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Say No to Marijuana Legalization Marijuana also known as cannabis sativa is being used illegally by many Americans today of all ages Before the 1960s many Americans had never heard of marijuana but today it is the most used illegal drug in this country All types of marijuana are mind-altering drugs They all contain THC the main active chemical in marijuana along with over 400 other chemicals This drug should stay illegal for many reasons concerning the health and safety of Americans today Saying no one ever died from smoking marijuana is like saying no one ever died from smoking tobacco Most young teens and children start using marijuana for many reasons they are curious or want to fit into a specific group of kids Most young people who already smoke cigarettes andor use alcohol is at higher risk for marijuana use Most young people say they use marijuana to deal with psychological problems such as anger boredom depression anxiety etc As much as young people think marijuana is helping their problems its only making things worse for their bodies and minds When using marijuana some users suffer acute anxiety and have paranoid thoughts this mainly occurs with someone new to the drug or in a strange environment In some cases a user who has taken a very high dose of marijuana can have severe psychotic symptoms and need emergency help Marijuana delays the users short term memory which means they may have trouble handling simple or complex tasks Due to the effects that marijuana has on the mind the user my find themselves in some difficult situations such as they could become involved in risky sexual behavior or take part in auto crashes When you smoke marijuana and then drive or even perform both many of the skills required for safe driving may be changed such as alertness concentration coordination and reaction time These effects can last up to 24 hours after smoking
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