I think a large part of the cannbis problem is that people use it irresponsibly. You get teenagers who smoke huge amounts of the strongest stuff they can find every single day; that's not good. There is considerably less problem in more mature people who use it now and then, don't get themselves wasted all the time, and are then able to function normally. As with most things, the key is moderation. Perhaps there is an argument for legislation, but with a higher age restriction.
Case for why cannabis should not be available to 18 year olds: One of my friends has devised the "Totally Hardcore Challenge", in which he and several of his friends will attempt to smoke an entire ounce of strong weed each within 24 hours. Silly people >.<
Really though you guys are missing the point. Cannabis itself is not really the problem. You have to smoke a hell of a lot of weed for it to have a major health risk. Medical Experts know this and so does the government. However what the big problem with Cannabis is, is that many people use it as a starting point to harder drugs, interviews with drug addicts shows that a incredible amount started on weed, and it is more than likely would have never made the jump to harder stuff if they havent.
I think the law is fine at the moment, it is pretty much legal at the moment anyway for my purposes, of course unless you are dealing. However if they actually enforce the laws on cannabis, they should really rethink on banning smoking and drinking, which are both much much much bigger issues in todays society. So overall I think the law should stay the same.
But it's easy for young people do get a hold of now. If it was 18+ it would be more difficult, don't you think?
[QUOTE=shadders] is that many people use it as a starting point to harder drugsQUOTE]
About a third of the teenagers I know have or do smoke weed on a regular basis. Only a handful take E's, coke, tabs etc.
I think it's the other way around - people who are more likely to try harder drugs are more likely to smoke pot regularly to fill in the time between highs.
To be honest, the only people who really care about the legalisation of cannabis are pot-heads.
absolutely. I think it should be legalised. But the only people I ever see/hear commenting on how it ought to be legalised are people who use it for recreational use, saying 'ooo but people in hospitals need it maaaaan'. Suuure, that;s reeeeally what u care about.
But the laws in this country are absolute bollox anyway. The police care more about putting away fraudulent businessmen who steal from fraudulent businessmen than rapists or helping people in need. What can you do though?
[QUOTE=FreedomtoFascism]It wouldn't be a gateway drug if it were legal though, seeing as it doesn't make its users want to try harder drugs/get a stronger high, so calling it a gateway drug in any respect isn't right.
If it was legal then yes it wouldnt be a gateway drug, but at the moment I think it is as it softens the line between different drug classes. You've already tried a class C drug and your life hasn't been wasted away. Would a class B be that much worse? Not that classes really mean a whole lot when it comes to how dangerous a drug is but thats a whole other argument lol.
There is no reason why cannabis should not be legalised, at all, for adult private use.
Haven't read through the thread, has anyone come up with a good reason at all?
I think the real reason behind the "we're not going to legalise it" lobby is that so many government bodies ban you from smoking cannabis. If suddenly it were legalised they wouldn't have the right to require this of you, thus undermining their authority.
Then again this could be 11pm sewage thought, who knows.