Advantages and Disadvanatages of the Legalisation of Marijuana Essay
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With considered reference to scholarly literature on the subject, assess the advantages and disadvantages of Cannabis Legalisation in Australia.
Domenic Santoro 41748638
Marijuana is the dried up leaves, steams and flowers from the plant Cannabis saliva which is intended for the use as a psychoactive drug (Dennis & White, 1999). The drug has multiple contemporary uses such as a recreational drug, religious rights or as medicine. Marijuana is illegal in Australia bound by the International hague Convention on Narcotics, creating importation controls to be taken over drugs. However, many Australian's still use the drug and believe that it is no worse than alcohol or tobacco. This report will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of Cannabis Legalisation in Australia. The report will examine the right of choice, the use of marijuana as medicine and commodity, and the implementation of a tax to create revenue for the economy whilst examining the side effects of its use in relation to the health effects, dependancy of the drug, influence of youth and the influence it has on other illicit drugs.
In the legalisation of marijuana, one of the fundamental concepts is the idea that the individual should have the right to adjudicate whether to use marijuana or not (& White, 1999). The individual from a philosophical point of view deserves the right to make a choice for themselves and not be abridged by the government. The government has the right to limit individuals actions for those that pose a significant threat. However marijuana is the most used illicit drug in Australia with reports of over 1/3 of all Australian's over the age of 14 having tried the drug. Marijuana is also claimed to have no real harm to individuals with no recorded deaths (NDSHS, 2007). It should be recognised that the right to choose whether or not to use marijuana would have to be linked to the idea