Popular culture tends to drill into the minds of the young that marijuana is virtually harmless. Thus, I wasn’t surprised to see that the Pew Research Center has reported that 63% of millennial Republicans support the legalization of the drug.
The Hill reported in Tuesday’s edition that Millenials, people born after 1981, are driving the trend, and support the use of Pot in much higher use than their elders.
Personally, I think public school has a lot to do with it, too, but that’s another blog post.
The Pew study also found that millenial Republicans do not support Pot’s legalization in as high numbers as do their Democratic and Libertarian peers. Additionally, many libertarian Republicans are big supporters of de-crimilizing this and other illicit drugs.
There is a reason why these drugs are illegal. People who believe regular use is harmless, have been smoking, well, too much pot.
Doctors say that “smoking pot can increase your heart rate by as much as two times for up to 3 hours. That’s why some people have a heart attack right after they use marijuana. It can increase bleeding, lower blood pressure, and affect your blood sugar, too.
Web MD reports
Other physical effects of marijuana include:
- Shallow breathing
- Red eyes and dilated pupils
- Dry mouth
- Increased appetite
- Slowed reaction time (If you drive after using marijuana, your risk of being in a car accident more than doubles.)
If you’re a long-time user, you can have physical withdrawal symptoms — like cravings, irritability, sleeplessness, and less appetite — when you stop.”