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    Canada legalises recreational cannabis use.


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    Should we follow the Canadian / Uruguayan model?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44543286

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      Yes. Don't smoke myself but have been amazed by the widespread/epidemic use of the drug among young teenagers. It's easier to get weed/skunk than it is to buy a four pack if you're under 16. But I'm not sure what legalising it will do for this group.
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      Yes. Don't smoke myself but have been amazed by the widespread/epidemic use of the drug among young teenagers. It's easier to get weed/skunk than it is to buy a four pack if you're under 16. But I'm not sure what legalising it will do for this group.
      If it's legal and regulated then they will have the same difficulty in getting it that they have getting a four pack today, which would be an improvement. It would also mean that the cannabis that is available is the equivalent of todays regulated and licensed alcohol instead of what it is today which is the equivalent of yesterdays moonshine.

      If it's easier to study and talk honestly about, then that will also help provide evidence and information to people, which should improve awareness of the risks of interfering with brain development, which is really the only proven risk with cannabis (and the exact same risk applies to alcohol and other substances).
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      Yes for medicinal use via prescription.

      No for general use. It is a health hazard.
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      Yes for medicinal use via prescription.

      No for general use. It is a health hazard.
      As are many legally available items. I don't smoke it myself at present but I can't see much of an argument against it and its taxable presumably.
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      Yes for medicinal use via prescription.

      No for general use. It is a health hazard.
      But that won’t solve the criminality issues.

      Leagalise it and shaft the criminals.

      People will smoke it if they want to, anyway so why not regulate it?
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      How do you even legislate against nature.
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      I think it should be legalised on liberal grounds and on the basis of the ineffectiveness of the current policy regardless of how dangerous it is or jsnt.
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      Are people taking stupidity pills on here today or something
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      Yes for medicinal use via prescription.

      No for general use. It is a health hazard.
      How much of a health hazard is it though? If it ends up being prescribed to patients I guess we will find out, but then it's already been prescribed to medical patients accross the world and has been for some time. In Israel it's been available to medical patients since 1993, and is prescribed to around 33,000 people for things like cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s & PTSD.

      Even today we have enough experience with it around the world as a medicine to know whether the patients using it are being put at risk of serious harm, and it's use as a medicine hasn't been restricted due to it being found to cause harm to patients. It has largely been expanded, because it is found to be effective and safe.

      The WHO concluded in their report published in early June this year that Cannabis is "relatively safe".
      http://www.who.int/medicines/access/...Toxicology.pdf

      They will probably recommend a rescheduling globally when they publish their final report. In the UK we are now looking at rescheduling it the coming days or weeks. In fact there is already a bill to do exactly that which is due on 6th July (which would reschedule to schedule II), and (if we haven't done it already by then) that bill will likely have much more support after recent events.

      I think medical use should certainly be the priority, and the medical question shouldn't be distracted from by the general prohibition/legalisation question, but in the end I can't really see how keeping it illegal can be justified when so much harm is caused by abandoning it to the black market and criminalizing people who use it, and so little harm is caused by the thing itself. Either way, our understanding of it will improve when we take it off of schedule I and start to study it properly.
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      Canada have done the right thing and we should follow suit.

      We won't thought because it doesn't play well with Theresa's May's Daily Mail-reading core supporters.
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