The Legalization of Marijuana

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The November election saw the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. I have had several exchanges with readers regarding the legalization of marijuana. Many assume because I worked for 10 years as an alcohol and drug counselor I would be against it. If you have read this blog, you know that’s not true. I have no opinion either way.

There does seem to be some medical benefits to marijuana especially for cancer patients. The evidence that marijuana is a gateway drug is tenuous at best. If I had to pick a gateway drug it would be alcohol. I am also uncomfortable with putting people who are in possession of small amounts of marijuana in jail.

It also appears that as of yet there is no connection between marijuana use and cancer. Although the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws(NORML) and others have been disingenuous regarding this point. They took research from an expert, Dr. Tashkin, who has not been able to find a link between marijuana smoke and cancer and failed to mention that he is absolutely positive he will find one.

Still, some of the old myths about marijuana seem to be crumbling. As I said before I have no opinion on the legality of marijuana. Go ahead and blaze away. My job as a Social Worker is to educate, so if you smoke marijuana know that these negative effects can happen.

  • Your heart rate rises by 20 to 30 beats per minute while your blood pressure lowers.
  • Marijuana can cause the same respiratory issues as smoking cigarettes.
  • It can cause delusions, memory loss, and disorientation.
  • Marijuana impairs the body’s immune system.
  • But the major problem with marijuana is its effect on the brain. The THC sits in the receptor sites for cannabis and makes it difficult for the cells to transmit information. Even when a chronic smoker is no longer high. Thus, they get a psychological condition called “amotivational behavior.” A fancy way to say they don’t do shit.

    I’ve never met a pot smoker who stopped smoking because of the legal ramifications anyway. So, smoke ’em if you got ’em, just be aware there can be serious consequences because of your use and consider moving to Colorado or Washington.