• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Should the use of cannabis be legalised? (Biology Report)

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Science in the News Should the use of cannabis be legalised? Cannabis is a drug derived from the plant cannabis sativa. It is by far the most widely cultivated, trafficked and abused illegal drug with about 2.5% of the world's population consuming cannabis on and regular basis. Up until 2004 cannabis was a Class B drug but has now been put down to a Class C drug. In this report I will back up my findings of the usage of cannabis with statistics and data that I find most reliable, and point out arguments both for and against the drug in a balanced report. ...read more.

Middle

I believe this is the most reliable source for this information in 2002 as it was collected by the British Crime Survey taken by the Home Office. If cannabis was to be legalised, a definite plus would be the decrease in important police time taken by the prevention of illegal cannabis use. This graph shows the number of cannabis convictions including cautions from 1945-1999. The graph shows just how dramatic the number of convictions there are per year and that police time could be put to better use if cannabis was legalised. I think this is a reliable source as it was published in the Home office annual statistics of 2000. ...read more.

Conclusion

Some people believe that cannabis is a 'stepping stone' or 'gateway drug' to other, harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin and that if it were to be legalised, there would be an increase in the use of class A and class B drugs. Others believe that when cannabis is legalised, more people will use it however, latest available statistics on cannabis use by country (taken by NationMaster) shows that in the UK, cannabis use is higher at 9% of people using cannabis than in the Netherlands at 5.2% where cannabis is legal in most places and this has been the case for a number of years. Cannabis is quite commonly known to help people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) ease pains of spasming muscles and other symptoms that come with the terrible disease. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. GCSE Maths Statistics Coursework

    - Mean2 = 22.18 � 8 - 2.764 =0.009 Standard deviation = V Variance = 0.095 This table shows the standard deviations of all the stratums. Stratum Standard Deviation Yr7B 0.08 Yr7G 0.077 Yr8B 0.121 Yr8G 0.095 Yr9B 0.08 Yr9G 0.077 Yr10B 0.07 Yr10G 0.077 Yr11B 0.089 Yr11G 0.095 All

  2. Maths Statistics Coursework

    This grouping enabled me to produce the following table: Height (cm) Male Frequency Female Frequency 130 ? x ? 150 7 0 150 < x ? 155 1 5 155 < x ? 160 8 14 160 < x ?

  1. Stake holders report

    Or they may wish to complain. This will affect the Zoo because it will tell the Zoo what they can do to improve the Zoo in order to attract more customers. However if customers complain, they may not visit the Zoo again and may visit Chester Zoos competitors.

  2. The use of Music in the movies

    film. F?r ?x?mpl?, th? typ? ?f mu?ic th?t w?uld b? u??d in ? W??t?rn, ?r ? ?u?p?n??-Dr?m? ?r ? L?v? ?t?ry v?ri?? v?ry littl? fr?m pictur? t? pictur?. ? th?m? f?und in ? L?v? ?t?ry will n?t ?lw?y? b? th? ??m? ?? th? ?n? b?f?r?

  1. Should cannabis be used as a medical drug?

    The Beatles were amongst many others who signed the petition. In 2001, it was proposed by the Home Secretary David Blunkett that cannabis would be reclassified from Class B to Class C. It had finally taken place on the 29th of January 2004.

  2. Report on Mirage 2000

    Caravelle * 18 December 1975 The Mirage 4000/ F8's unit price is announced at 2.5 times it predecessor the F1, causing it to fail. This caused the Mirage 2000 to be developed to take over from the F1. * March 1976 The ADA announces an urgent need for interceptors and requests 10 deliveries of the aircraft by 1983.

  1. Free essay

    Should cannabis be legalised

    The author wrote "There is abundant proof that ..." the word abundant is biased because it's one sided - its the opinion of the author of how much is "abundant" . It also depends if the author has statistical proof of that.

  2. GCSE Citizenship - Cancer Research UK

    Unfortunately the tutors had already collected the year seven registers. Due to this I had to go around to all the year seven-form rooms and announce where and when the sale was to be held. I also then told the Year managers to announce the sale in assembly.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work