The rise of Marijuana use has come with increased reports of addiction-like symptoms and health issues, writes Annie Lowrey of The Atlantic. While it may not deserve being classified as a "Schedule I" drug, which is supposedly worse than Meth, Marijuana does have many downsides. The notion that it is only "psychologically" addictive, whereas other drugs are "physically" addictive misunderstands its dangers. Daily or near-daily use is now common among up to 40% of people that consume the drug. Loss of concentration, short-term memory and motivation are often cited as side effects. Society needs to better address the risks of smoking weed.
In a society that allows tobacco smoking and glorifies alcohol consumption, the legal crusade against Marijuana is widely excessive, argues Philip M. Boffey of The New York Times. Casual and infrequent consumption of it has been shown to have very limited health effects, if any. Problems only tend to arise with highly frequent use. In many regards, alcohol is a far more dangerous substance. A 1995 WHO study found that even if people smoked Marijuana as often as they drank alcohol, it would still not be as harmful. In general, its adverse health effects are not as clear as those of other, socially acceptable drugs. Society needs to change its perception of Marijuana.