Drug Use Policy Options Introduction The idea of legalizing cannabis, also known as marijuana, as well as other drugs, is distasteful to many members of our community, and it is blamed for a number of different social problems linked to health, economic and moral degradation. It is clear that cannabis is seen by many as a so-called gateway drug, which seduces people into becoming drug addicts over the long term, whether or not this is actually true (Davenport-Hines, 2002). At the same time, there are strong counter arguments to be made. In some jurisdictions of the world such as The Netherlands, some forms of drugs have been effectively legalized for the purpose of economic and social control (Boyd, 2011). This is linked to the fact that...The end:
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