Should Hemp Be Legal?

Recent legalizations have fuelled the eternal debate about marijuana. Should hemp be legal or illegal? We’ll take a look at the possibility of its legalisation and the consequent dilemmas from a legal point of view.

It is quite difficult to be right or wrong when it comes to this subject as subjectiveness plays an important role in every aspect of it. However, there are a few elements that need to be fully understood. 

Legality – The state or quality of being in conformity with the law; lawfulness.

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Therefore, we can assume that the actual law has to embrace certain behaviours (such as possessing, consuming or selling hemp) in order for them to be legal. Nonetheless, it is us who decide what is or isn’t embraced by the law, and we do it by creating, signing and ratifying constitutions (amongst other processes), which vary depending on the state they are bound by. 

Hence we, as citizens, have an important responsibility when deciding what we should consider legal or illegal. And that is where the debate lies when it comes to hemp, because we have to decide whether its legalization will be beneficial or hazardous.

WHAT ARE THE TWO PERSPECTIVES WHEN ANALYSING?

One would say it should be analyzed only from an individual perspective because everyone is free to consume or not to consume hemp (in case of its legalization) and the effects will fall exclusively under whoever decides to do so.

 However, assuming the latter would be foolish from our side. There are many different effects derived from the actions of individuals that affect society as a whole. In fact, that’s what society is all about. 

Society- The community of people living in a particular country or region and having shared customs, laws, and organisations.

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It is very important to understand that both perspectives are necessary in order to come up with a possible solution. Those who only take into account the individual perspective are prepending their individual rights to those of society. And those who do the opposite do not necessarily understand what is good or bad for society. 

HOW DO WE MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION?

The truth is, no one can really predict the consequences of its legalization. We could extrapolate the problems derived from other soft drugs, but again they are quite different and we wouldn’t be certain about the possible effects. The only option we have left is to watch and learn.

There are several countries that have legalised marijuana either for medicinal or recreational use (or both), and soon enough we’ll be hearing about the legal consequences. 

As mentioned earlier, there are significant differences between countries around the world and some might say this strategy would not be effective enough because different cultures might embrace the legalisation in different ways. 

This is definitely something to take into account, but still, the data collected can be of tremendous help for those who haven’t made up their minds yet. 

As we can see, there isn’t a clear or right answer to the question and that does nothing but complicate our decision. However, the slow pace at which everything is evolving offers us a chance to actually think about what we consider to be the right choice. 

WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEMS DERIVED?

The illegal status of hemp never really allowed us to understand the possible problems resulting from its mass production.

Amongst them, we find the excessive cost of growing a plant that produces such a small quantity of CBD or the inefficient farming techniques which usually affect the quality of the plant. 

This is a good example of the complexity of legalizations. The whole hemp production must now change in some areas and it has to change fast. It won’t take long for big companies to show interest in growing it; buying lands from local farmers and making it impossible for those with their own lands to keep up with the production rate.

The thought of having your own farm and planting a few hectares might work if hemp is only legal in a few unconnected states. Nonetheless, this will be rather utopic in the bigger picture.

If many pro-legalization votes are based around this idea, we might have built legalization over a foundation of lies.

What is a problem for some people, might be a goldmine for others. Hemp will bring the possibility of significant economic growth. Many jobs can be created and infrastructure might be built as production increases.

Total U.S. sales of hemp products hav

e climbed sharply, soaring to $820 million in 2017. And with those sales projected to top the billion-dollar mark in 2018, the retail market for domestic hemp looks poised for continued growth.

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