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The legalization of marijuana has been a touchy and taboo topic for many people for a great many years. Along with the topic of marijuana, another taboo topic that seems to have edged its way out of people’s minds is the benefits of marijuana can provide. It seems that most of the decision makers in power (political leaders) believe that the legalization of marijuana in Belize would not be good for the country because it would result in the youth becoming highly immoral and it would cause the crime rate to go up. This however, is just myth. It has not been proven that marijuana can make good people turn “bad,” and start committing crimes, unlike most designer drugs, which are highly addictive and cause the user to have uncontrollable desires for the drug that he or she uses. I know you probably are wondering what the benefits of marijuana could be. If you are, then like me, you will be interested in finding out how the nation of Belize could be, and would be positively affected if marijuana were legalized.
Belize is a very small country in terms of its population in relation to its size. For example, Suriname, which is about twice the size of Belize, has over 600,000 inhabitants. When we look at the size of Belize though, in terms of size it is still quite large. In order for anything large to benefit from a change, smaller sectors of the large organism must first benefit. For example, if we eat fruits and vegetables, we do not benefit immediately; first, our digestive tract works to extract nutrients and blood distributes them throughout the body, benefiting our organs and inner parts a little at a time. After the small parts inside our body benefit, we will see the benefits afterwards, but we will have been benefiting the entire time in small quantities. The same thing goes for a country. The individual people, Belize’s citizens, must first receive
According to Joan Bello. however. enhances both sides of the brain. which signifies relaxation. “[t]he Physical benefits of marijuana are far-reaching. is sent to the brain. which blends the thrusting competitive attitude with the contrasting viewpoint of nurturance to arrive at a more cooperative balance. More blood. but to the mental set of the subject. (Bello. This variation in the physiological effects has caused great confusion from an either/or . and relaxed. while. Because of the way marijuana impacts the Autonomic Nervous System [ANS] which expands the breath and relaxes the body. This experience is. and long-term. and cleaner blood. widespread. This is a physiological fact. the blood supply to the entire brain is increased. Intro) Marijuana. and only then. right brain reception is enhanced. The Benefits of Marijuana: Physical. and even strength. marijuana is energizing and affords alertness. Psychological & Spiritual). will the nation benefit. When we are mellow. The people of Belize would experience many physical and psychological benefits from the use of marijuana if it were legalized. And because of Parasympathetic dilation of capillaries. after the people have benefited. at the same time.benefits from the legalization of marijuana. left-brain perception is heightened. tired. the most noticeable effect. determination. not innate to marijuana. Through increased Sympathetic action. in our fast-paced mindset. More blood means more oxygen and consequently clearer and broader thinking. its potential for health and healing are enormous” (Joan Bello. by its effect on the ANS. as in the “fight or flight” reaction. Since marijuana works on both sides of the brain. is one of slowing down.
When the system is sluggish.. have a puff of a ganja (marijuana) pipe to produce well-being. the heart swells through capillary enhancement and is fueled more by more fully oxygenated blood. its contractions and expansions are greater. which equates to an unpredictable variation in effect that is solely dependent on the state of its subject. arthritis. as with natives in warm climates (Africa. they often perform poorly in their jobs as well but the “ingestion [of marijuana] has been shown to change the worried state by producing alpha waves. Through much research and investigations. simultaneously. It both stimulates and relaxes. marijuana has been used extensively and for centuries to energize it: common practices among laborers. allowing for stronger pumping action to the rest of the body. When we ingest marijuana. When people are stressed out. page 36) and happiness. they would be able to perform even more effectively in their workplace since a person who feels “well” and is not “fatigued” works almost doubly as efficiently as a person who is sad or depressed or tired. asthma. experienced as well being” (Bello. 1939.framework. relieve fatigue. and at the same time. India. and South America). and most recently. as a drug that helps serious “psychosomatic . (Chopra and Chopra.. And the balancing nature of marijuana (both/and) has not been understood. and stimulate appetite. When looking at the physical benefits of marijuana we must look at the benefits of marijuana on an individual’s health. p. scientists and doctors have discovered that marijuana can be used as a combatant against diseases such as glaucoma.3) If the people of Belize were allowed to purchase and use marijuana without being criminals. while.
tropical country. And a broader perspective through activation of the entire brain leads to positive feelings and thus eliminates the usual and debilitating attitudes so common in cancer helplessness. from our bodies.diseases” (Bello. which would effectively eliminate the built up toxicity and. at the same time. resignation. they will work harder and the business sector as well as the tourism sector (a part of the business sector) will inevitably flourish. If the people of Belize are healthy and they are energetic and have a sense of well being. “the causal element of unconscious pain can be ferreted out. the breath can be restored to fullness. depression. and dread (Fisher. Here again we see that the smaller organs and parts benefit before we do because poisons are cleansed in our cells and thus. marijuana gives strength where weakness exists. but even better for them. and since it works holistically. Tourism would become even more important to the economy since the younger tourists may be attracted to the thought of going to an exotic. enjoining balance throughout the whole organism. marijuana has many benefits on the physical well being of people and on their health. fear. and expansion and relaxation where there is contraction and nervousness. Page 83). . A depressed system is a weakened system. As we can see. How would marijuana benefit cancer patients you may ask? Well. Page 93) such as cancer. The more richly oxygenated blood that is in effect with marijuana can help to cleanse the poisons at the cellular level.
and even more attractive. If the people of Belize who sell marijuana and grow marijuana were allowed to grow and sell their products. tourism would inevitably increase. the economy w be benefited since they farmers would be allowed to grow more crops. Earlier I mentioned that the crime rate would be reduced. This country has a population that is about 53 times that of Belize and they have experienced a 22 percent (Ministerie van Economische Zaken website) fall in violent crimes since marijuana has been legalized. bettering our economy. If this happens. this would eliminate them from the crime stats in Belize. especially in Amsterdam (also known as the marijuana capital of the world) (Ministerie van Economische Zaken website). They could grow and harvest marijuana legally and any store could sell it. The legalization of marijuana in the Netherlands has caused a large influx of tourism. . If marijuana were legalized in Belize. which would erase that statistic from the books as a contributing factor to our crime rate. My second reason that I have come to this conclusion is that it has worked for nations in Europe in which the legalization of marijuana has occurred. they can sell it to the stores or marijuana sellers. the act that has been decriminalized is no longer a crime. most obvious reason is that if any act is decriminalized. The first. If the farmers grow it. One of the most prominent and most widely known countries where marijuana’s legalization has caused a significant drop in crime is the Netherlands. an exotic tropical country where they are allowed to smoke marijuana legally and have less fear for crime since Belize’s crime rate will have decreased. which would promote more businesspersons to work.
Eventually. Another reason that the economy of Belize would be positively affected by the legalization of marijuana is that tourism would increase since many people would be attracted to the idea of going to a tropical country with a low crime rate and one where the use of marijuana is legal and the farmers would be able to grow and harvest their crops and sell them in Belize. In conclusion. These are only a few of the many benefits and reasons why marijuana’s legalization should occur. If the people in Belize are benefited and are doing well in their jobs and committing fewer crimes. the selling of marijuana may eliminate cigarettes from Belize. 1530 words . the crime rate in Belize would be reduced and the economy would be benefited tremendously. which are more harmful and deadly to people and cause more health related problems than marijuana. I must reinforce the thought that the legalization of marijuana in Belize would bring many benefits to the people’s health as well as their physical and psychological well-being.