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Opponent s Factual BriefOPPONENT S BRIEF Factual Proposition Consuming marijuana is detrimental to one s health Definition of key terms1 Consumption Smoking or eating marijuana2 Marijuana Psychoactive mind altering substance also known as cannabis3 Detrimental Serious harm Primary Inference Smoking or eating marijuana is likely to create serious health problems for most individual users or society OverviewSince the 1920 s supporters of marijuana prohibition have exaggerated the drugs dangers Many of the reefer madness tales that were used to bring support for early anti- marijuana laws continue to appear in reports today The most important studies of recent times took place in the 1970 s in Greece Costa Rica and Jamaica These tests reported on the effects of marijuana on its users in there natural environment The reports covered marijuana s effect on the brain immune and reproductive systems 1 These studies didn t answer all the questions about the effects of marijuana on the user but supported the idea that marijuana for the majority of its users was not detrimental to the health of the users brain immune or reproductive system In looking at all the reports that are published there are perhaps random studies which may indicate greater toxicity of the drug But in all of these cases the research was flawed or inaccurate since the findings cannot be duplicated by other scientistsContention I Marijuana does not damage brain cells A Claim Use of marijuana does not cause memory loss 1 Grounds In a recent study rhesus monkeys were exposed to the equivalent of 4-5 joints per day for an entire year without any alteration of hippocampal architecture2 Slikker W et al Behavioral Neurochemical and Neurohistological Effects of chronic Marijuana Smoke Exposure in the Nonhuman Primate pp219-74 in l Murphy and A Bartke eds Marijuana Neurobiology and Neurophysiology Boca Raton CRC press1992 2 Warrant Alteration in hippocampal structure results in memory loss 3 Backing A study reports Any alteration of
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