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Marijuana is illegal and should stay illegal

Is it time the UK decriminalised drugs? Calling for cannabis to be fully legalised, Hague wrote: This battle is effectively over. So what are the pros and cons of legalising drugs in the UK? Cannabis has been classified as a Class B drug in the UK since 2008 and carries a prison sentence of up to five years for possession.

  1. Although many people in the US want Marijuana to be legal, it should not be.
  2. Age restrictions on alcohol does not prevent all teenagers from drinking, so restrictions on marijuana will likely have the same effect. Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia have since followed suit.
  3. This follows along with the first two items, but if Leftists are anything, they are stickers for being though in going after every civil liberty they can.

Both of those drugs are now sold by highly commercialised industries who thrive off addiction for profit. This would create stability and peace in drug-producing nations.

This is the view of the Home Office, which said in May: Drugs sold by dealers are often cut with harmful substances, increasing the risk of suffering adverse effects. The result is that current UK drug policy has led to the highest ever rate of deaths from overdose. Francis is a native of Argentina, which borders Uruguay, where cannabis is now legally grown and smoked. The international development organisation says the money could be used to plug the gap in the NHS budget.

Seven reasons why marijuana should stay Illegal

But we can see the potential benefits from a taxation perspective if we were to regulate it. Health Poverty Action says it would free up the police and judicial systems to address more serious or violent crime and reduce the overall prison burden. What countries have legalised drugs? Portugal has led the way in decriminalising the possession of small quantities of any drug since 2001, in a radical experiment that has become the test case for many countries looking to reform their drug laws.

Across Europe, 14 countries have brought in various decriminalisation models for the medical or recreational sale of cannabis.

What are the pros and cons of legalising drugs?

In December 2013, Uruguay became the first nation to make it legal to grow, consume and sell cannabis. That said, all sales must pass through a government-run marketplace. Twenty-three US states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana for medical purposes and Washington became the first to permit the recreational use of the plant in 2012, despite a federal ban. Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia have since followed suit. Cannabis went on sale in Washington in July 2014.

Canada has also joined the marijuana gold rush and is set to become the first G7 country to fully legalise cannabis after lawmakers this week passed a bill that would allow the growing, selling and consumption of cannabis for medical and recreational use. The legislation must still pass the Senate - which could delay, but not block it - and receive royal assent by the governor general before becoming law, likely by September, says MedicalXpress.

  1. It revealed that while cannabis use was generally higher in the states that had passed medical marijuana legislation before 2014, the passage of such laws did not affect the rate of marijuana use in those states.
  2. If true, once legalized, more teenagers will use marijuana and possibly abuse other drugs. Age restrictions on alcohol does not prevent all teenagers from drinking, so restrictions on marijuana will likely have the same effect.
  3. Drug Enforcement Administration DEA that it is useful for medical purposes and should be kept that way.
  4. Parenthetically speaking, if they could get a majority of the people to vote for their wondrous socialist agenda, they would have no need to work the courts to put it in place by the back door of the Judicial branch of the government.

In fact, we now stand closer to countries such as Russia, China, Indonesia and Singapore. What happens when drugs are decriminalised? Multiple studies of what happened in Portugal show the hugely positive impact decriminalisation has had over the past 15 or so years.

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The country has an extremely low rate of overdose deaths and has reduced the number of HIV-positive people addicted to drugs. It has also saved millions of euros in prison expenses while the level of drug use has not gone up. The legalisation of cannabis in some US states has not led to a rise in adolescent use, a US study found.

It revealed that while cannabis use was generally higher in the states that had passed medical marijuana legislation before 2014, the passage of such laws did not affect the rate of marijuana use in those states.

British experts pushing for medicinal and research use of the drug welcomed the news. Advertisement Sign up for our daily newsletter Newsletter.