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Cannabis Laws & Rates
have read most of the information on you're site, and
I find it really interesting. I am writting to ask you
if it is possible for you to provide me with information
concerning the effects of consumption if cannabis were
to be legalised in the UK.
users report that their consumption of cannabis would
be unaffected by any change in the law. The average
amount used has not increased significantly despite
a real reduction in prices (cannabis resin prices have
been falling since 1994, and are now lower than they
were in 1986).
suspect that if cannabis were legalised, there would
be an initial surge in use, these new users would either
like it and continue, or dislike it and not use again.
As cannabis has been widely available for over 30 years,
most of those who have not yet used would have no wish
to do so.
would, however, expect a greater willingness of existing
users to report use (e.g. to opinion pollsters), once
the risk of a criminal record was removed. I would also
expect to see a sharp increase in use among the older
generation (50+ age group) who had passed into adulthood
before cannabis became widely available, and who are
of a generation with greater respect for and deference
to the law.
against this, I would not be surprised to see a reduction
in the popularity of cannabis among younger people (e.g.
teenagers), as the forbidden fruit, when no longer forbidden,
loses much of its sweetness. If their parents and grandparents
were also using cannabis, the defiant motivation to
use would go, and cannabis could even become 'uncool'.
of cannabis, and reduction in the law-enforcement resources
devoted to cannabis probihition, could generate a net
gain of up to £5 billion per year to the UK government.