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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?

Recreational marijuana should be legal

Legalising marijuana would help to minimise its harms.

Access to medicinal cannabis is restricted

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.

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.

Legalizing marijuana would lessen the strain on police and prisons

A significant amount of resources are used to arrest and imprison people for marijuana offences. Legalizing marijuana will save the government time, money, space, and decrease racial injustice within prisons.

Personal freedom and marijuana

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

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.

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

Marijuana is a gateway drug. Those who try marijuana are more likely to try other, harder drugs. IT also increases a persons' vulnerability to addiction. Legalizing marijuana would lead to more people being addicted to dangerous and life-harming drugs.

Marijuana has negative health effects

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

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.

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This page was last edited on Friday, 24 Jan 2020 at 15:55 UTC