Why Is Cannabis Smoking Dangerous?


Many proponents of marijuana boast about its effectiveness in alleviating pain and curing illnesses. However, various studies reveal the other side of marijuana use. The latest in this regard is marijuana’s effect on the users’ learning skills. Studies show that regular use of marijuana impairs the person’s memory skills and learning abilities. The compilation of various study reports by the National Institute of Drug Abuse found that chronic use of weed smoking for at least 27 days in the past one month had serious impacts on the smokers, which included decreased ability to learn things and memorize things. Let us find out more about the various smoking weed effects of marijuana and its use on a person. Various researches show that chronic users of marijuana develop anxiety, depression and personality disorders. Weed smokers also fall behind others when it comes to social and job skills, as their ability to memorize

Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Legalization

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Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug throughout United States and all over the world. Only a few countries in the world have legalized the drug. In United States, eighteen states have made medical weed legal along with the District of Columbia. Many more states are considering bills to make cannabis legal and provide the ailing patients with some comfort. However, the issue of legalization of cannabis has led to numerous debates throughout the country with the supporters and opponents of the move actively defending their points. Therefore, it is important to find out the advantages and disadvantages of marijuana. Here, we will find out the aspects of weed legalization. Marijuana usage does have numerous advantages and disadvantages. If the drug is made legal in the country, it is surely going to alleviate the pain of millions of patients who suffer from chronic diseases like AIDS, cancer etc. If

Jim Berns Distributes Tomato Plants In Place Of Pot Plants

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Jim Berns, the Cincinnati mayoral candidate, surprised everyone when he announced on Wednesday that he would give away cannabis plants free in a meeting the next day. However, during the Thursday’s function, he again surprised everyone when he distributed 48 tomato plants in place of the cannabis plants. Mr. Berns, who is a libertarian candidate in the elections, had made a release, which carries his photo standing with a sigh that reads ‘FREE MARIJUANA PLANTS’. However, Mr. Berns, claims that he made the release to seek attention to the problem of marijuana legalization. He says, “Our brave men and women go to foreign countries and risk their lives to protect our freedoms. But with the marijuana issue, we lost our freedoms,” and further adds that, “I’m trying to bring attention to an abusive law.” According to the Ohio marijuana laws, weed is categorized as a schedule 1 substance. You cannot

How Does The Regular Use Of Marijuana Affect Teenagers?

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With active campaigns by the supporters of cannabis legalization, many people now believe that marijuana is a less dangerous drug when compared to others. This popular belief has developed in the minds of many people after the advocates of marijuana carry out vigorous promotional activities for the drugs. However, this is not true. Marijuana facts tell us a different story. Studies have found out that daily or frequent use of cannabis can have numerous harmful effects, especially on teenagers. With daily use of marijuana, a teenager could develop issues with mental health, decrease in the IQ levels and can also lead to the use of more dangerous drugs. Last week, Dr. Sharon Levy gave a speech at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting where he pointed out the side effects of smoking cannabis. He works at the Children’s Hospital Boston. As per Dr. Levy, there is no much difference in the

Danger Of Legalizing Cannabis

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While there is a good amount of pressure being leveled on the legalization of Cannabis in many states of America, Mark Kleiman, a drug policy expert at U.C.L.A, says that the idea itself is dangerous and bad. He has a point to justify his view. Mark believes that the states should lift severe penal measures on people who were found guilty of Cannabis possession, cultivation and processing. He is convinced that marijuana is less dangerous than the ubiquitous alcohol and tobacco. Nevertheless, Mark suggests that legalizing Cannabis would encourage many youths and adults, who are presently not exposed to the drug, to use marijuana. Although marijuana is comparatively less harmful than many other drugs, its excess use causes damages to the brain. He persuades the policy makers to lift prohibition and strict regulations against marijuana use, without completely legalizing it for the public. Currently, Mark Kleiman is among the advisors

Medical Marijuana Triggers Debate In Michigan And Ohio

The subject “medical marijuana” seems to have made its way again among the topics strongly debated by policy makers in Michigan. The state of Michigan legalized marijuana in November 2008, after a referendum where about 63 percent of the citizens voted in favor of marijuana while a minority of 37 percent disfavored it. Although the clear majority of the voters gave rise to a liberal medical marijuana law, authorities seem to have gotten stuck on the impracticalities associated with implementing the ballot-measure-turned-law. The same problem is faced with the Ohio marijuana laws as well. Law enforcement authorities are uncertain about some aspects of the law, and about enforcing them. A large number of patients in Michigan enjoy its liberal policy on marijuana. Brandy Zink, an epilepsy patient, said that she found real relief from her seizures after started to take marijuana. “It’s become a part of my life where I’ve

Washington Appoints Independent Agency To Handle Pot Operations

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The Washington State’s liquor control board said that it has appointed Botec Analysis Corp, a Massachusetts based organization specializing in drug policy and drug related crimes, to deal with the state’s latest changes in the marijuana laws. Marijuana is legal for medicinal as well as recreational use as per the Washington state marijuana laws. In a groundbreaking vote in last November, the states of Colorado and Washington became the first US States to legalize pot for recreational use. There are nineteen other states and the District of California that legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The liquor control board in the state said that Washington will implement a cannabis tax and cannabis distribution system similar to alcohol sales in many states. State licensed stores are permitted to sell cannabis after being taxed by state liquor control board. The proposed system will be implemented in full effect by the end of December.

Benefits Of Marijuana Seem To Overweigh Its Ill Effects

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Marijuana is one of the most controversial topics of the century. Marijuana is a product of cannabis sativa plant, which is considered as a traditional herb in China. Though marijuana has been pictured as a harmful drug, the plant has been in use for its medicinal features for a long time. Studies show that marijuana can be used to treat many severe diseases, where other alternatives fail to provide adequate results. Marijuana facts say that the key component of the drug, THC, reacts to the cannabinoid receptors of the brain and is responsible for the influence of marijuana. Researchers say that THC relieves pain sensation, stimulates appetite, reduces anxiety, and controls blood sugar level in the body. Medical marijuana is prescribed to relieve the conditions of chronic pain, cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and many other weakening diseases. Recent studies show that marijuana eases the pressure inside the eye by lowering

Washington Contemplates Marijuana Regulation

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Having legalized marijuana for medical as well as recreational use, Washington State is now contemplating regulating the drug. Marijuana got a legalized status in the state, as the voters turned out in favor of legalizing it in last fall. In contrast to marijuana laws by state in eighteen other states, Cannabis is legal for recreational as well as medical use in Colorado and Washington. Despite their full fledged laws, both states are deeply concerned about how to implement the laws. Prof. Mark Kleiman, a drug policy expert at UCLA has been appointed as the main advisor to Washington to assist the state in executing its amended laws on marijuana. “Washington will implement its new marijuana laws in line with its tobacco and alcohol laws”-Kleiman said in an interview. The state plans to set up a system similar to that for alcohol, consisting of three-tier license stages, such as producers, processors

Growing Support For Marijuana Legalization In The U.S.


More than one third of the states in the US have legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Many more are set to follow suit. States like Colorado and Washington have gone a bold step further and legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes as well. These marijuana laws by state, however, have not seemed to influence the federal government’s drug policy in any way. Under the U.S. federal law, marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule 1 drug which has no known medicinal properties and have a high potential for abuse. Even in the midst of such growing support for marijuana legalization in many states, the federal government stands strong in its attitude towards drug use in the country. Even in states that have legalized marijuana, growing, harvesting, possessing and distributing cannabis will be considered a federal drug offense. A recent poll indicates that 52% of Americans