Demolishing 15 key arguments for the downgrading of cannabis laws

The Christian Institute (UK)

  1. “Cannabis use is so common that the current laws are unworkable”
  2. “Cannabis is a harmless drug. There is no need to outlaw it.”
  3. “Taking cannabis is a victimless crime. Using the law is unjustified.”
  4. “Cannabis is not a gateway drug”
  5. “Locking up cannabis users who are actually dependent on it is cruel and harsh. We should be giving them medical help, not criminalising them.”
  6. “Cannabis is nothing like as dangerous as tobacco or alcohol yet they are legal and cannabis is not.”
  7. “Criminalising cannabis is draconian and causes more harm than good.”
  8. “It is wrong to criminalise people who use cannabis for medical reasons.”
  9. “Legalising cannabis would eradicate the black market and the associated crime and so enable the Government to regulate the supply of cannabis.”
  10. “Under the current law young people who want cannabis have to go to dealers. This brings them into contact with suppliers of harder drugs. Legalisation would break this link.”
  11. “Our current drugs laws are simply not working. Young people need to be told about the risks of drugs and then left to make their own choices.”
  12. “The prohibition of cannabis actually encourages drug taking because the thrill of illegality attracts young people.”
  13. “Legalising cannabis would release the police to deal with more serious crimes and it would free up the courts and prisons. It would concentrate resources on the ‘real’ problem of hard drug dealers.”
  14. “The law is out of touch with public opinion. Most people are in favour of legalising cannabis.”
  15. “The use of cannabis has always been just as widespread as it is today. Even Queen Victoria used it.”


The Colorado Marijuana Industry: Growing Like a Weed

Focus on the Family August 2014
As more states look at loosening laws on the sale and use of marijuana, Colorado is offering a disturbing preview of what may be in store for them.

Colorado OK’d the use of medical marijuana in 2000, as 23 others have over the last several years. But in 2013, it, along with Washington state, took the unprecedented step of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana—and catastrophic calls have been on the rise ever since.

There has been a sharp increase in pot-related calls to poison control; seizures have quadrupled; two deaths so far are attributed to marijuana overdoses; neighboring states are experiencing a surge in pot use; and advertising through every available medium blankets the Centennial State, desensitizing people to the risks.

Perhaps most troubling, the drug is infiltrating Colorado schools, which now have lists of young people waiting to get help. Teens who use pot face nearly twice the risk of addiction as adult users, and juvenile usage increases the brain damage associated with the drug.

On July 9, Colorado published its first market study of the new marijuana industry. According to the results, gleaned from the first three months of sales data from this year, the market demand statewide is 130 metric tons per year, and the average market rate is $220 per ounce. That’s a third higher than even the state Department of Revenue projected. About 44 percent of the recreational marijuana—which is taxed far more heavily than medical marijuana—is used by out-of-state visitors; in the mountain regions, that number can be as high as 90 percent. Occasional users (less than once a month) account for only 0.3 percent of the total marijuana market; the rest is made up of “heavy daily users.”

The study is the first of its kind, because Colorado has created the first functioning, regulated and taxed pot-production and distribution system in the world—leapfrogging even Europe’s most liberal cities.

The question that remains is how many will follow Colorado into the void.

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