• Question: would it be bad for the U.S.A to legalise Weed!!!!!!

    Asked by Girl magnet to Gavin, Karen, Mark, Michel, Roisin on 7 Nov 2016.
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      Michel Destrade answered on 7 Nov 2016:

      Well that’s not my area of research, but from a logical point of view, I don’t see why it’d be that bad. After all it’s been legal in the Netherlands for more than 20 years and they’re OK!

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      Karen answered on 7 Nov 2016:

      I believe it is legal for medicinal purposes in many states in the US and for recreational use in a few, Alaska being one of them as far as I know.
      I don’t think it would be such a bad thing to legalise it, I think that as far as drugs go it is fairly accessible if you want it so regulating it’s use, sale and quality would be a positive thing. However if I lived in the US right now I would be slightly more concerned about the outcome of tomorrow’s election…?

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      Roisin Jones answered on 8 Nov 2016:

      There are widely varying views on this topic, and a ton of research, but in general, as drugs go, cannabis is one of the less dangerous ones: it is not as addictive as some drugs like heroin, cocaine or even nicotine, and it’s difficult to overdose on it using traditional routes of ingestion. Don’t be fooled, it does have health risks, many common to the health risks of smoking tobacco: inhaling smoke is bad for your lungs and health full stop, but cannabis smoke is actually less carcinogenic than smoke from regular cigarettes. Derivatives of cannabis, including medicinal cannabis oil actually can have massive health benefits, including treatment of chronic pain and some seizure disorders, and as Karen mentioned, it’s already legal for medicinal use in a large number of states in the US, and legal for recreational use is some others, though I think that wholescale production for distribution is still illegal everywhere.

      In short, the answer to your question is no, I don’t think it would be a massive problem if the US were to legalise weed: it is already culturally and socially prevalent, and having safe access to it (in terms of being able to buy legally, and also in having sale and quality regulated) would probably be better for people who do use it. Plus, from a money POV, I’m sure the US government would love to be able to tax it!

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      Mark Kennedy answered on 9 Nov 2016:

      I agree with everyone else, I think it wouldn’t be a bad thing at all. In fact, I believe at least 5 US states voted to legalise it last night!

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      Gavin Coleman answered on 10 Nov 2016:

      As Karen and Roisin have said, it already sees a lot of potential and use as a medicinal product, and it far less dangerous than drugs we already use day to day, such as alcohol and cigarettes. However culturally there is a taboo on it, so it is hard to change people’s minds to allow it. Many much worse criminal acts are funded through illegal sales of weed, so by the US government allowing and controlling it, it stops criminals making money, which can only be good.
      But basically and scientifically, the drug in marijuana is less directly dangerous (it’s still bad for you, as breathing in smoke from burning plants always contains a small amount of cancer causing material, same as cigarette smoke) than things we currently allow. So once laws are introduced so that people can’t work or drive while high, the same as we have for while drunk, there’s no particular problem with legalising it.