There are many arguments for the prohibition of cannabis, but do any of them hold water? To find out, Kurzgesagt's latest video takes a look at 3 of the strongest arguments for keeping cannabis illegal.
Cannabis Causes Psychosis
THC (the psychoactive compound found in marijuana) consumption has been linked to the development of psychosis. But this is largely confined to people who would be at risk of developing things like schizophrenia anyway.
And if people are worried that large doses of THC will lead to more cases of schizophrenia and other mental disorders, then they should actually support legalization, because the black market has been developing strains with increasingly high THC that are also less potent in CBD - a neuroprotective that can counterbalance the effects of THC.
But since cannabis is sold on the streets as an intoxicant, dealers aren't interested in the plant's neuroprotective component so much as the chemical that induces euphoria for eager customers.
Cannabis Is A Gateway Drug
Around 45% of long-term cannabis consumers have tried another illegal drug during their lifetime earning it the title of gateway drug. However, the real gateway to illicit drug use is something available on the legal market: cigarettes.
Cannabis Is Bad For You
This, we really don't know. Drug consumption, overall, is bad for developing brains, but without more research and data it's hard to draw any serious conclusions about this. But even if cannabis is bad for you, then banning it still isn't the best way to deter consumption since prohibition empowers street dealers who are not obligated to test their products or restrict access to adults.
Legalization can actually address most of these concerns. THC levels can be monitored and controlled, and consumers can be given a range of products to suit their needs and desires. Problematic drug use becomes a health issue, not a legal matter, and research can be easily conducted, making our understanding of cannabis much more comprehensive.