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?
Recreational marijuana should be legal
Legalising marijuana would help to minimise its harms.
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.
Marijuana as a source of tax revenue
By legalising and then taxing marijuana, governments can gain a significant source of revenue.
Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco
Alcohol and tobacco are legal, but cause far more deaths than marijuana. There is no reason marijuana should be illegal while alcohol and tobacco are legal.
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.
Legalising marijuana would lessen strain on law enforcement and prisons
A significant amount of resources is used arresting and imprisoning people for marijuana offences.
Personal freedom and marijuana
Just as we allow adults to consume alcohol, adults should have the freedom to use marijuana if they desire.
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.
Legalising marijuana benefits the black market
Legalising marijuana serves to make it more popular, which only serves to help the organised crime units that profit from it.
Marijuana has negative health effects
Marijuana has been linked to numerous health problems, and should not be sanctioned by the state.
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