Which is hard to get while marijuana remains illegal We can put what we know into perspective though 16% of people who consume alcohol become alcoholics and 32% of people who try cigarettes become smokers We know for sure alcohol affects your brain destroys your liver and causes cancer while tobacco clogs your arteries

Destroys your lungs and also causes cancer 3.3 million people die from alcohol abuse each year while smoking kills more than 6 million people Nobody is suggesting tobacco and alcohol are harmless just because they're legal also Nobody is seriously proposing to prohibit them even though they are extremely dangerous Legality is a way to exercise some control over them, especially when it comes to protecting young people It's often much harder to buy legal drugs for teenagers than to buy illegal ones

Official sellers can get hefty fines and lose their license if they sell to underage kids Legality creates incentives here that drug dealers can't exploit So making marijuana legal doesn't mean endorsing it it means taking responsibility for the risks it poses It could also open the floodgates to tons of new research that shows us how harmful it really is. And to whom Conclusion Marijuana is a drug and just like any other drug

It has negative consequences for a sizable portion of the people who use it. It is not harmless The best way to protect society from its negative consequences seems to be legalization and regulation Thanks to our partnership with funk this video has already been available on our German channel for two weeks Check it out and subscribe to practice your German skills And if you want to support the creation of videos that take months to research and prepare and get a bunch of cool stuff in Return you can do that on patreon dot com slash kurzgesagt

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