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Published on Jul 25, 2010
Legalize marijuana demonstration which gathered in University Avenue then marched down the road, turned left into Byres Rd and continued through Glasgow's West End, turned left again at Dumbarton Road and Argyle St, passed Kelvin Hall and the Museum & Art Galleries to much cheering from young people on the embankment until they reached Kelvingrove Park where the sound of reggae beats could be heard (whenever the PA system worked intermittently!) The pace of the march was swift as people were eager to proceed to the next stage of things! The annual Glasgow legalise cannabis demo took place this year on July 24th. See http://ssy.org.uk/2010/07/prohibition... for a good article on the history of drugs and prohibition. Despite cannabis being a less harmful drug than alcohol and prescription painkillers and drugs used to treat extreme anxiety and hyperactivity, it is still illegal in most places. Medical and police experts recognise that marijuana is not a dangerous drug, and in fact the majority of police feel it to be a waste of their time to have to deal with cases of marijuana possession when their resources would be better spent on tackling real crimes. Cannabis was classified as a list C drug but instead of legalising it, the government upgraded it to class B drug, probably to make it extremely difficult to legalise by placing it two steps away from legalisation but only one step away from being associated with hard drugs. This demonisation of marijuana continues in spite of long experience showing that it is relatively harmless compared with substances like alcohol which is legal in most places. Certainly, the smoking of pot is not healthy but ordinary cigarettes, which harm the lungs, the cardiovascular and immune system are not banned and there are other ways to consume marijuana. There is much documented evidence showing that marijuana is helpful for many chronic or terminal painful conditions such as multiple sclerosis or cancer. Some parents have used it as a more natural substitute to Ritalin to treat severe hyperactivity and anxiety in their child where all else has failed or caused severe side effects. They have used a medicinal version of cannabis where there are only very low levels of the psycho-active ingredient. As far as recreational use of the normal strength cannabis for adults is concerned, it causes less social problems than alcohol. Most murders and stabbings occur under the influence of alcohol, whereas cannabis, by contrast, renders people calm and peaceable. Some people with anger-management problems who feel tempted to consume alcohol when stressed and who would become aggressive and possibly violent have learned that taking cannabis is a safer option. No drug whether alcohol or cannabis or caffeine is totally without side-effects and all three of those substances, two of which are legal, give the liver and kidneys extra work to do, but it has been recognised by medical experts that when taken in moderation and not abused it will not do any long-term damage to the body and all three substances have some beneficial effects with low to moderate consumption. On November 2nd Californians are voting on Proposition 19, a California ballot proposition to legalise various marijuana-related activities. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Californ... for more information. It will be interesting to watch the outcome as the legalization of cannabis in the state of California could have an effect in other states. It is already legal in some places and the more places that legalise it, the quicker it is likely to be legalised elsewhere.