The Danger of Legalizing Marijuana

Increasingly, we hear of areas of the United States that are turning to decriminalization of marijuana in an attempt to cut costs associated with law enforcement. Proponents claim that the money spent in the justice system is much greater than the cost of providing treatment to the addicts who currently need it, and that marijuana is not as much of a threat to public health and safety as other illegal drugs.

The clear truth is that these arguments have not held up in other countries that have decriminalized drugs, and is refuted by studies showing the dangers of these substances. Far from the harmless recreational perception that many have of marijuana, marijuana use has been shown to be highly carcinogenic, and damages both physical and mental health.

Legalizing drugs (such as marijuana) does not decrease prevalence of use. There are many examples in other countries that legalizing drugs such as marijuana does not decrease crime, and in the Netherlands, where its use is legal, the crime rate has increased dramatically since 1981. One study estimates that 80% of the property crime in a particular city is perpetuated by the 7,000 addicts in that city.

Legalizing Marijuana and other drugs only leads to more addicts and more crime—study after study supports this conclusion. Numerous studies back up what our Creator told us so many years ago, regarding drunkenness—a type of substance abuse:

“Woe to those who rise early in the morning, That they may follow intoxicating drink;
Who continue until night, till wine inflames them! The harp and the strings, The tambourine and flute, And wine are in their feasts; But they do not regard the work of the Lord, Nor consider the operation of His hands. Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge…” -Isaiah 5:11-13

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