OPINION: Although it might come as a surprise to a few people it has recently been proven that smoking marijuana before the age of 18 has adverse effects on a person's mental health.
The theory behind this study has been known for many years, and I remember quite clearly getting this speech directed at myself when I was in my youth, but it is great to finally see some evidence in the form of an international study.
The findings may suggest that our current laws are working and that we should not look towards decriminalisation, but I beg to differ.
One fact we fail to take from the study is that the under-18-year-olds got hold of the illegal narcotic marijuana in the first place, not only once but enough times for it to be classed as a habit.
This suggests that laws surrounding marijuana simply don't work and need to be revised; we need to make it harder for children to get a hold of, and we should stop throwing consenting adults in prison.
The Government needs to accept it has lost the war and start regulating the drug.
Marijuana, and even the majority of illicit drugs, are reasonably safe if manufactured properly and used in moderation by a healthy adult. The fact that they are all illegal only helps make them dangerous and certainly does not stop use or manufacture.
Every person in this country deserves the freedom to choose how they treat their own body, and what pampering or punishment they may set on it.
Are we going to ban rugby next? How about boxing? We all know the significant mental health problems that can arrive from full contact sports.
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