At this time it is illegal to grow, store, and consume Marijuana in public, as Jamaica has found it to be harmful to the health and welfare of persons. In the United States, especially the States of California and Colorado, it is grown easily, but in their situation, there is some doubt as to its damaging effect on users. The fact that dealing in medical marijuana is lucrative, encourage traders to risk going into business; medical marijuana is said to be a refined version of the original.

  Alcohol usage twice a week showed deterioration of white cell tissue, in Colorado, according to one neuroscientist, while there was no deterioration in the use of marijuana. We actually were told that derivative medicinal drugs have shown results in efficacy in application; that is Cannasol, for the treatment of glaucoma, and asmasol for the treatment of Asthma. There are other beneficial effects, relaxation, anti-anxiety, and anti-nausea, among others, in general as useful.

But can this position be without question? We have been given numerous warnings about the deleterious effects of Cannabis over the past years. We have been told over again, from researchers in Jamaica and the USA, that the active ingredients in Cannabis, THC, and cannabinoids, have been shown to be harmful to the user, creating an addiction.

 The US Federal Government has not removed the stigma on this Addictive drug, and has not approved the transportation and sales of this item throughout the USA, so it is an illegal drug there in terms of Federal Regulations.

The California Police Chiefs Association says: “Legal proponents have to confirm how society will be enhanced, and how the social problems of our country will be improved by legalizing another product that compromises people’s five senses.” One said it “really ‘stinks’, more than tobacco and has the tendency to cling to clothing”.


Yet another study identifies the harmful effects of marijuana. For some people, smoking marijuana makes them feel good. Within minutes of inhaling, a user begins to feel “high,” or filled with pleasant sensations. THC triggers brain cells to release the chemical dopamine. Dopamine creates good feelings—for a short time. But that’s just one effect…

Imagine this: You’re in a cricket match, playing as a wicket keeper. An easy catch comes your way, and you’re elated. When that ball lands in your glove your team will win, and you’ll be a hero. But, you’re a little off; the ball grazes your glove and hits the dirt.

Such loss of coordination can be caused by smoking marijuana. And that’s just one of its many negative effects. Marijuana affects memory, judgment, and perception. Under the influence of marijuana, you could fail to remember things you just learned, watch your grade point average drop, or crash a car.

Also, since marijuana can affect judgment and decision making, using it can cause you to do things you might not do when you are thinking straight—such as engaging in risky sexual behavior, which can result in exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, like HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or getting in a car with someone who’s been drinking or is high on marijuana.

We have to consider whether we can control distribution of medicinal Marijuana.  Ganja is one drug being frequently abused in Jamaica, by teens that are dropping out of life; they are doing badly in school or leaving. They leave their family, their friends, and their sports, to smoke ganja (marijuana) all day.  This addiction, which is the immediate problem, needs to be resolved before any new bi-products are made available to the public. As parents, we must take the initiative, and stop this distressing trend.

(618 words,  24/06/2013 revision)




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