Colorado and the battle to legalize pot
It seems over the last few years, cannabis (and whether it’s legal or illegal) has rarely been out of the news. From being reclassified as a class-B, then –C, then class-B again in the UK, to the recent legalization in Colorado, USA, there has been a lot of debate over the best way to treat marijuana and those that use it.
With so much discussion, it can be difficult to work out where you stand on the issue; both sides of the fight throw out so many different ‘facts’ supporting their stance, that the whole topic becomes something of a quagmire, especially when talking to people you’ve just met.
To help clear things up, we explain the main arguments of both legalization activists and prohibition supporters, so you can make up your own mind.
Arguments Against Legalizing Cannabis:
- Probably the most popular argument against legalizing cannabis is that is a “gateway drug”, often leading to the use of much harder drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and heroin.
- Legalizing cannabis is the start of a dangerous path to legalizing other, much harder drugs, or possibly all drugs, at some point in the future.
- By making cannabis legal, children will think it is okay to use it, without knowing the full health risks. It will also be more easily accessible for children if adults can buy it much more easily.
- Supporters of legalizing drugs don’t consider the cost to the healthcare system to treat people who may suffer from the effects of the abuse. Non-users would suffer both in having their taxes pay for healthcare of abusers and potentially through second hand smoke.
- Stoned driving would increase, leading to more road traffic accidents.
- Legalizing cannabis won’t stop illegal sales, it will simply create a black market; crimes would still be being committed.
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