Arguments Against Legalized Medical Marijuana
November 3, 2011 by staff
Arguments Against Legalized Medical Marijuana, Perhaps the best news out of the White House in recent days was a strong political statement against the legalization of marijuana. This, along with a message of opposition to the legalization of the American Society of Addiction Medicine was a good one-two against the efforts underway in California and elsewhere.
The two elements that were not related. They were driven by different incidents. However, these incidents are part of a larger effort for the drug socially and legally acceptable as alcohol.
The White House statement came in response to separate eight years, but may overlap, petitions were sent to his “We the peoples”, which promises a political response to a request for government action to collect the necessary signatures. The group of addiction medicine was responding to the approval of the California Medical Association’s efforts to decriminalize “recreational” use of marijuana. That may well also have been responding to their own chapter of California, which also would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in an effort to minimize its use among adolescents.
The last thing the country needs is an official stamp of approval of another mind-altering and addictive substance. Legalization efforts in this country have the Americans ignorant of what is happening in other parts of the world, especially in Holland, where Dutch authorities have been carefully away from the liberal laws that allow people to smoke cannabis the “coffee shops”.
In recent weeks, amid growing concerns public healt, the Dutch government announced it will begin to classify the strong forms of marijuana as a hard drug, like cocaine and ecstasy. Then, the Institute of Behavioral Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands released a study showing that cannabis can increase the risk of depression in some youth. Other studies have shown an increased risk of schizophrenia and psychosis, especially among young people with genetic predisposition.
The White House statement appeared to be another indication that the Obama administration is preparing to conduct a long-term federal policy against the use of marijuana, which comes immediately after the note of a Justice Department official said state law does not give federal judicial immunity.
The official statement from the White House, Obama came director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske, said: “… legalizing marijuana would not have the answer to any health, social, youth education, criminal justice, and quality of community life challenges associated with drug use, “also referred to the connection of the drug to respiratory illness, cognitive impairment and addiction.
Residents of Utah, that trust, need little convincing, in general, that marijuana should remain illegal, even taking into account the legitimate arguments that users receive punishment should focus on treatment instead of incarceration. But if the legalization movement would receive an official foothold in the rest of the country, which could lead to cultural acceptance that come with a host of health problems. Good to know that the administration agrees.
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