Reasons For The Decriminalization Of Cannabis

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Beginning of Prohibition

The era of cannabis prohibition which started in the 1920’s and 30’s is coming to an end. In the modern world which we live in, it is only a matter of time till cannabis will become legalised or decriminalised, the question is through which is the right path to take.

Cannabis was made illegal originally in Ireland in 1912. The core reason behind this was because it was making workers ‘lazy and unproductive’ which in turn was bad for business. Plus it did not have a strong market in Europe because it was mostly grown in the South American continent, this meant importation and tax. In the 1930’s the United States also made Cannabis illegal for a number of reasons. In this period of time America had Alcohol
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In 1996, California voters passed proposition 215, this made California the first state in the U.S to allow for the medical use cannabis. (3) Even in 2014 the President of the Unites States Barack Obama has showed support in the decriminalisation of cannabis, he himself was a smoker of the herb in his youthful days and is quoted saying “I think carefully prescribed medical use of marijuana may in fact be appropriate and we should follow the science as opposed to ideology on this issue, but I’m also on record as saying that the more we treat some of these issues related to drug abuse from a public health model and not just from an incarceration model, the better off we’re going to be." He also believes it is “no more dangerous then alcohol”. (4) This shows how far the U.S have come in the development of Prohibition since …show more content…
(10) This act emphasises Ireland’s strict laws of control and regulation regarding cannabis and other various drugs. The act outlines the following set laws. Any individual found with cannabis or a controlled drug on their possession, may be found guilty of a criminal offence. Depending on the quantity of the drug and or if the individual planned to use the drug for personal use or to sale, this will determine the punishment. The punishment could be a fine, imprisonment or both depending on the severity and number of offences the individual defendant has committed in the past. An individual may be summoned or indicted to court depending on the circumstances and details of the case. The Minister for health may also make regulations to prevent the misuse of drugs. If an individual is caught growing cannabis plants, they be summonsed or indicted to a court of law. They could also face a fine and prison of up to 14 years. If an individual has intention to sell a controlled drug, they could face a fine, prison sentence or both. The prison sentence could be as severe as life, this all depends on the market value of the drugs and the details of the case. Any individual who has intention to import drugs may face similar penalties. The act was amended in 1984 with the new Misuse of Drugs Act 1984, the primary

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