I am a 16 year old male, living in a country, which is in a tough position right now, and normally, despite what may be said, young peoples ideas are swept under the rug and seen as useless. However, our country is in an economic mess and I for one believe everything that can possibly be done to help improve it, should be done.
Every year, alcohol abuse alone costs the NHS £3 Billion, and Nicotine costs a further £2.7 Billion on top of this. I know much of this can be regained through government taxation on these drugs, but what makes them different to other illegal drugs?
Surely, the benefits of legalising drugs such as Cannabis outweigh the negatives. For example, legalising the drug would:
- Enable the government to tax the drug, bringing in millions of revenue, with far lower costs to the NHS.
- Enable the government to control the drug, reducing the risk of more dangerous or toxic chemicals being included in the drug, than what may be available on the street.
- Reduce crime, many gangs rely on drug dealing to fund other, larger scale crimes, if the government were able to sell the drug, the gangs market would surely dry up.
- Save money for the Police, who are forced to spend millions of the limited budget tackling drug related "crime".
- Help Children. I know this is an odd one, but at some point in a child's life they will be offered drugs, and despite governments attempts to inform children of the risks in schools, many will still choose to accept. But what is better for a child, taking a drug such as Cannabis, which is unlikely to cause any damage to the child, or alternate "legal" highs, such as weed killer and deodrant, which have left families without children?
I know my opinion will probably be ignored, and this is unlikely to be read by anyone of any real authority, but if this does reach the eyes of someone important, just think carefully, because sometimes swallowing your pride and accepting that you are wrong can be the best thing to do, especially when it concerns people's lives.