Why cannabis should be legalised
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Known in some circles as the ‘gate-way drug’, very few can honestly say that they haven’t given it a go at least once in their life. With recent reports showing that police have detected more than 7,800 cannabis factories in the UK in the past year (more than double the figure four years ago) has the time come to legalise the drug? This debate has been going on for way too long and in recent years, more and more closet cannabis enthusiasts are coming out of the closet. Last month The Guardian’s food bloggerOliver Thring even published an article called: Cooking with cannabis (it’s an informative read, check it out). Whether or not you agree with the legalisation of the drug, there is no doubt that a debate is always started whenever there is a mention of its name. So why is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK illegal in the first place? Here’s a quick history session: cannabis use is believed to date back 4,000 years. It was used for medicinal proposes, mostly as a pain killer. Even Queen Victoria used it to help with her menstrual pains. For thousands of years, people freely used the drug for medicinal purposes until it was made illegal in the UK in 1928 after some kill joy delegate convinced everyone that it was more dangerous than opium (seriously?!).
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- Pure marijuana is safer: Over 6,000,000 UK citizens risk their health by consuming cannabis of uncontrolled and doubtful purity.
- More money: The Government receives no revenue. The criminals make all the profits. Think of all the money that the Government can make from the taxes (perhaps then they could stop increasing tuition fees).
- Legal or not, people are still going to use it: The fact that cannabis is illegal doesn't seem to have had any effect on the amount sold and used and it remains very, very widespread.
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