Hey guys, Can't remember there ever being a topic about this. So I was just wondering what the good people of DF thought about cannabis and whether it should be decriminalized like in the Netherlands. My personal opinion is that it should be decriminalized. Holland doesn't have any more cannabis smokers than elsewhere in Europe and there's nothing to indicate that the number of users would increase if decriminalized. It's so easy to get your hands on anyways, so I believe that the people who want to have a toke on Mary Jane will do so regardless of it being legal or illegal. The major benefit of legalization would be that you can control the substance. And the government would make a ****load of money on taxes, instead of spending money and ressources fighting a war they will never win. That money could be used for education and advice about cannabis and how it affects you, and programmes for people who are addicted to it (same as alcohol basically). You would also eradicate the whole black market and all the dealers which would result in less crime. And you could buy your weed in a coffee shop in a safe environment instead of from dodgy dealers who might offer stronger substances which might tempt younger kids. We even have the head of the council (professor Nutt I think he's called) of misuse of drugs advising the government that cannabis is less harmful than cigarettes and alcohol (he got sacked for saying that because it didn't fit in with the governments current policy...freedom of speech FTW? He's a bloody scientist and should be able to state what he believes to be fact). Anyways..nobody ever died from smoking herb, and it has been used for thousands of years as opposed to the much newer drug alcohol which kills many people and causes mayhem on weekends. Even California is taking the step and you can now use it there for medical reasons (it's the only medicine for Multiple Sclerosis etc..). To me it seems insane that it's still illegal to smoke a bit of spliff. What do you guys think?