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Is marijuana harmful A question asked for many years with a very debatable answer Some believe that marijuana is an addictive gateway drug causing cognitive impairments school dropouts and psychological damage While others disagree stating users are troubled before using marijuana and impairments are subtle and nonpermanent This controversy has led to two articles Marijuana is Relatively Harmless by Richard Lowry and Marijuana Use is Harmful by Joseph M Rey Andres Martin and Peter KrabmanLowry states that marijuana is not harmful With the simple fact that marijuana is easier to come by it makes sense that a cocaine or heroin addict used marijuana first but does not mean it served as a gateway to the other drugs According to the Institute of Medicine Of 34 to 35 year old men who had used marijuana 10-99 times by the age 24-25 75 never used any other illicit drug 12 This report supports that marijuana does not serve as a gateway drug The theory that marijuana causes teens to become troubled can also be dismissed Once you realize the fact that teens are troubled before using marijuana Most teen users that are considered troubled are heavy users teens that causally experiment with cannabis appear to function quite well with respect to schooling and mental health MacCoon and Reuter 15 Rey Martin and Krabman have other believes though With studies of their own they suggest that marijuana is very harmful Supporting the gateway theory Fergusson and Horwood analyzed data from a birth cohort of Newzealand children showing that by age 21 nearly 70 had used marijuana and 26 had used other illicit drugs 20 Suggesting that teens become troubled after using marijuana Fergusson also gathered data in the course of a 25-year longitudinal study of an unselected birth cohort of 1265 children reporting that adolescents who had used marijuana on at least 100 occasions until the age 16 were 37 times more likely to drop out of school
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