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Ansuman Mishra

I agree to the fact that prohibition of marijuana has its own problems. But is legalising use of marijuana a solution? If marijuana was sold openly in markets and are readily accessible, there is every chance that it could lead to abuse of the product, especially among the youth who would try to experiment with it. Use of marijuana is promoted by people who have already used it, and once people try it, they would be willing to use it again and again.And with a readily available market, abuse of marijuana could very well lead to serious health problems. One may argue that it is an individual's choice. Fair enough. But how far is legalising marijuana going to help people? It would just give them another alternative of such products. Medically marijuana might have some benefits, but one must agree the most potential uses arise due to a need to relieve stress, peer pressure and curiosity (http://drug.addictionblog.org/why-people-use-marijuana-top-10-reasons/). Non-legalisation has its own problems, but legalisation is definitely not a solution. Rather a nationwide awareness campaign is a necessity.

27 Aug, 2014 |


Purvabh Surana

Legalizing is not even close to setting up a mandi for marijuana. In Uruguay, for example, there are very strict rules regarding who can buy it, how much can they buy, and under the many what circumstance can any such sale be disallowed. Our point towards marijuana is actually allowing people to experiment with it, on their own terms, in safe, regulated environments, instead of having to deal with dodgy characters, and shady areas which the current laws actually help flourish As far as abuse goes, more people kill themselves with painkillers every month than marijuana has ever. In fact, not only is marijuana far less addictive than almost every other stimulant, half as addictive as alcohol and almost a fourth as addictive as nicotine, but in fact, the active components, can in no physically deliverable dose ever be fatal. To put things into perspective, there are doses at which coffee can kill you, much more easily. Out of the limits of moderation, anything can become a serious health hazard. Legalizing it will allow people to make informed choices, just as we allow people to make regarding say alcohol, or nicotine. It will break the underground nexus that currently deals in marijuana, bring regulation and control. It will allow you keep track of consumption, and demand, along with the consumers. The money saved on meaningless policing, and zero significance arrests, along with the human cost of all the lives meaningless destroyed by incarceration for what's hardly a misdemeanor can all be avoided. And all this, is without even considering the financials. The precise point of this endeavour is to allow people to decide what they want to use it for, and not be at the mercy of the local dealers prohibition spawns. We wholeheartedly agree. Reasonable individuals across the nation have the right to full, free and fair information regarding this sensitive issue, so they can make informed choices, instead of having dogmatic, moralizing judgement shoved down their throats.

28 Aug, 2014 |

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Abhishek Karekar

To implement and ensure a safe and regulatory environment for consumption in India would have its own huuuge costs, I believe surpassing the costs of ban. Beside corruption would aggravate the matter further, regulatory officials would make money at the expense of social damage at large

28 Aug, 2014 |


Ankur Dewan

Today you are vociferously campaigning for the legalization of marijuana, so what is next on your checklist – legalization of METH?

28 Aug, 2014 |


Hemant Agarwal

Yes I believe you, after all who are these big brothers regulating us everything should be allowed there should be no restrictions ... anybody can murder anyone ... anybody can do what they want... regulations are a waste aren't they .. I don't say we shouldn't evolve and ward of traditions and rules which are non coherent with current times but legalizing everything anything doesn't go well.

28 Aug, 2014 |


Anurag Ghosh

Lifting prohibition for the sake of money in the form of taxes & duties is totally unacceptable .

28 Aug, 2014 |


Anurag Ghosh

Further I did not understand that how prohibition of marijuana can generate violence or spread aids? This is really outrageous.

28 Aug, 2014 |


Ashish Verma

A youngsters, with a cigarette in one hand and a buzz in his head. If that's how you want to see the country, then by all means, legalize marijuana. and there is no proof about the claims that Marijuana does not cause brain damage, genetic damage, etc. whereas there is plenty of research matter which proves the exact opposite. I mean, on what grounds can you claim such things?

28 Aug, 2014 |


Vinti Narula

This stand is simply outrageous. The society, already reaching deplorable levels of moral corruption, does not need any more narcotics.

28 Aug, 2014 |


Purvabh Surana

@Ashish, I welcome your stand, and by all means, please give me the links to this legendary research you refer to. Till then, please chew on this What you refer to as "studies" showed structural changes in several brain regions were found in two rhesus monkeys exposed to THC. Because these changes primarily involved the hippocampus, a cortical brain region known to play an important role in learning and memory, this finding suggested possible negative consequences for human marijuana users. However, to achieve these results, massive doses of THC - up to 200 times the psychoactive dose in humans - had to be given . In fact, studies employing 100 times the human dose have failed to reveal any damage. In the most recently published study, rhesus monkeys were exposed through face-mask inhalation to the smoke equivalent of four to five joints per day for one year. When sacrificed seven months later, there was no observed alteration of hippocampal architecture, cell size, cell number, or synaptic configuration. The authors conclude: "while behavioral and neuroendocrinal effects are observed during marijuana smoke exposure in the monkey, residual neuropathological and neurochemical effects of marijuana exposure were not observed seven months after the year-long marijuana smoke regimen." Slikker, W. et al, "Behavioral, Neurochemical, and Neurohistological Effects of Chronic Marijuana Smoke Exposure in the Nonhuman Primate," pp 219-74 in L. Murphy and A. Bartke (eds), Marijuana/Cannabinoids Neurobiology and Neurophysiology, Boca Raton: CRC Press (1992). I tried looking for all the genetic damage marijuana causes, but all I could find were more judgements, no facts. Please do help me find these reports?

28 Aug, 2014 |


Purvabh Surana

@Vinti How sweet. You continue to use the imperative tone IN a judgement type sentence structure, as usual without the slightest hints of any supportive evidence. But then I'm sure that the high perch you're on doesn't need mortal contrivances like supporting statements, any research, or even a logic based argument for that matter. By thy divinely endowed rights on deciding the state of entire societies, you can pass decrees on what we need and what we don't. I'm sure there's a cave full of Taliban leaders taking careful notes for their next fatwa from your speech. Please send them my regards.

28 Aug, 2014 |


Siva M

@Ankur Dewan legalizing pot -> legalizing METH = My name is Khan -> You're a terrorist

28 Aug, 2014 |


Nikhar Mattu

Nice article....although some points are more relevant to the American society than Indian(The Gun example) but all in all an articulate and well structured article.

29 Aug, 2014 |


Nikhar Mattu

@Purvabh You are trying to use logic with people who harbour dogmatic views, it's like using rationality with religious people...it never works!

29 Aug, 2014 |