Another reader emails on the issue of cannabis legalisation¬†responding¬†to William’s email.
Brett makes some good points too:
After reading your correspondents argument for legalisation of cannabis I thought the alternative view was worth considering as well. The concept that legalising cannabis removes the ‚Äúcost of fighting violent cartels‚ÄĚ ‚Ä¶. and ‚Äúprevent ordinary otherwise law abiding citizens from consuming public resources‚ÄĚ is simplistic in its approach and overstates the potential benefits.
Firstly the concept of violent cartels doesn‚Äôt really apply in NZ to the extent it does in South America for example. For sure organised criminal gangs are actively involved in distribution of cannabis but legalising cannabis would not remove them from the NZ crime scene, it would simply cause them to focus on other revenue streams such as meth, heroin etc. It would however create another method to launder revenue from the other illegal activities as legitimate cannabis revenue. it would probably also increase their business opportunities as a flow on effect.¬† More legal drug users mean more potential illegal drug users as there is plenty of evidence supporting the concept of Cannabis increasing the susceptibility to addiction. Its simply about growing target markets.
By creating a legal cannabis industry you are creating an industry that has a vested interest in increasing cannabis use.¬†The more people who smoke, the more profit they generate.¬†The last thing our economy needs is an increased population of hop heads who cant function to reasonable levels of productivity. There is absolutely no doubt that cannabis use results in poorer cognitive performance. While Alcohol is metabolised out of the body in a matter of hours, cannabis takes six weeks or more. Due to the fact that the THC deposits itself in certain body fats, particularly those around the brain, its effects are cumulative. Some studies indicate that regular use of cannabis¬† lowers the average IQ of the user by 6 points. Just what we need in NZ , more dumbasses who don‚Äôt contribute to society!
Think that legalisation wouldn‚Äôt increase its use? Did lowering the drinking age contribute to increased youth binge drinking and the associated social problems? Did legalised synthetic cannabis create a new population of drug users because ‚Äėit was legal‚Äô and promoted by greedy manufacturers with no ethics? ¬† Read more »