Cause and Effect Essay
Heart attack, cancer, depression, anxiety, impaired memory/coordination, hallucinations, lung infections: all serious side effects of smoking marijuana as well as the potential for our government to make a lot of tax money and limit cartel trade. Regardless, legalizing Marijuana is a hot topic and people all around are discussing what the effects would be from legalizing it. Marijuana would have many effects on the country, in a country with many social issues already, making marijuana legal could just be adding another problem for the government to face. Many teens overlook the health risks of marijuana thus making them oblivious to the many social and physical issues created by the drug. Because marijuana has multiple health side effects, one could see how it would negatively affect society.
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The incoming money could fund drug safety courses, rehab and many other beneficial programs.
According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, the longer subjects smoked marijuana, the worse their memories and attention spans got. The author of the Science of Marijuana, Leslie L Iverson, said that if chronic users of the drug were to try and maintain concentration for long periods of time, they would have a very difficult time. If a large percentage of the American population began to smoke marijuana, many children would lose the authoritarian figure of parents if they see them consuming drugs. It would also be difficult for parents to perform as they are expected too if they have impaired memory. One doctor states that heavy marijuana smoking can harm the reproductive and endocrine systems. These systems are responsible for distributing hormones to the body and creating sperm/egg cells. Heavy users should expect their sperm fertility level to decrease and/or to disturb a woman’s menstrual cycle. As a result, a potential effect would bet that people are struggling to create offspring which in could make the population in the United States to decrease.
Another effect of Marijuana if legalized and taxed, the government could potentially lose money due to the social. In California, alcohol taxes were $368 million compared to $38 billion in social costs. Regulation and control of a substance through legalization could increase the social and economic costs and the pain and misery goes with it. Another effect of legalizing pot would be that more people will begin to smoke marijuana if it is legalized because the drug will be more accessible to the public.
Legalizing the drug has many discussions flowing, and honestly- nobody truly knows how our country would be by legalizing it. But one thing is for sure, legalizing it would have many effects on society.