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Should the supply of cannabis be legalised now?

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 03 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4473

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Re: Should the supply of cannabis be legalised now?

This article is intriguing in what it doesn't discuss.

Cannabis use harms society in a variety of ways, but this article focuses almost exclusively on the harm done to users, and how legalisation might affect this.

More harm is probably done through the criminalisation than through the drugs per se. This was not discussed. The petty crime to fund the habit. The recruitment of young people into crime, as couriers and small-scale dealers. The gun and knife crime in our inner cities, a large part of which is a by-product of the war on drugs. The massive profits that go into funding organised crime.

It is interesting that the benefits of removing this income stream from crime syndicates were not discussed in the article.

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 July 2019
Peter English
Public Health Physician
Kent, Surrey and Sussex PHE Centre, County Hall North, Chart Way