Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana and by numerous other names is a preparation of the cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. Pharmacologically, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); it is one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 84 other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), and cannabigerol (CBG).
Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxationand an increase in appetite. Unwanted side-effects can sometimes include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, reddening of the eyes and feelings of paranoia or anxiety. Have people on the streets or at work or in school with this kind of behavior or state of mind? Is that safe in our society. We have enough shootings in schools, malls, movie theatres, etc…, would this be a good move to our society? More heads maybe blown off or poor judgment calls may be made with this enhancement including paranoia or anxiety (not thinking clearly). So if alcohol does this why not legalize marijuana? Why give another method of getting into a state of mind like that to adults & worse people under 21 y/o due to easy accessibility. Even better why make it easier for people to drink and do weed legally at the same time. People what about out countries safety? Think first. Is that better for our Nation?
In 2004, the United Nations estimated that global consumption of cannabis indicated that approximately 4% of the adult world population (162 million people) used cannabis annually, and that approximately 0.6% (22.5 million) of people used cannabis daily. Now think, if it’s legal the statistics would go up too in the USA (probably double).
Now looking at drugs legal (alcohol, OTC or prescribed medications) and illegal drugs (marijuana, heroin, crack, cocaine, hash, LSD-acid etc…); do any of these get attempted by humans at some time in their life whether it be in high school or college or after college? Yes; not all but enough.
Also, do people take these type of meds or drugs before going to work or even better before school/college or if legalized marijuana would allow people to be more opt in taking it before work, school/college or adult-hood? High probability and by many people too much is taken or better it gets abused; like so many other things do by human nature (from smoking to drugs of all kinds to power (even war) to money to welfare) and obviously by not everyone BUT still too many, where it effects EVERYONE in society of the USA. Just look at history and it repeats itself with all examples given to you that are abused with so many other things. Now using common sense high odds the same will happen with marijuana; especially legal (look at alcohol alone).
Now being holistic about looking at all angles of this topic; I could definitely understand from Susan Sarandon’s (which the media 3 days ago stated she was for it) or Whoopi Goldberg’s (she stated she was for it on the VIEW this past week) and many other actors or actresses points of view that marijuana should be made legal. If who are in acting for comedy/drama including talk show hosting and the drug relaxes you and could even enhance the person’s performance on stage or in a movie possibly that would be great for their career with just feeling good in and out of work.
Now let us take another perspective the AVERAGE American who works 40 or more hours a week and goes to work taking this medication within a time frame. Would you want to work with taking marijuana to do acting as a career. Me, damn yes but now looking at reality NO I can’t do that not because it isn’t legal but it will effect me in my job performance and safety for my patients. Look to the most average American, would you want to work with or better have the following interacting with you or your family/friends or most significant other as a: SURGEON/RN/POLICE OFFICER/SECRET SERVICE MAN/FIREMAN/JUDGE/LAWYER/ To even who is our PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES at the time this becomes legal and thereafter. Everyone can have it. I don’t think I need to go on; you get the point if you have common sense. Just think if you needed a person in these job roles to give their best performance in their job role which would be affected putting you at risk to a unhappy turn out. Ex. At risk would be your health/life possibly and life down the road for a poor decision call by a judge or lawyer not thinking clearly. What about an officer shooting at you due to poor judgment; or even better our President dealing with our American lives in making such vital and responsible decisions in where the U.S. stands from our economy to WAR. Must I go on? How could this happen.
Well lets look at facts about this drug in how it works: I know Whoopi Goldberg or Susan Sarandon would probably not like this result on them or to the country but maybe they didn’t look at this angle of how it would be dangerous with marijuana being legal out of the Hollywood box or Hollywood world. This statement is based on the interviews I have seen of these two highly respected women over the years who I feel are good people and great actresses. I just feel they may have not looked at the whole picture in regards to how this would affect ALL in the America.