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Cannabis: The facts and why it is illegal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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Cannabis can cause health problems both physical and mental, including things like anxiety and paranoia.

You can get up to five years in prison for possessing it and 14 years for supplying it.

After alcohol and tobacco, cannabis is the most commonly used drug in the UK.

A small number of people who use cannabis go on to use other drugs. But most people do not, it is claimed.

Cannabis is a naturally occurring drug made from parts of the cannabis plant.

The cannabis plant contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as its main active ingredient. Different forms of cannabis tend to contain different amounts of THC. The higher the amount, the stronger the effects will be.

People use cannabis to relax and chill out. Most people mix it with tobacco and smoke it like a cigarette in a 'joint'. Some people put it in a pipe or 'bong' and smoke it that way. Others make tea with it or bake it in 'hash cakes' or cookies.

Some people use the cannabis plant to help with certain medical problems. But it is still illegal to possess cannabis no matter what it is used for.

With long term or heavy use, smoking cannabis can cause lung disease and possibly cancer, especially as it is often mixed with tobacco.

Regular cannabis use, especially when young, can lead to an increased risk of later developing a psychotic illness.

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  • frustratedresident  |  August 23 2014, 2:35PM

    As a none user I say legalise it because of the similarities between Cannabis and alcohol .... all the reasons for using both substances are the same i.e to relax, have a laugh, wind down etc, most of the come downs and side effects are pretty much the same though maybe without the headache with Cannabis, people have been known to beg steal and borrow for both substances. I suppose the main difference would be that a Cannabis user doesn't tend to stick a glass in someone's face after using it, or beat someone to a pulp because they looked at them wrong. When I look at the court round up in the Mail I do tend to notice that alcohol related offences are very often violent and destructive where as the cannabis related offences are just possession or growing, I know which I prefer to see!

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  • jayjay5396  |  August 22 2014, 10:45AM

    ******** detected who feels paranoid after a smoke? certainly not me, who feels anxious after a smoke? not me it actually treats anxiety!!!! you can get 5 years in jail? waste of tax payers money, cannabis is a gateway drug to the the fridge not other drugs. who wrote this? MMYV?

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  • Jimmyyy  |  August 21 2014, 10:24PM

    Oops, it looks like someone put the wrong article with the title! (Or the wrong title with the article?) Where are the facts? And I'd still like to know, why is it illegal?

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  • matt_a123  |  August 21 2014, 8:41PM

    Talk to frank want their propaganda back.

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  • JustExtreme  |  August 21 2014, 7:25PM

    Lazy yellow journalism. Try again. Do some actual research this time please.

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  • Joris  |  August 21 2014, 6:37PM

    Who the hell wrote this pack of pure deception? Take that jackass out in the field and shoot him, he's a danger to the public. Cannabis oil CURES all forms of cancer, even stage 4 terminal cancer. It's a godsend. I started smoking it when I was 14. I'm 63 now. I had a 4.0 GPA in college, made the Dean's List and Honor Roll, have an I.Q.of 135, worked at Kennedy Space Center for 11 of my 22+ year career in engineering/design/drafting, was a Sr. Draftsman for 9 aerospace engineers (the only draftsman, juggling all their project work), and I am now a retired and disabled veteran living my dream on my boat with my dog, Dutch. Who's the editor here? What kind of a propaganda web page is this anyway? I still enjoy the herbal medication to this day,because it manages my health better than I can with what the Veterans Administration tries to force on me. And believe me, they try very hard. I take zero pharmaceuticals and eat organic and drink only spring water. I'm no fool, God gave me a brain and I use it. I've been seeing right through these same lies since I started smoking pot, back in 1965. The only paranoia is because it's illegal. I've never been paranoid with it. I even smoked a joint in the Cocoa Beach (FL) jail when I was arrested at age 18 for a fight I was involved in. Screw the lies and the liars. And *********, editor of this web page, for spreading the same old dry propaganda like it could possibly sway anyone from their destiny with the plant. The human body is designed to work in a symbiosis with this blessed plant. God saw to it when he gave us cannabinoid receptors in our brains and other organs, to accept this true blessing inside, and reduce stress, make us happy, bring for our creative juices, heal us for a long list of maladies, some very life threatening, and the list goes on and on. Why don't you grow some cajones and tell the real truths about the sacramental plant? Or do you serve the same wicked corporate punks that are opposing it so vehemently? The truth, people, is these peoples "facts" are lies. And by the way, I've never smoked pot in a cigar or any other impure element. I don't know anyone who does, except maybe Snoop Dog. Do your homework, people. These articles are nothing but propaganda. Now I wonder if you'll have the courage to leave my post up.

