The "High's" of Legalizing Marijuana



Refutation #4

In a 2016 article, “Why Weed is More Similar to Heroine and Cocaine Than You Think,” Suzannah Weiss states “new research has found that marijuana can affect the brain in a similar way to other addictive drugs like heroin and cocaine. This articles title should automatically be changed to “Why Weed is completely different than Heroine and Cocaine.” This article gives us a perfect example of not believing what we read.  With the many studies that have been out there today, this new study from Columbia University Medical Center found that “weed can suppress the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.” However, this should not indicate that weed is somewhat similar to cocaine being that cocaine blocks the release of not only dopamine, but norepinephrine, and serotonin as well. Cocaine puts a sudden stop to this, resulting in serious outcomes. A study was done on 11 adults between the ages of 21 and 40, who smoked marijuana daily, making them dependent on the drug, in comparison to 12 others who were not addicted. I don’t believe this was necessarily a valid enough test to come to the conclusion that weed is similar to heroine and cocaine.

In addition, today it is very rare to hear that someone is in rehab due to an addiction to marijuana. On the other hand, it is quite common to hear of an individual in rehab due to an addiction to heroin. The constant injection can lead to great harm, including severe addiction and terrible withdrawal from the drug. Unlike marijuana, cocaine causes several health issues and can lead to death. BIG difference. This article is definitely not a reliable one, and marijuana and cocaine do, in fact, have their major differences.




Refutation #3




According to an article from CNBC, “legalizing marijuana would not be worth the costs.” However, we have discovered that this is actually contradictory to the information we have corroborating the legalization of weed. The concept of legalizing marijuana may lead to a possible decrease in the amount of money spent on incarceration due the drop in people arrested for possession of illegal substance. According to an article from, “There is certainly a financial and human cost to keeping marijuana illegal and we can see it in our prisons.” 50 percent of the country believes that weed should be legalized, which doesn’t discredit the other half of the nation that doesn’t believe it should be legalized. prison for marijuana-related crimes.An article on Creating Loafing states, “According to the website BlueNC, noted UNC-Chapel Hill economist Art Benavie, author of Drugs: America’s Holy War, estimates that the U.S. is wasting more than $70 billion per year by prosecuting the disastrous “war on drugs.”. Among sentenced prisoners under state jurisdiction in 2008, 18% were sentenced for drug offenses.” So although it may be deemed as the reason for a majority of arrests, it turns out the amount of arrests for use and possession of marijuana is prevalent. To go off of that the article also mentions that “..federal data shows that the vast majority (99.8%) of federal prisoners sentenced for drug offenses were incarcerated for drug trafficking.” So overall, in opposition to the article from CNBC, legalizing marijuana would definitely decrease the amount of federal prison spending.

Refutation #2

140306122410-medical-marijuana-horizontal-large-gallery.jpgAccording to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits, medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for ( We believe the opposite and have seen, first hand, this not be the case. Whether it’s witnessing a loved one struggling with Cancer and using medical marijuana to help or watching as marijuana soothes the pain away for other illnesses, marijuana has proven to have beneficial effects. Evidence was very weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette’s syndrome; the authors advocate for further research. If such a strong opinion is to be stated, there should be strong evidence to back this up. They contain a small study suggesting that many brand labels for edible marijuana products list inaccurate amounts of active ingredients, however we do not agree with this.

But, what was also mentioned in the article is the fact that medical marijuana is in fact legal in 23 states as well as Washington D.C. If medical marijuana did not work when trying to approve certain illnesses, would it still be legal? The answer is probably not. Furthermore, the state of Colorado (one of the states in which marijuana is legal), has pledged to donate approximately $8 million in state funds for studies that research the potential medical benefits that marijuana contains. If medical marijuana really did not work, then there would not be so much optimism for studies in the future.

Overall, while some people think that medical marijuana does not actually yield many benefits, many people including our group members believe the opposite. If there were truly no benefits than why would it be legal in almost half of the countries States? It will be interesting to see what the future holds as more testing and research on this is being done. We  do not agree with what has to say, because we strongly feel that  marijuana has helped many individuals in many different circumstances and continues to have a beneficial effect on many lives today.



The debate about whether or not marijuana should be legal has been a prevalent topic in today’s society. Marijuana is currently legal in 4 states recreationally and legal in 24 states for medical use. Still with the rise of states legalizing marijuana either for recreational or medial use, there are many different viewpoints on if marijuana should be legalized.

In an article on called “5 Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal” there are points raised about why marijuana should remain illegal.  They bring up how marijuana is very addictive and terrible for your mental and physical health. They say that marijuana destroys people’s lives and people will move from marijuana to heroine and meth. They believe that marijuana should absolutely remain illegal with no situation that anyone should ever be able to use it.

I disagree with the points the article brings up about marijuana. First of all… addictive? While I’m not saying Hawkins’ is entirely wrong that marijuana is an addictive drug, I do think there are many legal drugs out there that are far more addictive and are used everyday. I’ll leave you with some examples—smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, taking Xanax and the list goes on. All I’m saying is not a single person has ever died from marijuana overdose, but drugs that are legal in this world are killing people everyday. Now that doesn’t make sense. Many of the reasons that they bring up for why marijuana should be illegal have been debunked. For instance, they bring up that marijuana is terrible for your physical health but marijuana has been proven to be an excellent remedy for easing pain for people that are sick. Marijuana is legalized in 24 states for medical purposes and if it was terrible for your health this wouldn’t be the case.

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