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Cannabis Use Leads To A Surge in Crime: The Myths About Cannabis

Myth: The use of cannabis leads to increased lawlessness and crime

Fact: You risk jail time or a fine for possessing or consuming cannabis in a jurisdiction where its status is illegal

No plant in history has been demonized more than Cannabis Sativa or the hemp plant.

While some cannabis myths are banal, many people spread false and negative cannabis narratives.

The U.S. government in the 1930s propagated the bulk of the myths that exist today—thanks to Harry J. Anslinger, the former director of the FBN (Federal Bureau of Narcotics).

Feature films such as Reefer Madness merely added to the absurdity of fear-mongering.

Despite the herb's proven benefits, why are there so many misguided cannabis views floating around? Isn’t time to set the record straight?

Cannabis Laws

Though the U.S. and countries such as Thailand are relaxing cannabis laws or wholly legalizing it, the cultivation, consumption, and sale of weed are still illegal in many countries around the world.

For example, Singapore has one of the strictest cannabis laws in the world. Those caught on the wrong side of the law face up to 10 years in prison, and a USD 20,000 fine for possessing tiny amounts.

However, it’s life imprisonment or execution for possessing or trafficking over 500 grams.

Despite its illegal status in many countries, demand for the ‘herb’ continues to soar.

A recent market forecast by cannabis data company BDSA projects cannabis sales worldwide to grow from USD 30 million in 2021 to USD 55 billion in 2026. This translates to a 13% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

That said, any illegal trade is game for cartels and gangs, hence some level of violence pervades the underground trade of cannabis.

Cannabis Legalization

Contrary to popular belief, the legalization of cannabis doesn’t necessarily result in increased crime in a particular jurisdiction.

In fact, it's been proven that reversing the illegal status of cannabis could result in thriving illicit markets becoming heavily regulated and taxed.

The change in the law would see governments reallocate limited judicial, and law enforcement resources to more serious nation-building matters.

Yes, many criminals consume cannabis, but correlation doesn't always imply causation.

Furthermore, U.S. President Joe Biden's recent decision to pardon thousands of people convicted of possessing weed is an admission of the drug's failed global policy.

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