The Legalization Of Cannabis Debate 

The debate surrounding the legalization of cannabis is an interesting and heated one. It could have serious implications for the whole of our society and depending on which side of the fence you sit on, it is good or bad.

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The debate surrounding the legalization of cannabis is an important one for all of us to be aware of. If cannabis was legalized, it would have major implications for the whole of our society.

Let’s have a quick debrief of the main debating points in this very heated debate.

Does decriminalization mean less use overall?

A common belief among the pro-cannabis lobby is that if you were to decriminalize cannabis, then it would ultimately lead to less use overall. They use examples in Portugal to back this claim that decriminalization will reduce the usage within the population.

Opposers of the legalization of cannabis will reject this and point out that just because the use of cannabis is not reported through law enforcement, that certainly does not mean it is not being used within society.

The fact that alcohol and cigarettes are legal has not done anything to slow down their usage within our society, even though we all know using these substances is bad for us.

If it doesn’t affect anyone else…

Pro-Cannabis

Those who advocate widespread cannabis use will argue that if it does not affect anyone else then why shouldn’t we be able to make the decision to smoke cannabis, even if it is bad for us?

If we, as a society, can smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol knowing it is bad for us, then why shouldn’t we be able to consume an arguably less harmful product?

No Cannabis

The no cannabis lobby will argue that using it would affect everyone around you. If you become mentally ill from using cannabis, then who is going to look after you other than your family or the government?

This puts a strain on everyone involved in the users care because they selfishly consumed a product knowing that it could potentially cause everlasting harm to them.

They will use Portugal as a prime example. Cannabis use is treated as a medical problem, and their healthcare bill has hit the roof since 2001. Even though we don’t immediately see the effects of this, we will either through higher taxes or a less able healthcare system.

The failed War On Drugs

Pro-Cannabis

Advocates of cannabis use will point out that the war on drugs has failed miserably. Ever since it began, there has been nothing but gang wars, deaths, addiction and failure of the police force to catch those involved in the illegal trading of drugs.

For this reason, they argue that legalizing it and monitoring the sale of the drugs will make it safer for the user and will get rid of the crime relating to the sale of cannabis.

No Cannabis

Opposers of cannabis will argue that the war on drugs has failed because law enforcement has been targetting the wrong people. They have been going after the supply rather than the demand.

Attempting to track down a group of drug dealers when you have no leads is a difficult thing which takes a lot of effort, it is important but should certainly not be the polices first port of call.

Rather than targeting the drug dealers, they should look to treat people caught with the possession of cannabis as committing a criminal offence. We are currently too soft on people caught with this on their person and if the police force would only enforce the law, then we would have far less cannabis use in society.

What do you think?

Most people today have had an experience with the drug cannabis. Some experiences are good while others are bad. We would love to hear your opinion on this very important matter so please comment below to have your say.

14 thoughts on “The Legalization Of Cannabis Debate ”

  1. I’m pro cannabis mainly because I see it as having more potential for good than other recreational substances (in a medical sense, I think there’s still more to discover of its benefits). Monetarily, it would be great for tax revenue. And just as a social choice. I’m not the biggest fan of alcohol and I find weed is much better suited for my personality, which prefers to hang out and relax with a few friends, rather than go out partying hard. I think the argument that weed will make you a burden on others should be applied equally to tobacco and particularly alcohol, yet the debate isn’t really shifted onto those substances.

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      1. I don’t think it’d be too burdensome, so many people already use it illegally, so I don’t think it will have that much of a dramatic effect. I think it’s a matter of practically, tax revenue, less people overburdening prisons, more research on its actual effects. Plus I simply just prefer it as an alternative to alcohol 😜 There’s negatives with marijuana, but I think the positives ultimately outweigh it

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      2. Currently we are learning a lot about cannabis and its effects on its users. Most health professionals are against the legalization of it. Would you prefer a burden on prisons or a burden on society?

        Do you think that legalizing cannabis would lead to less use?

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      3. I don’t think it would lead to less use, there would definitely be an increase, but it wont be dramatic. There are case examples in Washington, Colorado and Oregon. None seem to be having any new major issues or burdens. Besides, at least tax revenue from marijuana could help pay for some negative effects. Currently, having it criminalised means the money has to come from other places that could be better spent.

        I wasn’t aware health professionals were against it, seeing as though medicinal use has been growing across the world at quite a fast rate over the past few decades. Something must be working with it and attitudes among health professionals mustn’t be too negative, since this trend keeps growing.

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      4. Have another look at Portugal. Since it has been legalised drug use overall has risen. People take it regularly on the streets.

        One quick truism which is important. Crime has gone down obviously because if you decriminalise it then it’s not a crime, but that doesn’t get rid of it’s bad effects.

        What does most of the serial killings in the us and across the world have in common? They were all drug users in one form or another.

        Health professionals ( doctors pharmacists) are against its legalization mostly

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      5. Portugal hasn’t legalised drug use, but rather decriminalised. Quite a bug difference. And most sources say that its been a great success, reducing health issues like HIV and drug use has risen similarly to lthe European countries where it is fully legal. Here’s a source:
        https://news.vice.com/article/ungass-portugal-what-happened-after-decriminalization-drugs-weed-to-heroin

        I think I disagree with you on this medical professional thing. I came across this source:
        https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/24/medical-experts-call-for-global-drug-decriminalisation

        Besides, if you look at the US, look at all those dangerous legal opiates which are leading to overdose rates skyrocketting. At least you cant OD off cannabis.

        Finally that point about serial killers. Do you have any evidence for that one, because that’s a pretty big statement saying all were drug users? I can see this as partially true, but most definitely not all of them. Serial killers motives are often very psychologically difficult to pin down, so you cant just blame drugs.

        This debate was about just cannabis by the way!

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      6. I would say drug isnt a cause of murders and massacres, it may contrubute, but there are so many factors and variables involved: correlation doesnt equal causation. Many of the points mentioned in that article are quite debatable , more opinion rather than fact (like cannabis isnt necessarily a gateway drug all the time).

        I’ve got a feeling that neither of us is going to be swayed. But this has been quite an enjoyable debate. I think both of us raised good points.
        Thanks, its good to have civil debate on the internet 😄

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      7. I guess I would be pro tobacco too. I dont smoke myself, but I guess I’m a bit of a libertarian in these matters

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