Should cannabis be legalised?

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Put forward your pro and anti arguments.

I don't think it should, for many reasons involving ethics, the law, health etc.

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Put forward your pro and anti arguments.

I don't think it should, for many reasons involving ethics, the law, health etc.

Adumbrate your argument (more than I have)....


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Yeah sure why not.

But having said that i still think that stoners are worthless scumbags

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Yes. If alcohol and tabacco are legal, despite being proven more harmful than cannabis, then I cannot see any reasonable justification for cannabis remaining illegal. In addition, if it was legalised, it could be regulated and taxed, thereby making it safer for users whilst creating a very significant new tax revenue for the government.
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Yes. If alcohol and tabacco are legal, despite being proven more harmful than cannabis, then I cannot see any reasonable justification for cannabis remaining illegal. In addition, if it was legalised, it could be regulated and taxed, thereby making it safer for users whilst creating a very significant new tax revenue for the government.
cannabis gives very different effects than alcohol; for example paranoia, increased heart beat, increased sensitivity, radical change in consciousness .. it could be debated if allowing such a powerful drug is ethical.

On the over hand no one has ever died of its use so the worst that can happen is a bad trip for a couple of hours.
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cannabis gives very different effects than alcohol; for example paranoia, increased heart beat, increased sensitivity, radical change in consciousness .. it could be debated if allowing such a powerful drug is ethical.
Alcohol can cause liver disease, nerve damage, breathing difficulties, unconsciousness ETC
It's pretty easy to list the negatives.

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Cannabis should be legalised. What people do to their bodies should not be dictated by others – they should have the liberty to decide what they do to their bodies, within reason, of course.

The question is, it is reasonable to allow this to proceed with cannabis? Yes.

There is an incredibly low risk of abuse, for example, compared to alcohol and tobacco – while cannabis leads to dependence in around 9% of its users, 20% of cocaine users and 25% of heroine users become addicted, while a legal substance, tobacco, causes 30% of its users to become addicted, many of whom go on to die as a result. Meanwhile, cannabis gives out no significant risk of death, and those who say that it can lead to morphine, heroine or cocaine addiction are simply wrong. Firstly, it’s because they’re using a fallacious slippery slope argument and secondly it’s because the evidence contradicts their false assertion – a study by the New York Academy of Science showed that cannabis did not lead to addiction to the aforementioned three drugs.

Aside from the lack of evidence against cannabis, the evidence for its medicinal use is compelling – numerous people can only cure or decrease seizures and pain with cannabis. Although cannabis can lead to a reduction in IQ during childhood and teenage years, due to the brain developing, this is exactly why it should be regulated, just like tobacco: tobacco, too, leads to a reduction in life expectancy.

Financially, it’s also beneficial – money needn’t be wasted on the “war on drugs” when the government could actually make a profit from selling cannabis. Not only that, but it would reduce the amount of money that black market criminals get for selling it illegally.

Further reading: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/08/he...ind-marijuana/
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(Original post by demx9)
cannabis gives very different effects than alcohol; for example paranoia, increased heart beat, increased sensitivity, radical change in consciousness .. it could be debated if allowing such a powerful drug is ethical.

On the over hand no one has ever died of its use so the worst that can happen is a bad trip for a couple of hours.
Pretty much this:

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Alcohol can cause liver disease, nerve damage, breathing difficulties, unconsciousness ETC
It's pretty easy to list the negatives.
Not to mention impairing judgement, increasing propensity for violence etc

There was a pretty comprehensive study conducted by David Nutt et al that concludes that alcohol and tabacco are more harmful than cannabis. Here's simple diagram based on that study:

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there's literally no coherent reason why not if you have cigarettes and alcohol legal - cannabis is like a teenager's drug and alcohol is a "big-boy's" drug if you're talking about the effects. so having weed criminalised when it is much more tame makes no sense at all. it's like banning semi-automatics but not machine guns
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Cannabis is the overrated drug ever. People act like it can cure cancer lol

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I clicked on this because I thought the thread title said "cannibals"
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Put forward your pro and anti arguments.

I don't think it should, for many reasons involving ethics, the law, health etc.

Adumbrate your argument (more than I have)....


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Yes. The main reasons being: the racial and class disparities in arrests, the fact that, even if there is a link between cannabis and mental health problems, there is more of a link between prison and mental health problems meaning it's defeating the purpose and the low physical risks associated with it.
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Yeh I think weed definitely should be legalized it. Then at least everyone would shut up about it. I spent about a year of my life constantly absolutely blazed and it was pretty good but Jesus Christ the conversations about legalization get really dull after a while.
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Its damaging but if it is 'far less damaging' than alcohol (which there's no strong evidence for) but even if it was, there are already two poisons in society, why add another one? Or a fourth and then a fifth.

Making something legal doesn't make it less wrong nor would it reduce crime as some people say.

Being for it merely for economic gain is ludicrous, law is there for where mortality isn't strong, economic gain for the government by making something no longer a crime doesn't not get rid of crime nor solve anything for that matter, especially if you agree that it is very damaging, if you don't think that or you actually think it's a benefit to health then I'm afraid there's not much point of us carrying on.


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Its damaging but if it is 'far less damaging' than alcohol (which there's no strong evidence for)
Yes there is.
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All drugs should be legalized.
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Yes, just make it illegal to be high while driving etc and dont allow people to smoke in public
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(Original post by King Kebab)
All drugs should be legalized.
Yeah.....heroin and cocaine down the off license

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Yes there is.
The correlation between cannabis and mental health problems has grown consistently as cannabis use has gone up. The abject lie that cannabis is a soft drug doesn't seem to get through to people. And the idea that it cures cancer is laughable.


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All drugs should be legalized.
lol are u high on kebab ?
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