The jolly good UK will have a debate on the legalization of cannabis tomorrow. In an article on the Mirror, Paul Flynn (leader of the debate) has stated:
Cannabis should be as legal as cigarettes because the war on drugs is a ‘disaster’,…
Furthermore, he stated that:
…the drug is harmful but claims the world ‘has recognised the futility, waste and cruelty of prohibition’ in parts of the U.S. and Portugal.
He goes on to say:
“We waste billions on arresting and imprisoning cannabis users for a taking a substance that is less harmful than alcohol.”
Flynn’s reference to Portugal is, of course, it’s decision to decriminalize small amounts of drugs for “personal use” back in 2001.
Fourteen years after decriminalization, Portugal has not been run into the ground by a nation of drug addicts. In fact, by many measures, it’s doing far better than it was before.
As you can see from this chart, drug-induced deaths have sharply declined:
So why haven’t more countries followed suit? Well, partially because they’ve been waiting to see what transpires in Portugal, I’m sure. More likely, though, they simply haven’t figured out a surefire method of maintaining their control over a population that might very well lose it’s dependency upon the vast array of pharmaceuticals they currently ingest.
Overall, Americans use more medicines than people in other developed countries. They rank first for their use of antipsychotics as well as drugs for dementia, respiratory problems and rheumatoid arthritis.
Not surprisingly, cannabis can be used to treat most of the same conditions. The complete list of conditions that could be treated with cannabis might surprise you. The most notable one being cancer, of many different types. Imagine the trillions of dollars that Big Pharma would lose in the treatment of cancer alone! Now ask yourself again…why is it that cannabis is illegal?