If you travel to Singapore or Jakarta (and there are probably many other far Eastern countries with similar penalties but those are 2 I've personally seen them) you will see notices displayed everywhere in immigration telling you that drugs are not allowed and if you are caught with them the punishment is death. Middle East countries are not very happy with druggies either but the punishments are not displayed so ostentatiously. It could well be argued that the punishments in the UK are very soft in comparison.I’m 36, I dabbled a bit with dope as a kid but decided it wasn’t really my thing. If my kids ask me about it I’ll give them the benefit of my limited experience as well as point to examples I have of people who it may have negatively affected. If they want I can do the same with booze although with a lot more conviction. I will attempt to make the case for moderation. Ultimately they’ll have to make their own choices for themselves.
I was a bit of a drama merchant in my youth on the booze* and it just seems strange that whilst that is all fine and legal when I was 15 and smoking a joint down by the railway tracks (probably more dangerous than anything else I’ve done in my life) this was something that society was not okay about. It just seems bizarre.
Just an FYI I didn’t really get to this position on legalisation until I was in my late 20’s and the documentary I mentioned earlier played a big part in changing my opinion.
*when I first saw this thread I did wonder what the figures would look like if we took an arrse straw pole of all the fights people had ever been involved in and determined what % of these would have involved drink. And yet we’re worried about the affects marijuana might have on people.