Marijuana prohibition is built around certain premises that many pro-legalization advocates are trying to refute. Those who believe that cannabis use should remain illegal cite harmful effects and the risks of addiction among many other reasons. On the other side of the spectrum are people who call for marijuana to be legalized. And here are some of the common arguments they use.
Prohibition doesn’t serve its purpose
Those who support calls to legalize marijuana posit that there are no strong and definitive proofs that prohibition minimizes its use. Some of the studies conducted on the subject even suggest that making marijuana use illegal may actually increase its usage. This is attributed to the forbidden fruit effect. Many support the idea that as long as weed is illegal, many who secretly use it are more at risk because of lack of knowledge on its proper use.
Legalizing marijuana doesn’t automatically increase drug use
Another argument from those who oppose the calls to legalize cannabis is the potential risk of addiction and more drug use. They believe that smoking pot could be the starting point towards using other types of illegal drugs. But studies appear to refute the said argument. In fact, The Netherlands which is known hasn’t seen any surge in drug use since it decriminalized possession and use of weed up to certain legal limits.
Legalization does not pave the way for abuse
A report by media professional and neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta indicates that dependence rate among adult users is much lower in marijuana compared with other drugs like cocaine and heroin. According to the said report, roughly 10% of adults who use marijuana develop dependence to the drug. This is lower than the 20% and 25% attributed to cocaine and heroin respectively. In fact, the report shows that tobacco is more addicting than the drugs mentioned.
Marijuana has medical benefits
Germany has recently joined the ranks of countries that legalized marijuana for medical purposes. The law is set to be implemented by 2017. Studies indicate that medical use of marijuana has many beneficial effects. It is said to relieve nausea which can be a boon to cancer patients suffering from certain treatments’ side effects. Marijuana can also help in alleviating pain.