Reason to not Legalized Marijuana
Reason to not Legalized Marijuana

Reason to not Legalized Marijuana

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General purpose: to persuade my audience to oppose the legalization of marijuana.

Specific purpose: At the end of my speech, my audience will be opponents of legalizing marijuana legalizing.

Central Idea: marijuana should not be legalized since evidence shows that it causes more harm than good in the society such as mental health problems, respiratory problems, and many people use it as a gateway drug to more abuse of hard.


  • Even though the United States classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled drug
    denoting that it has no acceptable use in the society, people suffering from
    different ailments claim that it can be used as remedy.
  • According to Gottfried (61), patients suffering from glaucoma claim that marijuana assist
    in dealing with pain and relieving signs. Additionally, patients suffering from
    cancer claim that it assists them with their nausea that is caused by their
    chemotherapy process.
  • Marijuana should not be medically and recreationally legalized since it leads to many
    detrimental incidences among the old and the youths in the society. For instance,
    marijuana smoking in school going students leads to thinking difficulties and
    memory impairment.


The psychoactive properties of marijuana contain about 400 different chemicals. These chemicals have the main ingredient being THC that has mind altering properties. According to reports from the American Council fo


r Drug Education, the sophisticated cannabis cultivated currently has been found to produce higher levels of THC than the pot from the past with THC content being less than 1 percent in 1974 and rising to 4 percent by 1994 (Kaminer 406). These properties have been found to be more harmful than before.
Transition: let us now look at how marijuana is used as a gateway drug

Marijuana is frequently used as a gateway drug. Many people who use marijuana have been reported to abuse other hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin. According to the study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 98 percent of marijuana users believe that it is harmless (Newton 101). When they use the drug, it develops a greater high and desire for an effect hence forcing them to turn to harder drugs. The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University asserts that juveniles who smoke marijuana are 85 percent probable to use cocaine and heroin that those that do not smoke marijuana (Kaminer 458).
Transition: let us consider the health problems associated with marijuana

Marijuana use has mental health problems. Marijuana users develop impaired short-term memory that makes it hard for a person to learn and retain information specifically with regards to intricate tasks. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration stated that marijuana use influences several skills required for safe driving (Newton 158). The research conducted by NIDA, showed that 4 -14 percent of drivers that were hurt or unfortunately died in a tragic accident were diagnosed positive for the active ingredient in marijuana.

Moreover, data from this research also shows that marijuana impairs balance and coordination of functional elements essential to driving in a dose linked manner since its effects are believed to last up to 24 hours after smoking in the

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body (Kuhar 154).
Transition: the use of marijuana should be discouraged in the society form its detrimental outcomes to both the young and the old.


  • Concerns with health hazards attributable to marijuana have been reported to be
    on the rise.
  • Major respiratory organs of both the young and the old have been reported to be
    threatened by marijuana.
  • The use of marijuana by anyone regardless of the intention ought to be discouraged although conclusive evidence is lacking for the major prolonged public health issues caused by marijuana.

Work Cited

  • Gottfried, Ted. The Facts About Marijuana. New York: Benchmark Books, 2005. Print.
  • K?aminer, Yifrah?. Adolescent Substance Use Disorders. St. Louis, Mo.: Elsevier Health Sciences,
    2010. Internet resource.
  • Kuhar, Michael J. The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine. Upper
    Saddle River, N.J: FT Press, 2012. Print.
  • Newton, David E. Marijuana: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2013.
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