As you know Alan Jones, the Greens, the ALP and Labor-lite Liberal MPs want marijuana legalised. Well we only need to look at the USA where the drug has been legalised to know the consequences. Firstly know one is really calling for the legalisation of marijuana, just new regulations to control its use. It is not as if the government won’t try to tax the sale and regulate the content of marijuana. From the WSJ:
…young people who become addicted to marijuana lose an average of six IQ points by adulthood. A long line of studies have found similar results—in 2012, a decades-long study of more than 1,000 New Zealanders who frequently smoked pot in adolescence pegged the IQ loss at eight points….Northwestern School of Medicine researchers reported in the Schizophrenia Bulletin in December that teens who smoked marijuana daily for about three years showed abnormal brain-structure changes. Marijuana use has clearly been linked to teen psychosis as well as decreases in IQ and permanent brain damage….The reason more are now using marijuana is because of its changing legal status—from something that was dangerous and forbidden to a product that is now considered “medicinal,” and in the states of Colorado and Washington recreational…..Legality is the mother of availability, and availability….is the mother of use….Mark A.R. Kleiman, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, has estimated that legalization can be expected to increase marijuana consumption by four to six times.
In other words it is probably cheaper to the public purse to keep marijuana illegal than to ‘decriminalise’ its use.