Legalization of recreational marijuana allows freedom, but opens door for more health problems

On Jan. 1, 2018, a new law was passed for the legalization of recreational marijuana in California. People who are over the age of 21 can now legally buy marijuana in certain stores. Because of this new law, the people of California now have easier access to marijuana, although it cannot be used in public places. 

Now that people over the age of 21 can use it, it is possible that many people will abuse the power the new law allows. There are some pros to marijuana: enhancing the appetite of cancer patients about to start chemotherapy, helping people with chronic pains and it can even help people with glaucoma or asthma. Most people probably think that the new law passed is a great thing and can be beneficial for everyone, since it has the ability to help with certain health issues that people have.

However, Marijuana can also cause even worse health issues if it is not used safely. Marijuana smokers are three times more likely to develop certain types of cancers like brain cancer compared to people who do not smoke it. If a woman uses marijuana during pregnancy, the child could have developmental problems such as possible struggles with memory and focus.

I think that the new law is going to end up causing many health problems to the people in California. Now that everyone over the age of 21 is legally allowed to smoke it, a lot of people might abuse the power of the drug or use it constantly and let it ruin their bodies. I don’t think passing this law is a good idea; it may cause the people in California to be in danger when it comes to their health. People are more than likely going to abuse the power of the drug now that it is legal for everyone, and the more they abuse it, the more likely people are going to damage their health. Many will carelessly smoke it, not caring about what it is doing to their body.

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