Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 The Opening To DevastationKaitlyn Burtch 8K Due: Friday, January 26th, 2018Imagine being hooked on a highly dangerous drug that could take away your life at any moment. Imagine having anxiety and panic attacks every day thinking about your health and what the outcomes will be. Imagine doing harmful things that you can’t even control. Marijuana is a type of reckless drug that can be used by smoking it in a cigarette or using it as an oil. Marijuana can cause several side effects on your body and mind. Marijuana should be illegal because it is very addictive, extremely unhealthy for mental and physical health and can cause a very dangerous lifestyle, putting your life at risk.Marijuana is a gateway drug. Once you get addicted, you are in danger. According to WebMD, people who continuously use this drug have a hard time stopping. You think that you are in control, however, that’s not the case. It is controlling you. In fact, it can encourage you to try something that is even more toxic. Once addicted, the high that was once felt from marijuana might not be as strong. Therefore, if someone hands you another dangerous drug like cocaine, you may not have the power to deny it. According to this New York Times Article, many people who are now addicted to heroin, started off with Marijuana. Also, according to Drugrehab.com, people who now have problems with Meth, Heroin and Cocaine drugs started with the milder substance drug such as Marijuana. Therefore, because of the proven gateway nature that Marijuana is to so many other dangerous drugs, Marijuana itself can be classified as so deadly.Marijuana completely changes who you are. It changes your behavior, personality and identity. Marijuana can cause mood swings, memory loss, breathing problems, vomiting, nausea, increased heart rate, poor lifestyle and can even have an effect on women who are pregnant.¨ Due to these characteristics, Marijuana can destroy your academic career, relationships and can put you to jail. According to WebMD, people who take this drug are more likely to get into a car crash then people who don’t take this drug. Marijuana is an extremely expensive drug. It can put your financial situation at risk. You may end up being taken advantage of you can end up owing drug dealers a lot of money. Marijuana can also make you lose the chance of being a guardian/parent of your children. According to Family Law and Cannabis Alliance website, Marijuana is often the cause of the most common family court cases whether it’s to do with the medical or social use of this drug. Money that’s been well earned will be spent on this drug instead of the important things that you need for living including, food and water, clothing, transportation and shelter. In summary, Marijuana is highly dangerous gateway drug that can cause serious addiction to other drugs like heroin, cocaine and meth. Marijuana breaks up families. Marijuana affects quality of life and takes away from financial goals and savings. In Canada, on July 1st, 2018 Marijuana will become legalized and be part of everyday Canadian culture. One has to ask, Is legalization of Marijuana worth the risks and what will be the long term ramifications of this new legislation?