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OCR Science in the News - Cannabis

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Should the Use of Cannabis be Legalized? Introduction So what is Cannabis? Cannabis is a drug, and psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa. Cannabis contains more than 400 chemicals, with the main chemical being Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Smoking is the most common way of taking Cannabis. Cannabis can be found in hundreds of different substances, but the most common one is marijuana. About 4 percent of the world's population smoke Cannabis annually and 0.6 percent daily (ref 1). I find this fact reliable as it is stated by www.knowcannabis.org.uk, an organisation of Cannabis experts. Cannabis can affect some Social, Economic and Environmental issues, but Cannabis has more of an effect physically within our bodies. In the UK, cannabis is classed as a Class C drug following the declassification in January 2004. This does not mean that they have become legal, but have become identified as being less harmful than the drugs in the Class A and B. The possession, use, or sale of Cannabis has become illegal in most parts of the world. This is because of the Health Issues that they have the ability to cause. However, in some cases they may also be positively effective for our bodies. Does this mean that they should be legalised? ...read more.

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I got it from www.nemeton.com. Another question that needs answering is. Why is Cannabis illegal when it may cause less Negative effects than Alcohol which is a legal drug? Many Cannabis smokers ask these questions, as 'The World Health Organisation's' latest report claims that Cannabis is safer than Tobacco and Alcohol. Dr Roger Pert wee from WHO claims that Cannabis is ''not as addictive as people think it is''. He supports his statement by claiming that ''90% of those who had tried the drug had since quit, compared to the 9% who could manage to quit smoking Tobacco'' He also claims that ''There is very little evidence that cannabis is harmful in the long term, just as Alcohol is'' (ref 6). I find this information very reliable as it comes from the World Health Organisation which is one the top organisations in the world which dedicates its work to get accurate health information and Data world wide. The website of WHO is www.who.int. From all of the Data that I have collected, I see a pattern of an agreement from each source as they each compare Cannabis to other drugs in order to prove or convince that Cannabis is not as bad as people think. ...read more.

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Would you make it legal or illegal? I would make it legal. If there is a drug, that is stated by a very trusted source such as the BBC, as having the ability to give you Relaxation. Would you make it legal or illegal? I would make it legal. On the other hand the data which I have collected which is against the legalization of Cannabis all seem weak and unconvincing instead. ''Cannabis may be a gateway drug to more harmful substances like heroin and cocaine'' (ref 3)Although this statement comes from a very reliable source such as the BBC, it is a very weak point and is Unconvincing as the word 'may' implies the possibility of the information being wrong. This is also consistent with the point that I am making. Finally, after collecting all of the data that I have in this report, I have also come to a conclusion that alcohol has more negative aspects then Cannabis. I believe that it is safe to say that anyone who drinks alcohol is more of a criminal than a Cannabis smoker, and yet Cannabis is illegal and Alcohol is not. So if Alcohol becomes illegal then I would accept Cannabis as being Illegal, but as Alcohol is legal at the moment then I have no other choice but to think that Cannabis should be legalised. ...read more.

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