The drugs debate is a very heated topic in many countries around the world, most notably in the USA. There, 13 states, led by California, have decriminalised the use of Cannabis for medical purposes. However, in the UK, the law seems far more stringent in their views on drug legislation. Drug law in the UK revolves around the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 which classified drugs into 3 groups – A, B and C. A being the most harmful drugs and C being the least harmful. Cannabis was proposed to be downgraded by the former Home Secretary, David Blunkett, but that decision was reversed by one of his successors. More recently, there has been an issue with ‘legal highs’ which the coalition government of the UK has been trying to deal with. Here are a few pros and cons on the legalisation of drugs:
The benefits of legalising drugs
1) You decide what you put in your body – democracy is all about individual freedom. Little – if any – harm is done to other people by using drugs so there should be no reason why not to legalise them.
2) Decrease crime – a lot of people take drugs simply because it is already illegal – which makes it exhilarating and exciting to try out! If all drugs were legalized but regulated in some manner there would be drastically reduced crime rates and our prison population would plummet (around 20 % of people arrested in 2011 were drug related).
3) Alcohol is already legal and has proven to be worse than all “illegal” drugs put together – it could be argued that drugs are easier to get hold of than alcohol if you are under 18/21. This means that if regulations and eduction was increased, there should be no concern on legalising drugs.
The issues of legalising drugs
1) All drugs have different effects on people and society, so they should not all be legal – Some drugs, like Marijuana, should potentially be legal as they are not gateway drugs unless people let them be. However, some drugs are very harmful (such as heroin) and would be stupid to legalise it
2) Drugs are not toys. No drugs at all should be recreational- Zero tolerance is the only acceptable answer. Some people say they have a right to choose what they do to their body, but this is wrong because drugs will damage and harm yourself.
3) Legalising drugs might solve some problems but it would create a whole set of new problems – Legalising drugs might help with the violence associated with the illegal drug trade. But, it would most likely create a whole new set of problems. For one, making drugs more available to the people would result in an explosion of drug abuse and addiction
This summary of drugs and legislation involved with drugs is a simple, and digestible way, for you to debate your views on drugs. Please comment below and discuss….