Seems to be able to trigger psychosis, for sure.
And I don't think it does brains or lungs any good at all.
The question for me is what community response does least harm?
I don't think attempts at prohibition have worked at all. We have criminalization of people who would otherwise not touch the criminal justice system, corruption of law enforcement authorities, just as two negative consequences, with no evidence of as far as I know that it stops anyone from using.
Seems to me governments can rationally go two ways:
Legalize and make lots of money (as with tobacco and alcohol), some of which goes to attempt to remediate some of the harmful effects of the drug.
Decriminalize, either fully, or to some degree.
My state government has kind of decriminalized....possession of marijuana up to, (I think, currently) two plants....it's treated like a traffic offence...on the spot fine.
More than that is treated as trafficking and you get charged with a criminal offence.
So do you honestly want to use some psychological disorder which probably is a result of natural occurrence anyways? As an excuse to keep drugs illegal?
I think it is absolutely absurd that someone would use some psychological phenomena as a point as to why it should remain illegal when the flip side of the situation since it is illegal is a million times worse. Look at all the people that get sent to jail for possession.
Its a burden on law enforcement where they could be actually putting their resources towards things that actually do matter. It would remove some of the incentive for people to steal property to pay for drugs since they are expensive.
Tax payers wouldn't have to pay for the incarceration of drug dealers who are basically not harming anyone because anyone willing to purchase drugs have already decided they were going to use them anyways.
Alcohol and tobacco kill more people than all illegal drugs combined.
Just in case this thread begins to follow the medical implications - There are none! Cannabinoids are produced naturally in the body's system, in the same way as glucose, testosterone, adrenalin, etc.
Cannabis can be eaten, so needn't cause any ill-effect on the lung.
It also has nothing to do with schizophrenia or psychosis, it may amplify these disorders, but it does not create them.
Tobacco kills via lung cancer right?...and marijuana is believed to cause 5 times the amount of lung damage...
This is one of the more farcial claims I've ever seen. Heroin is also produced naturally in the body - I'm sure you know what taking too much of that does to you. Same with adrenalin. Vitamins are necessary to health, yet too much of any one of them also produces illness.