Does the move to legalize weed for medical purposes count as a step towards the decriminalization of weed in general?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think that the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes is a step towards decriminalization of the drug in general. The legalization of marijuana is based strictly on medical necessity (or is supposed to be anyway). For example, marijuana has been proven effective against glaucoma because it alters the pressure within the eye. If it is used medically then I think it is fine but I do not think it is okay to use recreationally. There are too many damaging side effects. In addition, it causes curiosity. If someone likes the way this drug makes them feel then they move on to more dangerous things such as heroin or cocaine.

Marijuana has many adverse effects on the human body that are too dangerous to ignore. Marijuana effects the heart, lungs, and brain. It can also impair the bodies immune system.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I personally doubt it, but that is obviously just a matter of opinion since there is no official way to determine whether it's a step towards a more general legalization.

In my opinion, it is not a major step because the idea of medical marijuana seems so much different to people like me who disapprove of the use of marijuana in general.  It seems to me that using a substance for medical purposes is much different from using it for fun.

So I can see a lot of people like me being okay with the idea of allowing it when prescribed by a doctor but not with the idea of just letting anyone use it because they feel like it.

So I don't think support for the one implies support for the other.

mkcapen1 | Student

That one is questionable because laws have gone up and down in regards to marijuana.  It depends a lot on the governments that are in power at the time and the trends of the people.  I can remember when I thought it would be legalized by now.

However, look at the negative implications of use of the drug. 1-It is a gateway drug into the drug culture of harder drugs. 2- It decreases energy level and affects performance. 3- Driving under the influence laws have become stricter. 4- The type on the market is stronger than it was 30 years ago. 5- It is damaging to the respiratory system just like cigarettes are damaging. 6- The government has spent millions of dollars trying to stop smoking. 7- Public smoking laws have become stricter.

While the issues may address cigarettes it stands to reason that any type of inhalant would be contra indicated in lieu of the efforts to decrease smoking.