Marijuana - A Gateway Drug Argumentative Essay

Argues that marijuana leads to using harder drugs.
# 151717 | 1,851 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | KE
Published on Sep 05, 2012 in Medical and Health (Drugs) , Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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This paper examines marijuana use and addiction from the perspective of it being a gateway drug, or a less potent drug that leads to the use of harder drugs. First, the paper gives some background information about marijuana, particularly it being used across the world in different cultures. It also notes the effects of a marijuana high on the user. Next, the paper cites research about marijuana being a gateway drug. Additionally, the paper considers legal ramifications of marijuana possession and peddling. Finally, the paper segues into a discussion on how marijuana can lead to use of hard drugs. The paper concludes by examining the health ramifications of marijuana use.


Thesis Statement
The Gateway Substance
Research Studies on the Effect of Marijuana as a Gateway

From the Paper:

"Marijuana, like other drugs, changes the brain chemistry. Being a drug, it suppresses the normal functioning of the brain. One can rightfully say that the drug interferes with the cerebrum and can inhibit very vital functional parts. The result is that the user becomes disoriented and therefore cannot cope by himself. Addiction sets in and the need for a stronger drug arises. In other words, the brain and body systems develop a higher affinity for drugs and become susceptible. The user feels like he needs to go to a higher level and prove himself a man. He wants to be seen by his peers as a hard person. The best option in such a scenario is to find other drugs like cocaine and heroin (Nagle, 2008). This makes the gate way theory valid.
"In most societies, marijuana and other drugs are termed illegal therefore are prohibited by law. A higher penalty is placed on an offender found peddling the drugs. They are therefore afraid to sell them to anyone who is not trusted. For you to develop trust as a buyer, you must first buy cheaper and less toxic substances like marijuana. Therefore people start abusing the substance as early as possible...."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Connolly, S. (2007). Marijuana: Straight talking. Minnesota, North Mankato: Smart Apple Media.
  • Gerber, J. R. (2004). Legalizing Marijuana: Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics. London: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Goode, E. (Ed.). (2010). Marijuana. New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.
  • Nagle, J. (2008). Marijuana. New York: The Rosen publishing group.
  • Smith, L. S. (1999).Marijuana: The drug abuse prevention library. New York: Rosen Publishing Group.

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