Catch phrase: Bob Marley once stated that, “Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
Thesis statement: The legalization of marijuana by 23 states could be ill-advised since research shows that it has significant side effects, potent risk of abuse, and little evidence to support healing factors.
Reasons against 1
According to research by pediatricians Wright and Krader, the medical benefits of marijuana have minimal or no supporting evidence.
Reasons against 2
Wright states that a number of conditions treated by marijuana have no supporting research based evidence.
Lack of data to support effectiveness and safety.
Reasons against 3
Researchers Write et. al. and Krader indicate that the side effects of marijuana are numerous.
The side effects indicated on patients induce paranoia, hallucinations, and insomnia among others.
Reason against 4
The use of marijuana is limited to use in cases where conventional medicine is not helping.
Reason against 5
Marijuana can be abused due to its addictive nature and lack of clear guidelines on dosage.
A new method of administering marijuana is dabbing which according to Nierengarten, releases potentially higher doses.
Teenagers are especially susceptible to drug abuse and exposure to marijuana increases this risk.
Marijuana is seen to successfully help in some conditions.
Whitting et al note the efficient use of Marijuana in managing chronic pain. This supports the benefit of marijuana for treatment; rationalizing its legalization.
Marijuana should not be legal since there s lack of adequate evidence to support its efficiency; it can be abused, and has several undesired effects.
Krader, Cheryl Guttman. "Why AAP Opposes Marijuana Use And Legalization". Contemporary Pediatrics. N.p., 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2016.
Nierengarten, Mary Beth. "Dabbling In ‘Dabbing’ A Potent New Delivery System For Cannabis Poses Heightened Risks For Adolescents Who Use Marijuana.". Contemporary Pediatrics 33.02 (2016): 35-35. Print.
Whiting, Penny F. et al. "Cannabinoids For Medical Use". JAMA 313.24 (2015): 2456. Web.
Wright, Steven et al. "Medical Marijuana: A Treatment Worth Trying?” The Journal of Family Practice 3.65 (2016): 178-185. Print.