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Cannabis is a class B drug

One big reason why cannabis should be legal

We live in strange times. Only a few days ago, Sky News was reporting how health activists are lobbying the government to do something about an incredibly dangerous substance.

Some frightful harridan told viewers how little was being done to stop its consumption and that this amounted to a scandal.

The substance was salt. The woman, who represents an organisation called Action on Salt, was disturbed by the fact that sugar was getting lots of attention at the cost of salt.

That was last week. This week it is the turn of another substance to generate a debate: cannabis.

Lord Hague admitted the war against had been lost. Police officers are urging politicians to rethink the legislation which prohibits its use. Parents demand the law around medicinal use is changed in order to help their children. An east Kent GP tells the Canterbury Journal that it is not a dangerous drug. Justin Trudeau’s government in Canada has legislated to make it legal.

Meanwhile, in the residential streets of Canterbury, in the parks, and in people’s homes, its pungent aroma is everywhere.

For an activity that is – according to the letter of the law – criminal, few seem to care either that they risk the authorities arresting for them or that their neighbours might frown upon their behaviour.

And why should they? The only people they are harming are themselves.

There are numerous reasons cannabis should be legalised. It would generate revenue through taxation. It would not act as a millstone around the necks of police officers who must technically take action when they encounter it. It would take its production out of the hands of organised criminals. It would no longer serve as the gateway to other drugs. It causes far fewer public order issues than alcohol.

But the truth is there is one gigantic reason for legalising it: freedom – the freedom to make choices about how we wish to lead our lives.

So long as an people’s life does not interfere with the activities of others, then they should be free to do what they want.

It’s not complicated.

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5 responses to “One big reason why cannabis should be legal”

  1. Bob Britnell says:

    OK Alex, legalise away but when you are hospitalised with psychosis or schizophrenia please go private so that I don’t have to pick up the tab via the NHS; freedom to harm ourselves is wonderful thing but its not the people doing the self harm who pick up the bills, its the rest of us.

    • Danny Dillon says:

      It’s a common misconception that cannabis causes schizophrenia and psychosis, when in fact it only affects those that are predisposed to mental health issues. I would suggest that you do more up to date research, there have been some very informative studies carried out since, 2004.

    • Mac says:

      So, people who wouldn’t get psychosis do get it because of cannabis.

      You’ve just played yourself.

    • Jason says:

      The point your not getting here is that it’s use is catastrophically widespead that it may aswell be legal people are going to continue to use canabbis regardless therefore your statement is completely invalid regardless of the law were all picking the tab up still not going stop me fireing up the bong when I get home from work tho.

  2. Interesting. I hate drugs and I think people who take them are idiots, but I tend to agree with Alex’s last point: people should have the freedom to do really stupid things as long as it’s only themselves they are harming.
    It’s not quite that simple though. As Bob points out, cannabis is linked to mental health issues (yes, Danny, one may well have to have a predisposition but that doesn’t really matter; it is surely better that that predisposition is never triggered) which cost the NHS money. But drinking, smoking, stress, being too fat, being too thin, taking part in dangerous sports, having babies: these and lots of other things all cost the NHS money too and come about through choice. Why are drugs worse?
    The way I always up feeling about the legalisation of drugs is this: morally I can’t argue against the freedom of adults to make their own choices but instinctively, I feel viscerally opposed to anything which increases or renders acceptable their use.

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