Legalise Drugs ? Essay

5581 words - 22 pages

CRITICALLY EXAMINE THE ARGUMENT THAT ALL DRUGS SHOULD BE LEGALISED.In July of last year the debate on whether cannabis should be legalised was rekindled by the Home Secretary, David Blunkett. He announced the reclassification of cannabis from a class B drug to a class C which is the lowest classification for an illegal drug and puts it on par with anti-depressants and steroids (24/01/ More recently in an interview Frontbencher Jenny Tonge {Lib Dem}said in an interview with BBC News that she had sympathy with the view that cocaine should be available over the counter like alcohol. In a frank admission She said the UK's drugs policy was "not working and needed a radical overhaul". Going onto say she argued that " cocaine is a difficult one, but I would agree with a lot of people that you would do less damage if cocaine was actually legalised and sold at registered outlets like alcohol than leaving it to the boys on the streets I am not claiming to have the answers, but I am saying that present drugs policy is not working. The way cannabis is treated is a joke, a complete joke. That should be used like tobacco, taxed like tobacco [and] let's spend the VAT on something." ( 22/04/ she did go onto later admit there would still be a market for a black market Rightly or wrongly she believes that if drugs if more were legalised there would be no excuses for an addict having to commit crimes to feed their habit.Here intrinsically is the debate set within the question should all drugs be legalised ? More so when we say drugs to be legalised it is the belief and argument of this paper in what we are really discussing here is should the first drug to be legalised be Marijuana. Whilst there are valid arguments in existence on both sides of the argument the aim of this paper will not be to provide a solution to the problem that currently faces our society but rather to examine both sides of the debate and if there is any validity in their argument . The stakeholders involved in this debate include the state ,media , governments, research groups, pharmaceutical companies, drug users, teenagers, terminally ill patients, medical practitioners, and society.The main issue for proponents of the legalisation or decriminalisation of drugs is that, it some [marijuana] amongst others can be used as a form of medicine, relieve stress, does not lead to harder drugs, and can generate revenue. Opponents however, believe that marijuana will serve as a 'gateway' drug, increase significantly in supply, is not beneficial as a drug to patients, and will encourage illegal activities (Inciardi.1999). Whilst we live in a feel-good-quick society, fuelled by consumerism that continually seeks short-cuts to instant gratification (Ritzer.2000). Presently there seems to be in existence no one authority or government in the world that is dealing or coping with its drug problem and making progressive steps forward.Although, society has a drug problem,...

Find Another Essay On Legalise drugs ?

Health promotion: evaluating and analysing existing campaigns and creating own research tools ie: questionnaire

1132 words - 5 pages people the dangers of cocaine.Telephone numbers for drug help lines are also printed in magazines and newspapers, so that people that take drugs or are tempted to take drugs have access to information, advice and support regarding drug use.The government are also involved in trying to reduce drug use. The law regarding drugs is down to the governments decision, if they wanted to they could legalise certain drugs, but they don't, as they don't want to

PED in American Sports Essay

2186 words - 9 pages Doe7John DoeProfessor SmithEnglish 10224 November 2014Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) in American SportsPerformance enhancing drugs have been a huge negative factor within the last century in American sports, forcing law makers and sports organizations to be obligated to make necessary changes because of the complexity in detecting these drugs in the human body, insufficient testing done on players by organizations, and long term health

Argument Against Physician Assisted Suicide

1354 words - 5 pages expects doctors to do their utmost in prolonging life. To breach this trust would create a weeping wound in this relationship.It is wrong to kill someone even if they want to be killed and it is wrong to legalise physician assisted suicide even if a patient wants to die. This is because murder and suicide are both illegal, even if suicide cannot be punished. It would not be enough to just legalise suicide because these people who wish to die want help

Social Problems

1211 words - 5 pages example of social problem construction; but the official definition ignores the most harmful drugs – tobacco and alcohol – and targets on smaller substances like crack, cocaine, most commonly used in inner cities. (Blau 2004:7-8) But what would be the right alternative in this “war of drugs”? The Economist suggests that, “the least bad policy is to legalise drugs. “Least bad” does not mean good. Legalisation, though clearly better for producer

