Legalization of marijuana debated

To all you knuckleheads supporting the legalization of marijuana: Just because other drugs are legal doesn’t mean we should add more drugs to the party, pushing the state’s drug addiction problem on a more rapid downward spiral that it is on now.

Most of us have either seen or know someone who has smoked or even smoked marijuana ourselves, usually in a recreational setting. What else is common about the drug, locally and statewide, is its illegal status. But this has not discouraged some people from partaking of the drug and the consequences for this legal disregard is socially and economically catastrophic.

All this recent talk helped form my opinion that marijuana should not be legalized, doing so will lead to increased addiction, social evils like crime and additional burdens to our already burdened health care system through treatment of addiction and drug-induced accidents.

Though some say that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol and should be legalized, does that mean we should push our state further down the downward spiral it is in? No.

The legalization of marijuana will make it more accessible to the public (outside of the individuals who need it for medicinal purposes), almost encouraging those who were too afraid to use it illegally, to try it. Making it legal will be the same as saying, it’s OK to smoke pot.

Side effects of the drug will be taken less seriously and the statistics of statewide addiction will rise. Looking at the negative side effects that other legalized addictive substances have had on West Virginia families as well as to the lives of the individual, one should understand that allowing another addictive substance to be legalized will be unwise.

Though it is a person’s own personal choice to choose to take a drug, it will not only affect the individual but also others around him.

We will have a higher unemployment rate. Who wants to hire an unmotivated sluggard who is that way due to the psychological and physical side effects of a drug? So, no. Marijuana and substances of suit should not be legalized.

There are those who say marijuana is a helpful medicine. They also say it makes you calm down and feel good. They also say that it isn’t as dangerous or harmful as alcohol and other drugs. and we need the tax revenue.

Those are some reasons to legalize marijuana. But are they right? No they are not. Marijuana should stay illegal in West Virginia because if it is legalized, more people will smoke it, causing negative effects on health and families.

Once marijuana is legalized then we have the issues of how we control the criminals. I believe that it will just create more issues for law enforcement. They will have to decide who has it legally and who doesn’t. This takes time for law enforcement, when they need that time to investigate real crimes.

There are plenty of legal drugs that people can use to control their pain. Use of addictive substances like marijuana should not be legalized because their consumption by our youth poses a threat to society. If our elected government officials decide to legalize marijuana people will want more after they get bored of it. It will lead to the legalization of even more drugs that will cause more harm.

Why take the risk of legalizing marijuana? Increased drug use, negative health effects and negative effects on families are all the outcomes of legalizing marijuana. So think about this: Will it put a negative effect on your family? Will it increase drug use by people? Will it effect teens and their ability to learn? Will it increase your risk of cancer? Yes, it will.

Robert Ware

French Creek

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