Originally posted by @BTripz
However we have to be very aware of the potential risks and the fact that it *IS* and can be a gateway drug.
This isn’t an argument I’m hugely sold on. I know people that have used things that are much worse and not touched cannabis, I know people that have smoked cannabis and never touched anything else and most things in between. You can just as easily argue that alcohol is a gateway drug, which will usually be the first thing anyone tries.
Always reminds me of this
There has been mention of the cost of drinking to the state, accidents, fights etc but cannabis runs the same risk. How many people will drive stoned because they’ve only had 1 joint??
Yeah, obviously driving stoned should not be encouraged and should be punishable in the same way to drinking. But again, it’s a weak argument for banning the substance out right. How many substances can you buy/be prescribed that mean you can’t drive? To link to another point you made, I’d rather someone was driving after a joint than after drinking. Not condoning either at all, but one is certainly more dangerous than the other.