Legalising Cannabis. Is it good for society?

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I noticed on Facebook, as it is a website I regularly use, that one of my friends was supporting a petition for the legalisation for Cannabis, currently a Class B drug. We had a conversation about this on Facebook, and that got me thinking if the legalisation of Cannabis really is a good idea…

For those unsure on what Cannabis is, Cannabis comes in many different forms. Hash or solid is cannabis resin, which is a dark or light brown solid. Marijuana or grass is the dried leaves and flowers of the plant. Some varieties of the Cannabis plant are more potent, and these are often referred to as Skunk.

It’s effects are as follows: Dope will make you chill out and smile a lot. You might get the giggles and feel really hungry. All of your senses will be heightened. Food tastes delicious and music sounds really fab. You might lose track of time. So in general the effects make you feel really good.

However, there is also a flip side which cannot be ignored, Tobacco and Cannabis share a lot in common. It’s health effects are similar in some ways to Tobacco eg; it can cause respiratory problems and can even lead to lung cancer in the worst cases.

Among other effects, Cannabis is known to be associated with an increase in the risk of later developing psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia; and if you have a family background of mental illness, you may also have an increased risk.

As previously stated, Cannabis is a Class B Drug which the maximum penalty for possession is five years in prison, and for supply you can get 14 years in prison. You can get an unlimited fine for both.

People, such as my friend Charlie, support the legalisation of Cannabis. His arguments for this included the clear point that A drug like cannabis, which in moderate use cannot be as bad, is Class B, when a drug such as Ketamine, a horse tranquilizer which is addictive and can destroy people’s bladder is a class C illegal drug.

I am aware of people using the drug for recreational use, but in countries such as America, people take cannabis when they suffer from Terminal illness, to alleviate the pain, similar to Morphine, which is a relative of Heroin. I asked my friends what they thought, and here are some of their responses:

Sarah- SHOULD- WORLD PEACE! SHOULD- WORLD PEACE!

Cariah- Legalised

Ben J: I’m not sure. But it should not be abused or overused if you do not know the effects.

Ellie: Yep it should be legal just age restricted, your life and your choices:)

So, judging from the response I got, all the people who responded believed that Marijuana should be legalised, but with controls and regulations to ensure safety. So, therefore, the drug should be legalised. Or should it?

I was reading a newspaper, and I found out that a lady in the UK is the first lady to be killed by Cannabis. I have a link to the story here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548669/Devout-Christian-mother-three-31-woman-Britain-DIE-cannabis-poisoning-smoking-joint-bed.html

So, Should Cannabis be legalised. As someone who considers himself straight edge, I cannot support the legalisation of Cannabis, because it is a drug, and I am drug free. I feel that drugs destroy lives, It hurts the user, their families, their bank accounts, and their friends. If Cannabis were to be legalised, it would have strict controls, perhaps age restrictions and special reasons for using it. I don’t think it should be legalised for recreational use.

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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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