Selling, growing or using cannabis is no longer a criminal offense in some states in the US. Although medicinal cannabis is legalized in Australia, recreational use of the substance can attract a penalty.

The consequences can be similar to the ones faced by users in possession of cocaine or heroin. Here are the pros and cons of legalizing cannabis.

Pros

Many countries that have legalized cannabis considered the benefits before taking this step. Here are some of the pros.

1. Access to medicinal cannabis

We are in an era where doctors now prescribe cannabis to patients. Marijuana helps in the treatment of several health conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, epilepsy, and chronic pain.

Medical marijuana includes CBD and THC. They can go a long way to improve an individual's quality of life.

2. Higher quality

Legalization will unarguably bring disruption to the criminal black market. This is because a significant percentage of users will prefer to get cannabis from registered dispensaries. These dispensaries must adhere to the local and federal standards if they want to remain in the business.

It goes without saying that some of the products available in the black market are laced with dangerous substances. Cannabis legalization will help reduce the risks of medical problems in case of an overdose.

3. Lower violence rates

Violence is a major issue which can be traced back to the use of hard drugs in different parts of the world. Most of the drug dealers also sponsor organized crimes and have connections with terrorist organizations.

They will be forced to take the right approach or call it quits if marijuana is legalized. In addition, victims of gang-related violence can have more faith in the judiciary system.

Once this is under control, the authorities will have enough resources to focus on other dangerous crimes. Dispensaries will be required to pay tax. This is a sure way to generate more revenue to fund public projects.

Cons

The main reason why some countries are yet to legalize marijuana is that it's a getaway drug. Marijuana smokers have a high chance of experimenting with other illegal drugs over time. Research is still ongoing on the validity of these claims.

1. Health risks

Long-term use of cannabis can come with different risks. Users may get addicted even if they avoid hard drugs like heroin. Addicts usually have withdrawal symptoms when they decide to quit.

Recreational drugs can affect the mental health of an individual. It can also increase the risks of lung cancer because users are exposed to carcinogens.

2. Second-hand smoke

Inhaling second-hand marijuana smoke can be harmful to non-smokers. Although the effects are temporary but frequent exposure often lead to serious issues. There are concerns that it's possible for non-smokers to have a build up of THC in their system or end up with lung cancer.

3. Impaired drivers

Cannabis can affect one's perception just like alcohol. The auto accident rate is increasing in major cities. Drivers that are under the influence of drugs or alcohol keep contributing to this issue.

Such drivers should be sensitized to avoid driving so that they won't put road users at risk. Users that break the laws can risk jail time or pay fines.

With the rate at which several countries are legalizing cannabis, it’s only a matter of time before Australia will follow suit.

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Published by Lavismichel Inkel