Legalisation would also send the wrong message to the vast majority of people who do not take drugs, especially young and vulnerable people, with the potential grave risk of increased misuse of drugs.
Despite the potential opportunity offered by legalisation to raise revenue through taxation, there would be costs in relation to administrative, compliance and law enforcement activities, as well as the wider costs of drug prevention and health services.
Supporters argue that benefits include taxing legal marijuana, which could potentially bring in a lot of public revenue.
There are currently 18 American States that have medical marijuana laws in place, but there’s still a big issue at hand; Cannabis is considered illegal under federal law.Photo courtesy Kelly Jacobs/File Photo After generating lots of buzz, the organizers of a statewide ballot initiative to legalize cannabis in Mississippi and commute the sentences of people incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes fear their dreams are going up in smoke due to disturbing efforts to kill it."There is no way we are going to be able to vote for this in 2016," said Kelly Jacobs, one of the lead organizers of Initiative 48, in a telephone interview with the JFP.The current legal status of marijuana in South Africa, as we all know, is illegal.But it’s pretty apparent that the market just keeps on growing; busts are getting bigger and more people are opening up about their support for the herb. Office on Drugs and Crime’s “World Drug Report” states that between 119 million to 224 million of people 18 and older used marijuana in 2010, making it the most consumed illicit drug in the world.It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.