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THE RECREATIONAL POISON The debate is whether or not marijuana and other drugs should be legalized for personal use The marijuana plant may serve several beneficial uses to us but there is one use in which it is only harmful Marijuana should not be legalized for personal use because people do not understand or care about the effects it causes on them and the people around them While the War on Drugs attempts to dissuade people from using drugs primarily in economic terms Boyle 3 I want to inform people on the more scientific side of this debate Users view marijuana as harmless because its natural While it may be natural so are the chemicals it produces which are natural poisons Thats right the chemical Tetrahdrocannabiol THC that gives people their high is a natural poison Think about it why would a plant prod uce a poison that is of no use to the plant That is because there is a very important purpose from this poison for the survival of the plant Boyle 1 Marijuana like most plants has developed ways to defend itself against attack and predation just like animals An animals first instinct is to run away from the danger as quickly as possible When the animal cant get away it takes a stand and fights with whatever weapons it has at its disposal Of course plants cant run away so they developed weapons to protect themselves Boyle 2 These weapons may be as simple as spines on a cactus but are often complex chemical compounds These chemical compounds are often found in of the alkaloid family nitrogen containing organic bases which includes quinine cocaine atropine and morphine Boyle int By producing these chemicals the plant protects the next generation by concentrating the toxin in the seeds and surrounding tissues The toxin then serves to improve the chances of survival of the next generation of the plant Boyle 1 You will
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