I found this somewhat ironic given your username then again my avatar does look like a nug of weed so who am I to judge.
I'm not necessarily replying to you but your link does make a good point about the the obvious. How safe is it? Safety of Marijuana for Recreational Purposes
There are dangers and it's up to me to make a case to convince those who are skeptical that legalizing marijuana is safe so please be as critical of anything I say as you possibly can. A lot of damage done to society often actually comes from the criminalization of drugs so please keep this in mind when weighing up the pros and cons as highlighted by Nozz earlier in this thread.
Yes, there are risks with any such substance. Marijuana is no different. Alcohol and tobacco also have risks but most people happily tolerate these drugs. Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK produced a drug ranking a few years back that caused some controversy. A senior government medical advisor (David Nutt) criticized the status quo classification who headed the same drug ranking.
His findings to say the least were not convenient to the Labour administration at the time and he was sacked. Essentially looking at the chart you should see how dangerous marijuana and ecstasy are to drugs like tobacco and alcohol. Both these drugs cause problems.
The governments justification was wishy washy at best drawing reference to:
1. It's traditional to ban drugs.
2. It's what people want.
Not exactly the epitome of evidence based policy making.
My sacking has cast a huge shadow over the relationship of science to policy. Several of the science experts from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) have resigned in protest and it seems likely that many others will follow suit. This means the Home Office no longer has a functioning advisory group, which is very unfortunate given the ever-increasing problems of drugs and the emergence of new ones. Also it seems unlikely that any “true” scientist — one who can only speak the truth — will be able to work for this, or future, Home Secretaries.
Much of the scientific community were disappointed in the governments decision to sack him and many gave their public support to Nutt. He was objective and meticulous in his work and it was peer reviewed and it received the approval of those in his field. This shows how much of the stigma and fear associated with recreational drugs is mostly populist and political with little basis in real evidence. By legalizing we can control strain and subsequently the potency and overall quality of the drug and help minimise the many of the harmful effects that your paper linke to draws attention on. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6474053.stmhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/commen ... 898671.ecehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Nutthttp://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009 ... hnson-nutt
There is minimal support for it in the government but I would expect that to change if the Irish public did. One of the few supporters on marijuana legalization is one of the few sensible politicians we have Ivana Bacik.