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Marijuana and Society

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FC: Marijuana and Society | By: Ryan Jacob | 1

1: 2 | Above is a marijuana cigarette that is one of the most common ways users smoke marijuana

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3: Under the federal controlled act of 1970, Marijuana is classified as a type 1 drug. These drugs have the potential for high abuse, no current medical use in the United States, and a lack of acceptable safety under use of supervision. According to the United States Federal Government the use of marijuana is illegal with the exception of those that have been granted medical marijuana licenses. However in other cultures marijuana use is a common practice. Some cultures use marijuana in religious ceremonies to relax the body and open the mind. So now that we know what marijuana use is classified as, the question that needs to be answered is what effects does it have on our society? | To the left a man smokes weed as part of a religious ceremony

4: According to WebMD roughly 4% of Americans smoke Pot at least once a year, 1% of Americans abuse pot, and 1 in 300 have a Pot addiction.The active ingredient in marijuana is THC. That's short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.THC is rapidly absorbed after smoking pot. Within minutes, THC and the other substances in marijuana smoke cause short-term medical effects. Signs of using marijuana include: -Rapid heart rate -Increased blood pressure -Increased rate of breathing -Red eyes -Dry mouth -Increased appetite, or "the munchies" -Slowed reaction time These effects are reduced after three or four hours. However, marijuana hangs around in your system for as long as a month after smoking. The lingering effects mean you're impaired for several days to weeks after the high wears off.

5: 4 | 5 | To the left a college student holds a Marijuana Cigarette | To the right teens partake in the smoking of Marijuana and feel its effects

6: The functionalist perspective on marijuana use is that it is a part of society that is used to bond groups especially those that believe that is should be a legal and regulated part of society. Those in favor of marijuana legalization argue that it would help contribute to society by making individuals pay to use it, rather then the government spending countless dollars on fighting the drug from entering the United States. The conflict perspective states that marijuana is used to regulate the masses, and the strict penalties imposed by the government are used to control those that choose to defy them. In the area of legalization of Marijuana the conflict perspective also believes it will be used to further tax the citizens and be used to make large companies profitable, similar to the tobacco industry. | To the right is a popular ad that is focused on the legalization of marijuana that cleverly uses the smoke from the marijuana cigarette to send its message.

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8: 7 | Pictured here is a Marijuana plant growing wild in Colorado. Where Marijuana plants can now be legally grown by individuals as long as there are fewer then 6 plants

9: I believe both theoretical perspectives make a very valid point. I do believe that marijuana use can have some very serious negative effects if it is not regulated. Although statics point to alcohol and tobacco use as more dangerous habits, Marijuana has been known to be a gateway drug primarily due to the fact that is is treated the same way other elicit drugs are. I honestly believe that with the proper regulations marijuana use could have some very positive effects. It would save the government millions while simultaneously taking money out of the pockets of the drug lords that control the marijuana trade. I have to side with the conflict perspective on this topic in the sense that I do believe keeping marijuana illegal is a means to control and regulate the populous. By allowing it to be legal it wouldn't have the same repercussions and individuals wouldn't have to rely on the government to save them from the crazy pot smokers. The key to helping those who wish to use marijuana is the same solution that we have for alcohol and tobacco. Tax and regulate its use and educate the public on the effects and implications it can have.

10: By: Ryan Jacob For Social Problems

11: Picture References 1.Marijuana Bud;CreativeOcean;42-30532658http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/ 2.Marijuana Cigarette;Creative Image Source;42-22007900http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/ 3.Drug use as a spiritual practice; Febuary 11, 2010http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/ 4.Cannabis Use; Creative mingle; 42-25405736 http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/ 5.Marijuana use among teens;CreativeCusp/SS-058-0110http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/ 6. Legalize it;CreativeComet;42-44178505http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/ 7.Ladybugs on Cannabis Plant;Circa November 1996;Documentary/Encyclopedia/OF015825/http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/

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