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    (Original post by sleepysnooze)
    what's the difference really, though? legality in practice and illegality in name? why not just legalise? doesn't that sound wayyyy less complicated and convoluted? what has been the issue legalising it in the various states of the USA? do we take this stance with alcohol, for instance?
    when you legalise it you need to make laws around it, taxes etc. for example alcohol, you need a special license and you can't sell to under 18s, stuff around import/export etc. When you decriminalise it's just like it doesn't exist, or for example barcelona(not sure if this is still the case there) you were allowed to grow it, smoke it, have it, but not allowed to sell it or buy it. also some states for example, have legalised it for medical use only (aka you need a prescription to have it) while some others legalised recreational use.
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    (Original post by elekro)
    legalising it will bring more responsibilities and complications to the country, so decriminalising it may be a better option. The dutch model is good, as they have separated the markets, and the use of the drug is much more controlled. It is not legal there, it's actually illegal but tolerated to a certain degree.
    It's an improvement on the UK but with it still being strictly illegal to produce in any quantity, the coffee shops still rely on organised crime for their supply. I believe most cannabis in Amsterdam is actually grown in Germany, is of relatively low quality and often contains contaminants.
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    (Original post by elekro)
    when you legalise it you need to make laws around it, taxes etc.
    what's the problem with that? is that necessarily "complex"? surely it's complicated when it's decriminalised regarding to knowledge of how these issues will be dealt with?

    for example alcohol, you need a special license and you can't sell to under 18s, stuff around import/export etc. When you decriminalise it's just like it doesn't exist, or for example barcelona(not sure if this is still the case there) you were allowed to grow it, smoke it, have it, but not allowed to sell it or buy it.
    so that's just as confused as the prostitution laws in sweden where it's legal to be a prostitute but illegal to be a client

    also some states for example, have legalised it for medical use only (aka you need a prescription to have it) while some others legalised recreational use.
    surely that's fine if they have separate jurisdictions in their federal structure?
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    (Original post by liberty cap)
    It's an improvement on the UK but with it still being strictly illegal to produce in any quantity, the coffee shops still rely on organised crime for their supply. I believe most cannabis in Amsterdam is actually grown in Germany, is of relatively low quality and often contains contaminants.
    it's true, that's why it's not legal there because by legalising it they would have to bother with cultivation issues and have problems with the criminals. Also people would still buy quantities illegally because it would be maybe cheaper, no taxes etc.

    I'd be very interested to see what would happen if a country legalised/decriminalised ONLY the cultivation. :P
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    (Original post by elekro)
    when you legalise it you need to make laws around it, taxes etc. for example alcohol, you need a special license and you can't sell to under 18s, stuff around import/export etc. When you decriminalise it's just like it doesn't exist, or for example barcelona(not sure if this is still the case there) you were allowed to grow it, smoke it, have it, but not allowed to sell it or buy it. also some states for example, have legalised it for medical use only (aka you need a prescription to have it) while some others legalised recreational use.
    Ah yes, I much prefer the Spainish system of decriminalization but that relies of a constitution that guarantees the right to personal and family privacy, not much chance of that here. They get round the buying and selling by having cannabis social clubs that are also protected by the constitution.
 
 
 
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