(Note: Hemp is semi-legal, but there should be no need for licenses etc and this should be abolished. It should be 100 % legal!)
Legalizing Marijuana and Hemp in the UK is very, very important for a number of reasons.
However, before I get in to these reasons you must set aside your stigma involving this drug and bear in mind that Alcohol, Nicotine and even Caffeine are all a form of drugs. The Government have a campaign "The War on Drugs" - Then why are they not closing down pubs? Why is it okay for you to drink alcohol and kill braincells (scientifically proven)? Alcohol is on the hard drugs list beside Heroin and Cocaine where as Marijuana is on the soft drugs list? It is also scientifically proven that smoking Marijuana does not kill brain cells.
Let me also tell you some more FACTS. There have been MILLIONS of deaths from Alcohol. There have been NO deaths from Marijuana. You would have to smoke 26,000 Marijuana Cigarettes within the space of 15 minutes to overdose which is impossible. This may have opened your eyes slightly - you may have been brainwashed by the government using the word drug and making everything associated with it seem dangerous and deadly. Well this is not the full case. Marijuana is also not addictive physically, it is only mentally addictive. It is a plant, found naturally.
So why should we legalize marijuana? It shouldn't be legalized only so people can smoke and enjoy it - like they should. It should be legalized for a multitude of reasons!
- It has over 100 proven medicinal uses. Some people even claim it can cure cancer if you create it in the correct concentration of the chemicals (there is an anti-body in everyone of our bodies which kills cancer cells. This same anti-body is found in Marijuana, so everyone has a small part of marijuana in them even if they like it or not.) But obviously governments want to suppress this? The population is a massive problem in this world, they do not want it to increase even more! One reason they are against legalization. I, myself suffered from eczema all over my body - it was a very bad thing in my life. Ever since I smoked weed I have had literally NO problems with my eczema at all and this is all documented with my doctor. This is just one example - people with eczema are depressed and feel ugly. They itch all day every day and this could help them. Why not let it?
- Hemp! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp)
Hemp is one of the number reasons we should legalize Marijuana. Hemp is a natural fiber extracted from the stem of the plant. There is an estimated 50,000 industrial uses for hemp in the world today. It can be used to make paper, now this would mean we could save ALL of the rainforests you so desperately hear about on TV. We could save animal habitats right now by creating paper from hemp! It takes a few months to grow paper where as it takes years and years for trees to grow back. It can also be used to create biofuels. These are just a couple of main uses for hemp. It can even be uses to create a part for the clutch of a car. It should be given to us for use! This is absolutely idiotic that we are neglecting a plant with such WORLD CHANGING potential!
- The Economy
We have just recently had a recession and legalizing Marijuana would benefit us massively. It would create jobs, it would generate billions of pounds per year. Look at how much money the Netherlands make. We are stupid not to follow suite. Not to mention it would mean all the street dealers who do not pay tax who are generating millions right now would be a thing of the past. Also it would save the government money not having to deal with them and the police would benefit also.
To conclude these are just some reasons why we should legalize Marijuana. If your argument against it is that it is dangerous and could kill you then I have told you that you are wrong now look up the facts and learn them. If your argument is that it has effects on your mind - this is inconclusive with no good evidence and the people who have fallen victim to mental illness would have had it lying dormant inside them already. Marijuana is better than a lot of substances and Alcohol holds a lot more dangers than weed.
If you say NO to legalizing weed then you should say YES to de-legalization of alcohol because you are a HYPOCRITE.