The Strain of Mary Jane

by Gabriella Hoffman, Staff Writer

The mystique of marijuana is commonplace in today’s society. Known for its alluring qualities, prized value and familiar appearance, this drug is raved as one of the most popular and most heavily abused substances in the United States. Its accessibility and subsequent use has become increasingly dangerous to our country, since proximity to Mexico and other drug-exporting nations make us vulnerable to its infiltration and influence. Since the use of marijuana is the underlying problem in today’s drug-ridden society, it must therefore be eradicated.

Marijuana perpetrates the scene in the most formidable ways. Pot heads and other marijuana enthusiasts usually gain access to the drug by illegal sale and trade, or via a medical marijuana prescription. With these actions instilled, it has become largely difficult to rid of pot from the domestic marketplace. According to the Soros Monitor, which is a proponent of eliminating marijuana and other drugs, it is billionaires like, “George Soros, Peter Lewis and Jason Sperling…behind the effort to legalize drugs in this country.” They have jumped on the drug bandwagon to push for efforts like medical marijuana prescriptions to further their careers and grow their wallets to sizeable heights. It is greedy men like them, who contend that they are respectable and cultured representatives of our nation, that bring it to ruin by proliferating drugs without the concern of the American people in mind. Everyone must educate themselves of these crooked figures and their debilitating influence in our commercial affairs to prevent the amassing of drugs in our country.

The Food and Drug Administration largely contends that, “no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use.” Although medical use of marijuana has not been recognized as beneficial, two pharmaceutical cannabinoids -Dronabinol and Nabilone- have been in existence and have been used to treat patients with various illnesses. If marijuana is usurped for its “medicinal worth,” the toxic byproducts produced from smoking and inhaling it will greatly outweigh its alleged curing properties. Adolescents do not find “medical marijuana” threatening because of the label it boasts, although it is still equally harmful and dangerous. The naivete in today’s youth is unparalleled to preceding years, and the fact that marijuana is advertised as ‘less harmful but rather beneficial’ will prompt them to abuse it at alarming rates. Medicine is supposed to rid society of disease, illness and other medical strife, rather than inhibit the healing and proper bodily function that marijuana is largely responsible for.

The repercussions involved in the use of pot have grave health effects. It is common for a marijuana user to experience “increased blood pressure, red eyes, dry mouth, increased heart rate, and slowed reaction time,” as reported by Web MD. From this, it is apparent that smoking pot is the farthest thing from glamorous. Long-term use can lead to depression, aggression, loss of appetite, and other similar symptoms. Pot is also notorious for being a gateway drug that once used it could lead to the use of other drugs. Basically, when under the influence of this drug, one becomes lackadaisical, careless, zoned-out, and out-of-touch with reality. The Drug Years of the 1960’s were plenty enough, and with the growing popularity of marijuana use, it would be like taking a plunge into the same avoidable abyss found in the past.

The civilization that the United States was built upon will see inevitable ruin if marijuana is legalized. Drones of druggies would terrorize the nation, infiltrate schools and create a culture stymied from laziness. All of the businesses established by determined and hard-working individuals will be undermined by profiteering drug cartels and other marijuana distributors. A leafy mascot like Mary Jane Marijuana will storm television sets in order to brainwash adolescents and younger children. It is universal that society is best handled without the proliferation of drugs. To make this a permanent facet of life, people must rise up and defend against this terrorizing agent.

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3 comments

  1. Marijuana use “must be eradicated”? Surely you’re aware of the 18th amendment to the Constitution… and the 21st?

    To the extent that drugs are highly addictive and can be pushed on children before they can fully appreciate the consequences of using them, yes, I support heavy regulation, or even outright prohibition if we’re speaking of a drug that really cannot be used responsibly. But marijuana is not highly addictive — heck, a legal drug, tobacco, is worse. The consequences of smoking it a few times as a teen are minimal, if the many high-achieving men and women I know who’ve done so are any indication. As far as national productivity is concerned, I wouldn’t be surprised if World of Warcraft was about as big a deal.

    I don’t personally toke up, or smoke, or play WoW for that matter. But I prefer to live in a country in which we can make our own informed decisions about what drugs to ingest, rather than one in which many reasonable choices are prohibited by government fiat. We are citizens, not worker drones, of the United States of America.

  2. I must take issue with this:

    The civilization that the United States was built upon will see inevitable ruin if marijuana is legalized. Drones of druggies would terrorize the nation, infiltrate schools and create a culture stymied from laziness. All of the businesses established by determined and hard-working individuals will be undermined by profiteering drug cartels and other marijuana distributors.

    If marijuana were legalized and distributed by government-licensed dealers, “profiteering drug cartels” and marijuana distributors would be driven out of business. All crime associated with the illegal production and distribution of marijuana would cease to happen. Plus, the government would no longer have to spend billions of dollars on marijuana-related crimes.

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