IMO it should be legalised, controlled and taxed and the fact that it has health issues for a minority of people should be considered acceptable risk given that the potential downside is nowhere near as bad as alcohol.
Ah....you wouldn't say that if, as I have, you had a relative who tried cannabis just once and is now schizophrenic as a result. The effect on him and his family is catastrophic.
A friend of mine is a clinical psychologist who tells me that it is well known in his professional circles that psychosis is a very common and much under-estimated outcome of dabbling with cannabis.
okocha tragic as it is that your relative was affected in this way I don't think this undermines the points that WL makes in his original post. It is a simple fact that the "war on drugs" has been a expensive and total failure - similar in many ways to the American attempt at prohibition.
If cannabis is legalised it will be controlled in the same way as alcohol and the strength of it regulated. Some people become alcoholics but I don't think this justifies banning alcohol for everyone. Do you think it should be banned?
And as for the government taking away medicinal cannabis needed by some epilepsy sufferers when it is legal in many other countries, surely you agree that this is wrong.
It is tragic Okocha and I have a son who has mental health problems that are likely to have been activated by weed, but there are massive differences in the chemical make up of people and so statistically some people will be damaged by taking on board almost any substance.
The Government may be protective of the alcohol industry because of the income and the strength of the alcohol lobby but a clearer example of double standards is hard to come by, especially when every scientific report on the matter confirms that cannabis is substantially less damaging than alcohol.This report
* 30k deaths directly from alcohol in the USA in one year v Zero deaths from weed. That figure excludes alcohol-related accidents and homicides.
* Marijuana is less addictive than alcohol
* Weed can increase your heart rate which may increase the risk of heart failure whilst moderate alcohol consumption may reduce heart rate, however there are no reported cases of cardiac arrest directly related to weed
* Alcohol is related to several types of cancer whilst weed is not
* Both drugs are linked with risks in driving but alcohol is worse
* Several studies link alcohol with violence, especially domestic violence, but weed is not
* Both alcohol and weed are linked to potential mental health problems - depression and anxiety for alcohol users, schizophrenia and psychosis for weed users
* Overall, neither drug is good for you but the risk of problems are greater with alcohol.
When you add the economic and control angle it does seem on balance that if alcohol is legal so too should weed be, however the booze industry is so powerful - and perceives weed as a competitor - that the Government is protecting them.