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Brittney Wilhelm
RE: 4/12 Discussion
Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:03pm
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For my issue paper I have chosen the topic of the legalization of marijuana. I do not know a lot about the topic but it is an interesting debate that I am looking forward to researching more about. Currently the legalization of marijuana is a hot topic in the United States. There are many reasons why people are for it and against it and overall the two opposing sides are just that, for or against the legalization of marijuana. There are social, political and health upsides and downsides for both viewpoints. My topic impacts everyone because if marijuana is legalized the American economy and medical fields will be drastically affected.
The health aspects of legalizing marijuana are just as abundant and the disadvantages. Some of the pros are that marijuana is used to enhance the appetite of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, itís shown to be beneficial in relieving the uneasy feeling of nausea and itís been successful in the treatment of neurogenic pain. Also, it can help relieve the chronic pain and suffering of people with incurable diseases like cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis. On the other hand short term effects such as distorted perception, problems with memory and learning, lack of proper coordination, trouble with problem-solving, increased heart rate and reduced blood pressure are not healthy. Marijuana effects on the brain include damage to the cannabinoid receptors of the nerve cells and influences the activities of the cells, like pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory, time perception and coordinated movement. Marijuana users are three times more at risk of a heart attack because when smoking a personís heart beat increases rapidly and their blood pressure drops. Marijuana causes respiratory problems in smokers, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, increased risk of lung infections and obstructed airways. Researches indicate that the THC found in marijuana impairs the bodyís immune system from fighting diseases and increases the risk of developing bacterial infections and tumors as well. These are just some of the health benefits and risks I will be discussing in my paper along with other social and political downsides.

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