Marijuana; The Scourge of Our Future
“Many researchers feel that the public controversy over marijuana is not so much a debate over the scientific evidence as a quarrel over social values. (Massett 158)” Marihuana has indeed been a long debated drug. The debate revolves around two polar ideas; whether or not to legalize it. There are those that advocate strongly for its legalization, yet it can be assumed that everyone has the desire to ensure stability in their communities. Thus, in order to keep our communities safe from detriment, marijuana should not be legalized.
The problem is that vast numbers of today’s youth are experimenting with marijuana. Though many studies suggest that marijuana is not physically addictive like heroine, Lawrence Massett in “Marijuana and behavior; the unfilled gaps,” states that marijuana:
Leads to the use of more dangerous drugs like heroin and propels smokers into crime, insanity and social apathy. Harry J. Anslinger [. . . ] characterized marijuana as a ‘scourge that undermines its victims and degrades them mentally, morally and physically (156).
We need to face today’s problem, and help our youth resist marijuana.
The cause is that today’s youths smoke marijuana out of feelings of helplessness and they lack motivation to ensure the betterment of their futures. The cause is fixable. At the time, adolescents don’t realize that they are throwing away their futures, and ruining our communities in the process. And in order to save our youth, and our communities, stricter laws need to be passed with the means to enforce them secured. If today’s youth realize the penalties to be paid and the harm caused, they will be less likely to smoke marijuana and ruin their futures, as well as the future of out communities. Adolescents have to realize that the decisions they make now have a very strong impact on where they will be later in life.
The future of our communities, and our county, lies in the hands of today’s youth. Marijuana...