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6 Cons to Marijuana Legalization

The first two states in the Union, Washington & Colorado to legalize recreational marijuana did so nearly 6 years ago. It was the first week of November 2012. We have come so far. Nine states are on the books to have legalized marijuana use and sales since then. Twenty more legalized Medical Marijuana use, but haven't put their finger on the recreational use issue just yet.

Our lovely United States (more than 50%) have declared one form or another legal, while our Federal Government is still hanging out in the clouds and lining up Marijuana use with that of heroine or cocaine.

All these states, in the right mind when it comes to marijuana obviously know the benefits it offers. But the federal government are clinging on for dear life to the list of disadvantages.

We have made it pretty apparent that, here at Emerald's, we are advocates but I find it necessary to run both routes to cover my bases and toss away the bias. Can ya dig it? Of course you can.

Here goes nothin'!

Cons of Legalizing Marijuana

(This hurts me as much as it hurts you. We will get through this together.)

Again, this is not a COMPREHENSIVE list of the cons of marijuana legalization. It is simply the most common arguments used to oppose the legal sale and use of cannabis products.

1) Marijuana Is Addictive

Scientists are still divided on the subject of addiction. Some claim cannabis is not as addictive as harder drugs like crack and meth. Others claim that one in ten marijuana users develop dependence over time.

They point to the fact that stopping marijuana cold turkey will lead to withdrawal symptoms like irritability and anxiety. The same, however, could be said of cigarette smoking (which is legal). More research will need to be done to determine if marijuana is truly as addictive as the opponents of cannabis legalization claim.

2) Second-Hand Smoke Could Become A Problem