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To legalise or not to legalise?

To legalise or not to legalise?

by: Sheilan Clarke - 3 December 2015

In part one, we explained to you about the Medical Innovation Bill that is currently up for debate. Here’s a bit more information to help you decide which side of the argument you’re on.

Now in part two, we get the opinion from two experts — a medical doctor and a drug counselor and a young medical cannabis user about the possible pros and cons of legalising medicinal cannabis.

Did you know?

Many young people in South Africa make use of illegal cannabis for medical purposes.

Cannabis has been used for centuries. It’s been used longer for medicinal use than for recreational use.  The first recorded use for medicinal purposes was in India between 1100 – 1700 BC.

When cannabis was first brought to the UK, Queen Victoria smoked it to relieve her of menstrual cramps during the 1890s.

The economy could get a boost by legalising cannabis for medical use. Through taxation and regulation, cannabis grew to be a roughly $25 billion industry. Money that otherwise would’ve gone to illegal drug dealers. Yet, criminal activities like the falsifying prescriptions or the selling of cannabis could lead to bigger social problems.  

Once you’ve seen the video, please complete our survey to let us know what you think.

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