The Greatest Threat From Cannabis Lies in its Illegality

The 2011 Global Commission on Drug Policy’s opening declaration — “the global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies […] fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed” — could hardly be more definitive.

Front and centre is the continued prohibition of cannabis, arresting 57,429 Canadians for simple possession in 2012. On the afternoon of April 20, otherwise known as “4/20,” recreational cannabis users from all over the globe will gather in public spaces to spark up and mellow out with friends and associates in peaceful civil disobedience against a harmful law. The day has become a global ‘flip of the bird’ to anti-drug warriors and cowardly policy makers who hide behind the “we don’t have enough evidence” fraud.

It’s beyond ironic to hear policy makers repeat this canard because cannabis was added to Canada’s list of prohibited substances in 1923 on the basis of no evidence whatsoever. Since then, a veritable mountain of peer-reviewed science has converged on the conclusion that of all the currently illicit drugs, cannabis is by far the least dangerous and considerably safer than either alcohol or tobacco. Its greatest threat to users and society — as the 2002 Senate Report on Illegal Drugs concluded — lies in its continued criminality, not its use.

– Read the entire article at Huffington Post.