Legalizing Marijuana In Hawaii

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Just Say "NO" to marijuana

In Hawaii, we know marijuana as "Maui Wowie or Pakalolo." While people in Hawaii continue to have fun using this drug, they don't know the other potential side effects of what this harmful drug can do to their body. Former Hawaii Governor, Benjamin Cayetano signed a bill on Wednesday, June 15th 2000, legalizing the medical use of marijuana, making his state the first to pass such a law through the legislature. While Hawaii joins seven other states like Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Maine and California, as well as the District of Columbia they are other states who approved the medical marijuana laws. But of course, people in Hawaii are taking advantage of recent changes in Hawaii's laws and using marijuana for recreational purposes. The State of Hawaii should not legalize marijuana.

First, marijuana poses health risks. It contains many toxic chemicals including some of the cancer causing agents found in tobacco.

According to the National Drug Information Center of Families in Action they point out various health risks that marijuana poses. The harmful effects of marijuana on the Endocrine System that include the damages the network of glands, organs, and hormones involved in growth and development, energy levels, and reproduction. These can include; pituitary gland, thyroid gland, stomach, pancreas and adrenal glands. The harmful effects of marijuana can do significant damage and destruction of the air sacs of the lungs, reduces your lungs ability to bring oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, which in results in emphysema. Marijuana also causes bronchial tubes to be inflamed, thickened and is able to produce more mucus; resulting the narrowing of the air passages, called chronic bronchitis. (7) Marijuana smoke has five times as much "tar" as cigarette smoke and significantly increases chance of lung cancer, inflammation and...