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Should recreational marijuana be legal?

Following a public outcry over the case of Billy Caldwell, a 12-year-old boy with epilepsy who was prohibited from bringing back a life-changing supply of cannabis oil from Canada, the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has now been made legal in the UK. Unsurprisingly this has re-ignited the ongoing question: should we legalise the recreational use of cannabis?
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Recreational marijuana should be legal

Legalising marijuana would help to minimise its harms.

Access to medicinal cannabis is restricted to a small group of people

Currently, medicinal cannabis is only prescribed through the NHS is a child or adult has a rare form of epilepsy, or if an individual experiences vomiting or nausea as a result of chemotherapy. However, there are many other instances in which the use of cannabis is beneficial in alleviating certain side effects, such is the case for Lyme disease. Explore

Legalising marijuana would lessen strain on law enforcement

A significant amount of resources is used arresting and imprisoning people for marijuana offences. Explore

Personal freedom and marijuana

Just as we allow adults to consume alcohol, adults should have the freedom to use marijuana if they desire. Explore

Legal marijuana can be controlled and regulated

The composition of legal cannabis can be guaranteed by a trusted organization (a state or an association for example). Thus, the consumers will be protected from added substances present in street cannabis. Explore

Marijuana as a source of tax revenue

By legalising and then taxing marijuana, governments can gain a significant source of revenue. Explore

No, cannabis should only be used for medical purposes.

The drug isn't valuable to society outside of medical use.

Marijuana is a gateway drug

Those who try marijuana are more likely to try other, harder drugs. Explore

Marijuana has negative health effects

Marijuana has been linked to numerous health problems, and should not be sanctioned by the state. Explore

Marijuana is addictive

Marijuana has been shown to be addictive. Legalising it will only make this worse. Explore
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