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Should Cannabis be legalised?

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Should Cannabis be legalised? Should people be allowed to smoke cannabis in the streets? Is there a reason for it to be illegal? The answer here is no and yes, but we do seem to be edging towards the reality of cannabis being legal. The reason for this is because it can be known as a medical drug if legalised. In this essay I will make it clear to you why it could be legalised and I will display why it is illegal, then I will display a conclusion and my theory on the outcome of an argument like this. Cannabis is an illegal drug for one main reason, it harms people. It can lead to AIDS and other STD's. You may have heard the phrase "Get high, Get stupid, Get AIDS" it means exactly what it says, because we all know that Cannabis will get people who use it "high". ...read more.

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One in particular is Multiple scleroses. This drug is used to help the back in this disease and does help the back when it is in severe pain. If this drug became legal it would be a great pain relief to those with back problems, but there would be consequences. It would be legal for people to get a hold of the drug, and therefore would be easier for people wanting the drug for leisure purposes to get hold of the drug. In March 2002, there was a report released from the advisory council on the misuse of drugs, and it was commissioned by the Home Office. It had points in it that made cannabis out to sound as if it could be legal. It said, "Its dependence potential is substantially less that tobacco or alcohol" meaning that it is less addictive than tobacco and less addictive that alcohol, which are two legal substances. ...read more.

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It is a similar effect as that of alcohol. But is less addictive than alcohol or tobacco. It has another advantage as well, that is that it can help some medical conditions especially severe back pain. As it is illegal it leads the casual user into the underworld of drugs, perhaps onto hard drugs too, but if it were to be legalised it would not lead the user to the underworld or to the hard drugs. It also consumes a lot of police time, which could be used on other things. There doesn't seem to be enough harm or cost to society to make it an illegal substance, therefore in my opinion it should be legalised. But with conditions, these conditions should be the same as while under the influence of alcohol, for example while under the influence people should not be allowed to drive, but when under the influence the usual laws should still apply. So in the end, cannabis should be legalised but with conditions. ...read more.

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