"Cannabis Speech" This is a speech against the legalisation of cannabis

828 words - 3 pages which sets off one of the genes which triggers schizophrenia. It can also cause sever impairment of attention span; this is why it's so dangerous to drive. Unlike alcohol, it won't be out of your system a few hours later so it may not be safe to drive for days.At the moment there are also other drug debates going on. Some politicians want ecstasy to be brought down to a class B drug. If we legalise cannabis we saying its okay to take drugs and alter

Critically assess the arguments in favour of the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana use

1322 words - 5 pages perfectly legal to walk in to a chemist and procure a range of cannabis tinctures and opium extracts, heroine and morphine. Indeed it was only due to pressure from Egypt and Turkey at the Geneva International Convention on Narcotics Control in 1925 that marijuana was included on the list of banned substances that forced the banning of it in the UK under the 1928 Dangerous Drugs Act. This meant marijuana was grouped under the same law as all other

That marijuana should not be legalised

659 words - 3 pages activation in stress response system and changes in the activity of nerve cells which regulate motivation and movement. The heart the most predominant, area of the human body is affected immensely by the use of marijuana. The risk of a heart attack quadruples in the first hour of smoking. How on earth can a government body legalise a drug that has countless bad effects on the human anatomy?An opposing argument may be that marijuana has medicinal

statement of contention on whether or not medicinal marijuana should be legalised in Australia - english year 11 - statement od contention

655 words - 3 pages values in the beginning of the speech when using an imaginary scenario and appeal to fear and insecurity was used when stating the disturbing fact about aspirin compared to medicinal cannabis. My speech also included the use of medical terminology and the integration of a key quotation taken out of a newspaper article. I used the technique attack and praise to get my audience to think badly of prescription drugs by stating that they are more

Should euthanasia be decriminalised?

1013 words - 4 pages supported the couple in their legal fight, are still continuing the fight to legalise euthanasia. ( are ethical issues, which are not in favour of euthanasia. The slippery slope debate suggests, that voluntary euthanasia is the start of a chain of events that leads to involuntary euthanasia and the killing of people who are thought undesirable or acceptable. "Once you accept killing as a solution for a single

The Mexican Drug War

854 words - 4 pages The Mexican Drug war has been going on since 2001 and has changed peoples views on Mexico as a country. It has been defined by Wikipedia as “an ongoing armed conflict between rival drug cartels fighting each other for regional control and against the Mexican government forces and civilian vigilante groups”. There are different cartels all fighting for businesses smuggling drugs into the USA. This is a major problem for Mexico and the US and if

Cannabis Legalization

1205 words - 5 pages evidence of how harmful cannabis really is. In 1971 Cannabis was reclassified by parliament and became a schedule 1 drug. This means that it was viewed as having no medicinal value. In 2002, Cannabis was reclassified again as a Class C drug meaning that it is seen as less harmful in comparison to other drugs such as Cocaine. This is reflected in the way offenders are processed by the criminal justice system, having relatively lenient sentences

Similar Essays

Marijuana Does Not Cause Serious Diseases Like Cancer

1034 words - 4 pages time has now come to legalise use of marijuana and reap the benefits of legalising this drug. Thus, this research will help us to form a view whether it is right to legalise marijuana or should it still remain as one of the illegal drugs. Every year people of Canada consume many illegal substances like and this makes potential criminals dealing in these illegal drugs billionaire. Several surveys tell us that marijuana is the most widely used

Legalization Of Drugs Essay

1096 words - 5 pages . 13 Feb. 2014. "Legalization of Drugs and Crime Rate." Food and Values --- Legalization of Drugs and Crime Rate. Google Sites. Web. 09 Dec. 2013. "10 Reasons to Legalise All Drugs." 10 Reasons to Legalise All Drugs. Legalising and Declassifying Drugs. N.p., 2013. Web. 09 Dec. 2013.

Medical Marijuana Legalisation Australia Mc Guire College, English Speech

722 words - 3 pages move to legalise medicinal marijuana will affect millions of Australians, providing them with the relief they need. There are two sides to this debate, many people believe that medicinal marijuana should not be legalised due to it having negative consequences on your health, whilst other people believe that it should be legalised due to its beneficial qualities. I believe that medicinal marijuana should be legalised in Australia, as long as it is

Is It Time To Legalise Cannabis?

849 words - 4 pages ineffective and maybe even detrimental and perhaps it is time to reconsider its legal status and move the focus from punitive to preventative. Works Cited Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party. Law Commission. (2010). Regulating and Controlling Drugs. Retrieved from Ministry of Health