Complete 4 pages APA formatted article: Resolution: Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Uses in Florida. FDA, which is responsible for drug approval, has concluded that this drug is not safe to use by human beings, as it is addictive and damages the brain.
1 These conclusions are the result of over 50 year’s research studies done by the department, for this purpose. The drug causes shrinkage of the hippocampus region in the brain, which is its memory and learning center, while it reduces the white mater in the brain to the tune of almost 80 percent. Since the brain development takes place until mid-twenties, use of this drug during adolescence is dangerous, as it can cause permanent loss of IQ points in the users. However, the synthetic form of this drug is available for the use of patients, by the name of Marinol.
2. Studies have further suggested that Marijuana can cause cancer of throat, nose, and head, as well as the testicular region in young adults. Research studies reveal that this drug causes mental illness and tendency towards crime and violence. Young users of this drug are more likely to develop hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis. In addition, the use of Marijuana can cause damage to the newly developed fetus, while the children born of mothers using this drug can have severe abnormalities. (Do you Know Marijuana, nd)
3. Research studies reveal that one out of six users is addicted to this drug, after trying it just once, while an overdose of Marijuana may be fatal. There are indications that regular users of Marijuana have reduced volumes in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) region of the brain, which can cause addiction. This is sometimes responsible for malfunctioning of certain brain activities. The presence of a main psychoactive ingredient, called THC in Marijuana plant has a profoundly damaging effect on the grey matter of the brain in the OFC region. . .