A Broken Class System?. The Misuse Of Drugs Act 1971 Implements

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A Broken Class System?
The misuse of drugs act 1971 implements a class system for different types of drugs based, supposedly on the dangers they pose to both users and society in accordance with the United Nation commission on narcotic drugs. Class A, the most dangerous of drugs, contains such drugs as heroin and crack cocaine as well as MDMA, LSC and magic mushrooms. The maximum penalty for class A offenses is life imprisonment. Class B includes amphetamines, barbiturates and cannabis among others and Class C contains such drugs as tranquilisers, ketamine and anabolic steroids.
So according to the classification of drugs in the UK, it’s fair to assume that the most dangerous drugs are Class A, but research and evidence suggests this is
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16% of men and 9% of women respondents to the survey had drank on five of the proceeding seven days. 34% of men and 28% of women had consumed more than the recommended daily allowance at least once in the past week. The Nation Health Service estimates that around 9% of men and 4% of women show some signs of alcohol dependence.
There are zero cases where cannabis was proved to be the cause of death. While it is true that the effects of cannabis can lead to death, to die directly from cannabis consumption, per G.T. Carter et al (2004), you would have to consume 628kg of cannabis would have to be taken in 15minutes. It is quite literally impossible to die from cannabis consumption alone. When compared to alcohol it remains baffling as to why one is illegal and one is not. Office of National Statistics figures show that for 2014 there were 8697 cases of alcohol related deaths in the UK alone, a rate of 14.3 deaths per 100’000. This number has fallen from 2008 when there the rate stood at 15.8 deaths per 100’000, yet is still higher than the figures of twenty years ago. This is one glaring example of the dangers to both the user and society at large of alcohol when compared to cannabis.
So, what are the reasons behind cannabis being illegal? Advocates for the keeping cannabis prohibition in the UK, and in other countries round the world argue that, Cannabis causes psychosis, Cannabis is a gateway drug; leading to experimentation and use of ‘harder’ drugs. They argue that
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