A respond to for legalization of recreational marijuana

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Please respond to the rebuttal to my original post to legalize marijuana. It should be 200 -350 words.

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Rosa’s post For Recreational Marijuana Legalization Debate: For Legalization Introduction The classification of marijuana as a schedule II drug makes it a criminal offense to produce, supply, or use it except where permitted by the law. The access to marijuana in America has been made easier through steps such as legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use and the decriminalization of its production and use. Recreational marijuana is legalized for people 21 years of age and above in a handful of countries across the globe such as Canada and Uruguay as well as in various America states such as Washington, Alaska, and Ontario. Debates stemming from recreational marijuana legalization are based on the benefits of the move as well as its public health effects. Arguments Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs globally for non-medical purposes, with an estimated 181.8 million consumers between the ages of 16 and 60 (Bennett & Walsh, 2014). It is, therefore, evident that with stringent laws put in place, the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes will open up a large market that could be explored for economic benefits such as jobs and taxes. It would allow free access of marijuana to users, pushing the demand for the drug up. The effect would be an increase in the production and supply of the drug to match this demand, creating numerous jobs for licensed businesses and individuals that would also become a source of tax revenue for the government. The huge number of imprisonments for minor drug offenses across the globe is clear evidence of the failed war on drugs. Marijuana accounts for the largest percentage of minor drug offenses in the U.S., which has seen millions of American citizens spend time in prison. It is a cost to the human capital of the country and eventually leads to loss of taxes. Many people are spending time in jail for minor marijuana-related offenses instead of working. Legalizing marijuana is also a good way to minimize the drug’s social impact on families. Families are broken when one or both parents are locked up in prison, leaving children to look after themselves. Some end up on the streets while others fall into active crime. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, law enforcement has been accused of being racially biased when enforcing marijuana prohibition. Legalizing the drug creates a safe, legal, and well-regulated system for people over 21 to access and use the drug. This will promote balanced enforcement, reducing cases of racial bias. It will also help control the quality of marijuana, increasing consumer safety. Testing of the drug has become a common trend in legalized states to ensure consumers get a quality product. Effects The legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes has resulted in a huge increase in commercially available marijuana, though it has also seen a decrease in treatment admissions (Maxwell & Mendelson, 2016). Numerous studies have repeatedly shown that acute marijuana use poses psychological and physical health hazards to the user. Legalization of recreational marijuana will allow the user to use the drug anywhere, either in public or private places. The drug is mostly consumed through combustion, and smoke exposure for non-marijuana users poses second-hand intoxication, which leads to health complications in the long run (Hall & Weier, 2015). Legislation to limit public use of marijuana has been established, such as Smoke-free Ontario, but it seems ineffective in minimizing public health risks. Risks stemming from the acute toxicity of marijuana may be uncommon, but the drug is known to cause a short-term effect on the user, similar to that observed in alcohol users. Alcohol and marijuana cause psychomotor impairment, which could be dangerous for drivers driving under their influence. Countries that have legalized marijuana either for medical or recreational use have reported an increase in cannabis-related accidents. Most of the health risks associated with marijuana use arise from its longterm use. It's believed that a great percentage of regular marijuana users are highly likely to also use other illicit drugs like alcohol and tobacco. The combination of these drugs, especially marijuana and tobacco, causes an addictive effect, which accelerates the need to consume them (Akhigbe et al., n.d.). Conclusion Much of the debate about legalizing marijuana for recreational use is wedged between arguments about the effects of the drug. It is clear that legalizing the drug presents both an economic advantage and positive criminal justice consequences for society. However, we cannot ignore the adverse health effects associated with the drug to users and also non-users. This is a debate that should be approached with great care, and both sides of the argument should be carefully evaluated before recreational marijuana legalization is considered. References: Bennet, W., & Walsh, J. (2014). Marijuana legalization is an opportunity to modernize international drug treaties. Center for Effective Public Management. Brookings, Washington. Maxwell, J. C., & Mendelson, B. (2016). What do we know about the impact of laws related to marijuana? Journal of Addiction Medicine,10(1). pp. 3-12. Akhigbe, J., Ebbadi, V, Huynh, K., Leckie, J., Major, M., Robinson, C., Suarly, M., & Wasserstein, D. (n.d.).The Public Health Implications of the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis. Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA). Elizabeth Schnell 1 posts Re:Re:Recreational Marijuana Legalization Debate: For Legalization REBUTTAL: Rosa, It is true that marijuana causes acute psychological and physical health issues to the participant, however, there is more data coming into light that suggests long term use of marijuana can cause cognitive deficits. These cognitive deficits can impair the user’s memory, their ability to comprehend material, and ultimately impact their life goals. The acute side effects such as euphoria, anxiousness, and a sense of relaxation are not worth the long-term effects that marijuana can impose on an individual. The Royal College of Psychiatrists (2017) state that if an individual starts smoking marijuana at the age of fifteen, their chance of getting a psychotic illness can become above average (p. 1). Legalizing marijuana seems like the easy way out in regard to unlawful arrests and incarcerations on minor drug problems. However, it will become more difficult to put laws in place and discern what is appropriate. For example, what would be an acceptable amount of marijuana to smoke before driving and how are police going to test for it if they get pulled over? Legalizing marijuana seems like an answer to several problems, but it also unveils a lot of new problems that will have to be dealt with as well. Royal College of Psychiatrists. (2017). Cannabis and mental health. Retrieved from https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/problems/alcoholanddrugs/cannabisandmentalhealth.as px My response: ...
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