Possession of cannabis is contraband in most countries as a result of the agreement about Indian hemp, avowed as hashish in the International Opium Convention (1925).
Cannabis, indigenous to central and south Asia, conjointly popular as marijuana and is intended for use as a psychoactive drug or medicine. Since, 3rd millennium B.C., it is mostly used recreationally or as a medicinal drug. In some parts, it is also used as a part of sacerdotal or ethereal liturgy. Usage of the drug has increased since 2013. In 2013 between 128 and 232 million people used cannabis i.e. equal to 2.7% to 4.9% of the global population between the ages of 15 to 65. The legality of cannabis for personal and recreational use variegates from country to country. Possession of cannabis is contraband in most countries as a result of the agreement about Indian hemp, avowed as hashish in the International Opium Convention (1925).
Some Canadian cities, some territories of Australia (possession of 50 pounds is legalised), Bangladesh, Chile, Jamaica, Czech Republic, Spain, Uruguay, the Netherlands ( it is semi-legalised), North Korea and some U.S. states have meanest prohibitive cannabis laws, while countries practicing forbidding cannabis laws are namely, China, Egypt, France, Iran , Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.
The drug is most extensively at hand illicit drug and its use, the most rapidly increasing victimless crime.
Legalising it would explicitly beget addicts, but the flip side of the coin is that legalising cannabis would be worth hundreds of millions.
National income would receive significant boost if cannabis use was regulated in the same way as tobacco. Legalizing would not just generate high tax revenues but would also create many job opportunities. Also, limiting the demand for illicit drug by making a licit supply available from a legally regulated market- would create stability and place in drug producing nations. It possess rich medicinal value- it can kill cancer cells be it the flower or the oil. Epilepsy, along with pain from AIDS and nausea from chemotherapy as afflictions are also some medical problems that cannabis tend to alleviate. On could also add glaucoma, Crohn’s disease and muscle spasms related to multiple sclerosis, and a host of other conditions to those marijuana has effectively treated.
Also, cannabis addiction stands at a lower rate when it comes to coffee addictions. Talking of its safety it is 114 times safer than alcohol, casual use by adults poses little or no risk for healthy people-its effects are moistly euphoric or mild, whereas alcohol turns some drinkers into barroom brawlers, domestic abusers or maniacs behind the wheel. Also, it has never been directly linked to any serious disease, the way tobacco has with cancer or alcohol with cirrhosis. Even the lungs don’t seem to take much abuse from marijuana Legalising cannabis would also in no way create a situation of crime epidemic. Further, it is a noticeable point that most people now think that it is bad for health so legalising it would definitely not encourage youngsters to try it out.
Legalising cannabis would in fact recharge the economy, and if aided with certain limits not such a curse, whatsoever.
It is not cannabis but the illegal market, with no standards, regulations or price controls that poses a menace to public health. Most federal laws, treat cannabis as equivalent to cocaine and heroin-creating a truly unrealistic picture of the law makers on matters of drug policy. Legalisation with adequate regulation would also help combat teen marijuana use. The more one examines the evidence, the less it seems there is any reason at all for cannabis prohibition to remain in place. After all, legal substances can be controlled in ways illegal ones cannot.
By – Aishwarya Himanshu