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In an effort to prevent harm to drug users and those around them the Netherlands has implemented controversial drug laws which legalize certain types of drug use and trafficking To implement these drug laws in the United States in my opinion would be detrimental to the country society Highly debated soft drug use can indeed be rationalized There are some legitimate medical uses for schedule II and even some schedule I drugs including marijuana For certain cancer and seizure patients it can be an excellent way to increase appetite prevent vomiting and seizures In some eye patients glaucoma can also be helped However there are some physiological risks as well Marijuana can cause motor impairment much like alcohol and more seriously has been known to be a carcinogen causing cancer in the lungs The drug causes vasodilation which increases heart rate and for some patients can create a huge risk Marijuana although not highly addicting is still a drug It alters the brains chemistry and can cause negative effects Considering that 48 of high school seniors have experimented with marijuana at least once it demonstrates that there is an increasing amount of drug usage in the United States and that it is easily attainable To legalize the usage and possession of marijuana would only increase possession and usage because now the government is saying that it is OK In the category of hard drug usage there is still some legitimate medical uses Cocaine for example can be used as a local anesthetic and is also used during nose and throat surgery to prevent bleeding However cocaine blocks dopamine reuptake severely increasing dopamine levels in the brain This drug makes the users feel euphoric and high and is very addicting Also when cocaine is in the process of being made into a smokeable form a substance known as ether is present in cocaine and is highly flammable Legalizing the usage of this
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