How Cannabis can benefit the UK.
September 28th 1928 is the date Cannabis first became illegal in the UK and since then the law has never looked back. This however has not made it the most widely used illegal substance in the UK. 6.9% of the population of Britain between the ages of 16-59 year olds used cannabis. As you can see Mary Jane is extremely popular round here. Ongoing changes to prohibition in the US have led me to explore the obvious and not so obvious benefits of Cannabis in the UK (I may include disadvantages if any). This is clearly an envious entry to all the cross Atlantic stoners!
The sale of cannabis is nearly entirely bought from various drug gangs in the UK. A small percentage of stoners actually grow their own produce OR buy from a friend who grows a dank batch. I strongly feel that cannabis is used as a tool to get young people onto the police database. Section 7 was created as a gateway to monitoring people who are just caught for having a joint or even in more silly cases caught with 0.2 grams of dust on them. There is no hiding from the fact that cannabis intervention from the police is mainly wasted on handing out fines and warnings to harmless stoners. The real harm comes from drug dealers who really just supply cannabis as a side dish to harder drugs such as cocaine for the come down. Stoners are NOT criminals, they do not think in criminal ways and I personally get extremely offended if someone asks me to sell them my weed. I am not a drug dealer just because I smoke on the good shit. Plain and simple legalizing cannabis will eliminate the product from drug dealers and also allow honest consumers to buy from a safe environment and also not be prosecuted from the only law where u get in trouble for breaking when you are actually hurting no one! There are no safeguards currently in place for the sale of cannabis, saying that if the plant was regulated it would be much harder for your 11 year old child to purchase cannabis over the counter.
There’s no doubt that the legalization of cannabis sale in the UK would reap huge profits in tax for the government. Now I have contemplated where this money would end up and my two cents are the NHS and the usual government money wasted on its stupid foreign policy. Now I do not condemn the killing through funding of innocent civilians but not legalizing cannabis wont change that. I think money will go heavily into the NHS as I believe after a while cannabis will be slated just how cigarettes are, albeit it may take a bit longer as cigarettes have much more grave outcomes if you get my drift…
Money would also be saved for pot heads who are ripped off in the illegal market. I personally buy in bulk purely for the fact that I do not agree on paying £20 for a bag weighed at 1.4 without the baggies weight if you are lucky. Drug dealers are making millions of pounds a year from the cultivation and sale of cannabis so the government really need to see what’s in front of them and see that this money should go back into the British economy.
I’d also like to add that legalization would also create thousands of jobs. Cannabis is a huge industry and given the levels of employment in the UK and the government blaming some of this to the “laziness” caused by cannabis… let stoners work with the thing they love, pot!
Cannabis has been branded as a substance that causes lung cancer, mental health problems and heart problems. ALL LIES! Given the fact that there has not been a single recorded death purely on the intake of cannabis in over 4,000 years of its recorded use. I think the general misunderstanding with the health links is the way cannabis is used. With the link between cancer I see the link coming from putting tobacco in spliffs. This is very common in the UK and I feel creates the relationship between cancer and cannabis. I also feel it brings the addiction element attached to cannabis because for a fact nicotine IS highly addictive. Cannabis has been used in the states to treat cancer patients. Patients who go through chemo are administered the drug to help with appetite, sleep and pain relief. Quite the opposite of claims eh.
There has also been studies that Cannabis increases the chances of depression and schizophrenia. I think Cannabis can take an affect on these mental health diagnosis BUT it is not the cause of them. That is the question people fail to recognise… the cause and that cause certainly wasn’t cannabis. Cannabis is not there to solve your mental health problems and should not therefore be used to. However cannabis does not fundamental cause mental health issues, in fact many users say that they use Cannabis to directly counter depression as it makes them calm and helps them sleep at night. Legalizing cannabis would offer medicinal value to patients suffering from: –
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Eating disorder/lack of appetite.
- Sufferers of chronic pain.
- Muscle tensions and spasms.
These health issues are targets by doctors in the US who allow medical marijuana to be prescribed and used by patients. There are also recent studies to show that cannabis can have further positive effects on other health issues such as epilepsy and bi polar diagnosis’s.
Last year and even the beginnings of this year have seen great strides to end prohibition around the world. It is worrying that UK politicians have had little to say on the matter of reforming the class B status cannabis holds to legalizing and profiting from the obvious and endless positive possibilities the sacred plant holds.
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