UK government finally concedes cannabis has a medicinal effect

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legalising cannabis is a bad thing

it may have a medicinal effect as far as calming some conditions go but you're opening up a whole can of worms legalising it
 
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The Government won't legalise cannabis, period. They might make exceptions in medical applications, but it would be treated like any other controlled substance, e.g. various amphetamines, painkillers etc, and the active ingredient would likely be in pill or liquid form. Not smoked, that's for sure!
 
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You're posting this in the wrong place. Lot of narrow-minded people will shoot you down instantly. I see two replies of no substance already.

It was originally outlawed as it was a threat to the paper industry and it remains illegal due to vested interests in the pharmaceutical industry. One can only hope for an enlightened evidence based approach where it is made legal. The studies detailing the positive effects have been around for years.
 
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It can be chemically synthesised i believe. Yeah. It can also be extracted therefore there is no need to legalise cannabis for mass use

Pretty much it.

If something has a definite medical effect typically you want to work out the dosage that has that effect, then some easy way to give a regulated dose (if just so you know it shouldn't kill the user, or affect other medications).

So a pill with the active ingredient, likely.
Being able to just go out and buy a few spliffs is unlikely - not least because whilst it's less dangerous to smoke than tobacco, it still has many of the same issues.
 
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they should just legalise the Herb, nothing wrong with it. Could do with one now as it goes.
 
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One chemical found within is beneficial.

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legalising cannabis is a bad thing

it may have a medicinal effect as far as calming some conditions go but you're opening up a whole can of worms legalising it

What can of worms? If you mean suddenly coming under pressure to legalise ALL recreational drugs, then good. That's a good thing. It harms nobody but the user, so it's a legal anomaly that they were ever banned in the first place.
 
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What can of worms? If you mean suddenly coming under pressure to legalise ALL recreational drugs, then good. That's a good thing. It harms nobody but the user, so it's a legal anomaly that they were ever banned in the first place.

Yeah, what person other than the user was impacted by drugs?

Durgh!
 
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Make sure to separate out the harm from the drugs from the harm due to prohibition.

That's fairly easy to do...look at how many addicts throw their lives away screwing over their families in the process.
Look at how many people are killed by them.
Look at the accidents caused by drivers who are under the influence.

Drugs never hurt anyone but the user, what a load of utter crap.
 
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Decriminalization of all drugs has worked fantastically in Portugal.

Hopefully more open minds than some of those in the thread will eventually make it so here.
 
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That's fairly easy to do...look at how many addicts throw their lives away screwing over their families in the process.
Look at how many people are killed by them.
Look at the accidents caused by drivers who are under the influence.

Drugs never hurt anyone but the user, what a load of utter crap.

The idea that drugs only harm the user is a bit silly, of course.

But a question is whether prohibiting drugs is an effective way of stopping that harm. All those bad things happen currently - what we need to ask is could some of it be reduced by legalisation, or would it be increased?

Deaths from using drugs may be reduced by cleaner supply, more point of sale usage guidelines, and a wider understanding of the effects/risks.

Unsafe behaviour, such as drug driving, can be reduced through education (Drink drive deaths have roughly halved every 10 years since the '70s, for example). And there aren't all that many anyway (47 drug drive deaths in 2014).

Families do suffer, though alcohol is a wider problem in this regard. Perhaps legalisation could bring more support services, and reduce (through lower prices, cleaner supply, and less risky supply) the negative associated behaviours. Young women being trapped by drugs into sex work, for example - often leading to chaotic lives involving pregnancies and the spin-off problems there.
 
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