Anthropology

Legalizing cannabis is the best way to protect kids from its harmful effects

The evidence is that, contrary to many warnings, ending the war on drugs does not lead to a spike in use. In Portugal, which decriminalized all drugs in 2001, fewer young people use drugs than in Britain, where they are still illegal.

The overall use in Portugal has remained roughly stable. More importantly, the harms from drug use — the health impacts and associated crime — have gone down; there are far fewer “problem” drug users than there were … The decision to legalize cannabis in Canada could be seen as a hippyish, free love move by aging potheads. But — counterintuitively — it is better understood as a hardheaded, evidence-led attempt to protect children from the undoubted dangers of drug use.

Original Article (CNN):
Legalizing cannabis is the best way to protect kids from its harmful effects
Artwork Fair Use: PierreSelim

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