Is legalising medical marijuana worth the risk?

Dear GQ Doc, William Hague is the most senior Conservative to voice the need for the legalisation of cannabis. Do you agree?
Joe, via email.

There’s no doubt that the global debate for the legalisation of recreational cannabis received prime-time coverage when Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister to undoubtedly the World’s politest country, Canada, steered The Cannabis Act into law. If Canada thinks it’s a good idea, surely it must be? So as early as September 2018, Canadians over 18 years of age can buy and smoke cannabis in public. And they’re not alone – with Uruguay, the first to legalise cannabis, and nine U.S. states, for company.

That’s the global barometer. Cannabis for all. The tune this side of the Atlantic is less crisp. But then it’s almost a different tune altogether, for here in the UK, the debate of the hour is less about legalising recreational cannabis and more about legalising cannabis for medical use. Stories like that of Billy Caldwell’s, the little boy who was granted an emergency license for the use of cannabis oil to help manage his seizures last month, ensured the tune got louder, only supercharging the fervent debate by putting a face to the debate. A child’s face at that. Clever.


Of course, it’s also a debate in which, whatever side you stand, can be blown apart by the polarising emotional hand grenades both camps have stockpiled. Those resistant to legalising cannabis highlight concerns over lack of governance, mental health risks, and dial up the social fear factor, in which pot-heads will line our suburban streets, guided only by a blank face and a giggle as we spiral collectively into social decay and further drug experimentation. Those in favour of legalisation have a more linear approach, that cannabis has the potential to

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