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Marijuana should be illegal for the majority of medical purposes because of the potentially dangerous side effects Some of these side effects include lapse or no commonsense for decision making There have been absolutely no cases stating a person has overdosed from smoking marijuana but there have been several documented cases that prove marijuana was the cause of death An example of this would be a person smokes one self made marijuana cigarette and attempts to drive an automobile The moment that person sits in the driver seat they become as dangerous as a drunk driver Another extremely dangerous side effect is the slowing down of reflexes If a marijuana intoxicated driver were to be confronted with a foreign object on the road it we be too late for himher to realize the danger he has placed himself and possibly the other passengers Those side effects could be considered miniscule to the possibility that smoking marijuana leads to harder drugs The cold hard facts prove that marijuana is the steppingstone to harder drugs These harder drugs include cocaine heroin LSD and several others If you were to ask current drug users what there first drug was the most common answer would be marijuana Oncologists overwhelmingly reject the idea of prescribing smoked marijuana Crude marijuana contains over 400 different chemicals THC the main active ingredient in crude marijuana is available as the prescription drug Marinol for the treatment of nausea associated with chemotherapy however safer and more effective anti-emetic medication are available and preferred by oncologists Probably the largest reason to smoke medical marijuana is because of glaucoma There is no scientific evidence that marijuana prevents the progression of visual loss in glaucoma While marijuana as well as alcohol and a host of other substances and lower intraocular eye pressure the medication must be carefully tailored to the individual to prevent further eye damage Besides numerous adverse side effects of smoking marijuana the dose
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