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  • derek23  |  August 21 2014, 5:43PM

    If you want to publish information about something like cannabis, why not go and find the information for yourself rather than rehashing (excuse the pun) the government's dubious Talk to Frank drug war site - because that's what this is, nothing more. One thing to set straight though is that cannabis, if smoked without tobacco, does not cause cancer or other nasty conditions such as COPD. That isn't to say it doesn't cause problems, smoking isn't good for you, but it doesn't cause cancer as this article claims. So you missed out the most important bit of information you should have given - never smoke cannabis mixed with tobacco. Instead you tell us it's the normal way it's used. Great, thanks. Of course, eating it or using a vaporiser avoids all the smoking problems, but you didn't tell us that either.

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  • ziggylcd12  |  August 21 2014, 5:23PM

    This article is an absolute disgrace. Its misinformation and propaganda, that is not based on any kind of real evidence or modern study. Whoever wrote this bilge should seriously question whether they have any interest in journalism, the truth, or what is in the public interest, or whether they are happy being a hack that spreads half truths and assumptions as if they were gospel to local people. Its illegality has nothing at all to do with its medical properties, which are well known and which help large numbers of people with illnesses ranging from MS, to cancer, to pain based illnesses of all types. You literally have no evidence to back up any of your 'facts'. Linking cannabis & 'other drugs' is disingenious, and there is literally no reason for this hypothetical link to be in an article on 'cannabis facts'. There is no mention on the growing clamour for cannabis legalisation/liberalisation that is taking place globally, from Uruguay to the United States. No mention on the catastrophic failure of the war on drugs, and its human and financial cost, as well as the devastation that can be caused to peoples future livelihoods through criminal records for smoking a plant that grows in the ground and that has been used for thousands of years. And no mention of the fact that no one has EVER died from smoking cannabis,compared to thousands of alcohol and tobacco related deaths over the past few years. I'm not claiming its a perfect substance, or that everyone should do it. It just shouldn't be illegal, or up to the state to decide. Tax it and regulate it like alcohol, with the same restrictions, and the benefits will be widespread. Nothing. Just, 'its illegal so don't do it', as if we are children who should listen to the state, even when it is clear that the state is wrong in this instance. And the same lies and mistruths that have been spread around cannabis since 'Reefer Madness' in the 1930s. Just wonderful. I will be making an official complaint about this awful article. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  • lord_leto  |  August 21 2014, 3:46PM

    "With long term or heavy use, smoking cannabis can cause lung disease and possibly cancer, especially as it is often mixed with tobacco. Regular cannabis use, especially when young, can lead to an increased risk of later developing a psychotic illness." Way to go with the propaganda and misinformation. Did you not think of looking at the latest research and scientific proof that dispels many of the falsehoods that arose from the reefer madness era. Thankfully more and more people are now aware of the rank hypocrisy and corruption that continues to fuel our outdated and disastrous policy of prohibition. The single most proven harmful thing of nearly all drugs is their lack of proper control and regulation....and that includes alcohol. If our government actually cared about reducing harm from drug use they would take responsible control of their production and sale. What actually shapes our policies is corruption largely from the alcohol industry (I wonder if this rag receives 'sponsorship' from a local brewery) who do not want a legitimate and many times safer (on a scientifically backed scale of harm cannabis is less harmful and addictive than coffee) alternative to their products that kill and destroy many millions of live every single year. How many people have died as a direct consequence of ingesting cannabis? As for the link between its use and mental illness, there is a growing consensus that serious long-term mental illness is genetic and therefore active substances like cannabis, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and so on, can exacerbate those illnesses...there is no proof cannabis causes such illnesses. They've been trying for years to find a link and in the process found that the CBD (another component of cannabis that counters the psychoactive effects of THC) is a potentially powerful drug to treat such illnesses far more safely than current pharmaceuticals. And their is another industry who stands to lose out if cannabis was made available. The pharmaceutical industry knows of the massive (proven) medicinal benefits of cannabis (**including possessing the potential to CURE certain cancers**) and again they fear a dip in profits. Cannabis is illegal because certain 'people' make large amounts of profit from its prohibition. These people care very little for those who would benefit the most from its medicinal usage such as those with MS and cancer. They only care about money. The world in which we live! "Cannabis is a naturally occurring drug made from parts of the cannabis plant." LOL! Who wrote this!!!

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  • jgn88  |  August 21 2014, 3:21PM

    Thank you for telling me how it is taken. I would never have guessed.. like this article, I thought it best to roll it up into a little ball and stick it up my bottom .

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