The recent Italian bill on the legalization of cannabis, which had been signed by 240 MPs from different parties, reopened the debate on the so-called “soft drugs.” A definition that is misleading and even dangerous because it does not take into account the real effects of such substances.
They are addictive and lead to dangerous behaviors. Just try to imagine that starting from tomorrow, people who teach, drive trams or pilot planes may begin to smoke joints before going to work… Cannabis hurts, damages our immune system, causes birth defects, infertility, cardiovascular diseases, strokes, and even testicular cancer. It weakens cognition, memory, and attention, thus increasing the risk of road accidents.
Its consumption affects our studying and working performance, as well as our interpersonal relationships. To legalize cannabis means to boost demand for it. Liberalization, if it happens, will certainly not allow to repress criminal organizations; instead, it will give fluidity to a dual market: the legal and the illegal.
It is not true that legalization would decrease the incidence of crime traffic; on the contrary, it would double the intake channels, producing a legal one next to the illegal. We have already seen this happen with prostitution, whose legalization – far from being a deterrent factor – has become yet another way to do business. A simple principle: higher demand means higher supply.
Moreover, growing it personally does not allow to control the percentage of THC (the main psychoactive agent) present in the cannabis plant. The parents and educators of the different communities have to come together to hear the cry of so many young slaves of various addictions. It is important.