It is said that a legal Marijuana market could be worth £6.8bn in the UK but should it be legalised?

Euan Marsh, 18, a student from Norton Sheffield, says “I do think Marijuana should be legal, smoking and drinking are more harmful yet they are legal, it doesn’t make sense to me”. Interestingly there are actually many pros of legalising the drug including money; American analysts recommend that taxing the drug could raise millions each year. Also, More effective criminal justice: Legalization advocates claim that the move will provide police officers more money and time to go after criminals committing other crimes, such as violence. Julie Golland, 45, a teaching assistance from Barnsley says “Ive never really tried cannabis but why are police wasting time going after people smoking when there are people getting away with robber/ violence is seems silly!”.

Just because Marijuana is illegal that doesn’t stop people from doing it, and it never will, so why can’t we make it safe, when someone buys cannabis off the street, there is no way in knowing what danerous substances are cut into it, however current legalization efforts create a framework for a safety control system, which will work to get rid of the risk coming from smoking marijuana. By limiting the use of marijuana, we are intruding on personal freedom. Even if the drug is shown to have harmful effects, it is still the right of every individual to decide what harms him or not. Smoking cannabis is generally considered as a “victimless crime”, where only the user is at risk of experiencing the effects. Rob, 49, a police officer from Door sheffield says “I think Marijuana should be legalised for medial use, as it is effective in treating a range of health conditions and also saving lives – I really don’t see how smoking is legal when all that does is kill you”

However there are also many downsides to the Drug. Helen, 25, a shop assistance from Manchester shares her thought on the drug, “From experience of a serious addiction to the drug, I believe it should not be legalised, the drug made me tired, moody and paranoid once clean of the drug my life became a lot better”. So a downfall is that Marijuana is addictive, stopping marijuana use will lead to withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety and irritability. Cannabis can be seen as a gateway drug that potentially introduces users to more illegal substances such as cocaine or even heroin. James Brown, 26 an engineer from Norton Sheffield, says “Driving while high will result in crashes due to the drug making you drowsy/ tired also an increased chance of children taking the drug, I am against!”.