thought of legalizing marijuana should only come into mind, once large clinical trials have been
conducted to demonstrate that the use of marijuana medicinally outweighs the risks associated
with its use on the patients it’s meant to treat (Cerda et al. 26).
Bearing in mind that marijuana use has been found to permanently impair brain
development, much should be done to ensure that it is not legalized since it would lead to more
harm than good (Lubman, Ali & Murat 8). Its legalization would, for instance, lead to an upsurge
in its use impairing the development of many brains in the process. Many people would then
start experiencing concentration and memory problems which is detrimental to the growth and
development of any society (Volkow et al. 2223).
Despite the benefits associated with medical marijuana, it should not be legalized since it
is an addictive drug. Marijuana contains the tetrahydrocannabinol component that causes
addiction on the user with time. Addiction to the drug occurs when the brain of the user adapts to
the drug and a person will often exhibit withdraw symptoms when not on the drug (Volkow et al.
2221). The legalization of a drug that can cause addiction to users should, therefore, not be
encouraged at all under any circumstance.
In spite of the medical benefits associated with marijuana in the treatment of certain
illnesses and symptoms, the drug should not be legalized as it would lead to more harm than
good in any given society. As seen above, it would be reckless to legalize marijuana since the
negative aspects associated with it outweigh its benefits. But were it to be legalized, only the
little amount that is deemed necessary in the field of medicine should be legalized.