Cannabis refers to a relatively tall plant containing a fixed upright stem, with divided serrated leaves and glandular hairs. The purpose of the drug is for the production of hemp fibres and also as a psychotropic drug. A common use is smoking it, of course with tobacco, but not completely necessary. For years, politicians and in fact society, have been debating whether or not the drug should be legalised; especially in the UK, but it seems if though, not much has been acknowledged by parliament to pursue the endeavour of legislation. There was a petition for legalising the production, distribution and use of cannabis, but parliament, declined this as it was seen to cause 'medical side-effects'.
Even though society, morally condemns those who smoke, there needs to be a fine line drawn, to show the freedom people have,in making their own decisions. Therefore by banning the drug, it causes people to feel as if their opinion is wrong and immoral. The government has been seen to take a moral stance on fighting recreational drugs,but perhaps this is to generate money from seizures. Also if the drug was legalised the treasury (UK) would be able to earn £1 billion on tax returns. Also, a politician can use 'fighting the war on drugs', as a moral stance against other opponents, so it is clear, there is more emphasis placed on benefiting the economy rather than the people. If the government thinks banning the drug, will stop its use, they are wrong. Cannabis is consistently being used day in and day out by drug dealers, distributing the drug and consumers who regularly smoke the drug. Cannabis is not a drug which a user can overdose on, but tobacco, however, can, which is currently legal. Why can't the drug simply be regulated; in the same way alcohol and cigarettes are ? If this does happen the price of the drug will fall and there will be a collapse in the illegal drug industry, reducing the overall crime rate for possession and distribution. Is this not what we need in society ? The simple way to reduce drug use is to control and decrease the marketing campaigns, but this is simply unrealistic as drugs generate a vast amount of money for the economy. As mentioned before drugs are optional; just like skydiving and jet skiing, there are always risks presented, especially with the harm done to your body. The Freedom of speech similarly contrasts to what should be the freedom of drug use, at your own risks, however, this is not the case, as you are simply banned for your choice. Drug dealers are secured to high profits and will surely sell to anyone who pays the price, however, if weed was legal and regulated with an age restriction, it should help underage use from happening in the first place.
Although there are many advantages to legalising the drug, there are also some disadvantages. More people would be interested in drug use, if there are more variations of drugs available on the market, deterring the aim of a healthy society. Regardless of the drug, weed can eliminate the consumer's ability to think logically and make rational decisions. The gateway theory suggests that if society accepts the use of soft drugs such as cannabis then people will start moving on to hard drugs like crack. Also if drugs are legalised it may send the wrong message to children, portraying the fact that drugs are legal, moral and acceptable, when in fact, they are the opposite of that.