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Crime or Past Time According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NORML Presently law enforcement arrests a marijuana smoker every 45 seconds in America at a tremendous cost to society The marijuana issue often times goes in many directions such as legalization decriminalization and prohibition There are good arguments to all three directions The key to which direction to choose is not that easy One must way the positives and the negatives of each direction before coming to a final decision2 How does marijuana affect the human mind Marijuana contains 460 chemical ingredients THC delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol is the one that affects the brain the most First marijuana has to enter the body it can be eaten but most often it is smoked through a pipe bong or rolled into a joint After marijuana is smoked the THC enters the lungs and then goes to the bloodstream which then carries the THC to the brain Once the drug gets to the brain it binds with proteins called receptors on the surface of nerve cells These cells then send sensations through the body causing the person to feel intoxicatedStiefell 3 William J Goode has described the effects of intoxication as follows Euphoria relaxation a sense of ones mind wandering a kind of stream of consciousness a sensation that time is slowed downan impairment of ones short-term memory a feeling of ravenous hunger a strong increase in the enjoyment of ones sensesfood tastes better music sounds richer more exciting touch becomes more sensuous ones sexual orgasm becomes more intense one feels far more inclined to find things amusing silly uproarious moving about feels more sensuous smoother more graceful and sensuous one feels a kind of floating sensation there is a reduced and impaired ability to think logically rationally in a linear fashion one finds it difficult or impossible to read well or at all there is a kind of eureka feeling about ordinarily common
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