|I believe that legalisation likely comes with a slight hike initially as some people would try it out, then it would go slightly down again, with steady growth for a year or so and any change in usage after that would be based on factors unrelated to legality. As I recall from recent reading, cannabis has become more widely used amongst young adults and teenagers in Scandinavia, while alcohol and smoking has gone down, despite virtually no changes in law. Interestingly enough, the Netherlands, the only place in the world at the moment (besides Colorado and Washington) with de facto legalised marijuana, have less cannabis users as a percentage of population than Denmark, Canada, Australia, Italy, or France.|
That is plausible. The question that we may try to find an answer to, however, is to what extent the marijuana usage will increase, and how it will keep on going, and how it will affect the society and its people.
I also recalled that cannabis is more widely used among young people in Scandinavia. I have friends who have used it or use other forms of more powerful drugs. While it is interesting that the Netherlands have legalised marijuana and have less cannabis users I am not sure if there is any direct link between legalization and lower usage. The alcohol consumption has gone down here in Sweden despite no change in terms of law.
|There's no logic in this. When you go buy some folköl from the supermarket, or even hard liquor from state-owned outlets, you're not prompted to start taking other drugs. The status quo, funnily enough, is what gets people into the "drug sphere". Since the sale of marijuana is pretty much an illicit trade, anybody involved in that trade is much more likely to be involved in other forms of illegal activities, including the use of harder drugs, etc. With legalisation, there would be a clear legal wall of isolation between marijuana & alcohol, and harder drugs..|
Folköl has 3,5 % alcohol content. Age restriction is 18 years old. Folköl is less addictive than any other alcohol beverage you buy at Systembolaget. Studies have shown that young people who use alcohol are more likely to become addicted to it at an older age. If marijuana is legalized it may aswell have the same effect.
Even with legalization I cannot personally find a reason to why people that use marijuana would steer away from more harmfull drugs. I believe it may be more likely that they do not do that.
|It most definitely will, but it will be punishable the way purchasing alcohol is. Keep in mind that, since the purchase of cannabis is currently illegal in most places, there is absolutely no incentive for the dealer to require you to be over 18. In a large number of areas in the US, it's easier for teens to get hold of marijuana than it is to get liquor, because it's easier to get access to drug dealers who don't ask for ID than it is to get someone over 21 to buy you alcohol.|
I am not sure that marijuana usage would decrease if legalized. People may aswell think that since it is legal they can try it out because it becomes more socially acceptable like alcohol. Even though it may be easy to get hold on marijuana in certain countries and/or areas that does not necessary speaks for legalization as the only solution to decrease it. The problem may be tied to social problems, or laws that may require reforms, or simply busts against the use of marijuana.
| Ideally, anybody around under 20 shouldn't be taking mind-altering substances regularly. Especially alcohol. Marijuana too, but the harm done by alcohol is still worse. |
Marijuana have negative effects on out cognitive abilities especially if were speaking about longterm use. Despression, anxiety, memory problems and problems linked to problem solving, delusions, is some of the effects.
I recommend that nobody take marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes, coke, coffee, or any other drug in such amounts that damages their health significantly. The key is moderation.
This is the problem: marijuana causes far more badly long-term effects than alcohol especially for young people. Their cognitive ability is negatively affected especially in the age 13-20. Marijuana also causes other complications as smoking in general does. The way I see it alcohol is already a problem and I do not think that one health problem speaks for adding another.