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Why Soft Drugs should be Legalised.

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Why Soft Drugs should be Legalised There are two ways to try and sort out the drugs problem. One is to legalise and regulate the supply, and the other is to leave it in the hands of criminals. For years we have tried the second option. Banning all forms of soft drugs or lightly regulating them, not allowing them as such but not banning to the extent where people know it is seriously wrong. This is the situation we have found with drugs such as nicotine and tobacco and alcohol. Another major problem we face is the use of soft drugs especially by the younger generations. A survey revealed that 1 in 12 twelve year olds have tried drugs moving up to 1 in 3 fourteen year olds and 2 in 5 sixteen year olds. This means that about 40% and rising of our secondary school pupils have broken the law. In years to come at this rate the percentage will move up and then those 16 year olds will become adults and this problem will therefore become ever more significant as they become more influential. We saw a very parallel instance of this dilemma during 1920s America. Drink related crimes had become so numerous that the only way out that the American government saw was to ban it outright. ...read more.

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Though doctors have tried to replicate the effects of marijuana in safer and in legal forms the manufactured versions are no where near as effective and sometimes actually carry a higher risk than the drug itself. This is because when you smoke marijuana you take lots of little puffs. This means that you can stop the effects becoming too great at once by simply stopping smoking whereas with the manufactured pills they are taken as one and have far more serious side effects than smoking it. They can sometimes leave you bed bound for a day or in the case of glaucoma sufferers the replacement called 'Beta-blocker' eye drops can activate asthma attacks and cause sluggishness and lethargy. Also even with these drops 10% of patients will still lose their vision. Marijuana can also be used to help AIDs sufferers and people undergoing cancer treatment. As with all manufactured drugs the ones that could be used instead of marijuana are also very expensive and are not always as effective as marijuana. A common conjecture is that marijuana because it is illegal is a lethal drug and is far more dangerous than other drugs like Beta-blocker or even more common prescription drugs. ...read more.

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It would also stop drug abuse destroying many lives. Once you get hooked, whether physiologically or psychological coming up with the money is one of the greatest problems. For example a drug dealer could do anything with the price of drugs. He can raise it or in theory lower it to whatever he wants as there are no bounds. Dependants on him therefore have to get more money elsewhere and this is where many turn to crime as they cannot hold down any jobs because of their addiction. We can only assume that petty crime rates follow the same pattern as homicide rates and that homicide rates in Holland are also lower than in the US. I can therefore see no reason to keep marijuana illegal and not to legalise it and put it in the hands of the government. This extra control is also what a lot of people se as the solution to the problem as it is only when responsible people lose control that things get serious. The extra money this brings in could also be used to further fund anti-drugs movements even if they are aimed mainly at hard drugs. One could also point out that if recreational drugs like alcohol and tobacco are legal why should a less harmful drug like marijuana not be as well. J. Page English Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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