One of the more ridiculous arguments given by the pro-decriminalisation of cannabis lobby is that people are attracted to things that are forbidden. Make it legal and it won’t have the same attraction.
A simple lesson from New Labour’s disastrous relaxation of licensing laws saw consumption increased massively as every corner shop became an off-licence and supermarkets became outlets for cheap alcohol. Only the reversal of the licencing changes (unlikely) or the introduction of minimum pricing (a no-brainer for me but one that requires the tiniest backbone from politicians) will begin to address the appalling harm continuing to be caused by the alcohol free-for-all.
The libertarians advocating decriminalisation of cannabis regularly call for evidence-based debate …. except when the evidence doesn’t help their pro-drug cause.
Look at the evidence from the US state of Colorado which legalised possession and use of cannabis for those over 21 in 2012. In 2011-12, 10.4% of Coloradans aged 12 and older reported using marijuana in the month. Monthly use in Colorado has now jumped to 12.7% — more than a one fifth increase — in the 2012-13 data.
And some people want to see this happen here as well….?