Preventing One Social Evil May Mean Participating in Another

Preventing One Social Evil May Mean Participating in Another

  • 28/02/2014 08:20

Earlier this month, a judge ordered a woman to perform 50 hours of unpaid work, because she had been caught growing cannabis in her garden and bedroom.

Although the woman claimed that she was only using her plants to help treat her emphases and to help her sleep better, the judge believed that, because she was producing such a large quantity of cannabis, she intended to sell it to others.

The judge’s opinion in this case, reflects his desire to prevent the distribution of drugs. The distribution of drugs can be harmful to communities. While some view cannabis as a safe drug and praise its soothing effects, others note that there is a link between the drug and schizophrenia. Indeed, one study found that using cannabis just one time could increase the risk of a person developing schizophrenia by as much as 40%. Another study found that increasing the risk of the development of schizophrenia and psychosis is not only harmful for the person in question him/herself but also his or her peers.

Medical Purposes

On the other hand, many people use cannabis for medical purposes and doctors are more open to prescribing the herbal medicine. Patients claim it is the only thing that can relieve their pain.

Causing these users to go without effective pain medication might also be considered a social evil. Sometimes, preventing one social evil may mean having to participate in another. In these cases, communities need to determine which is likely to do the most harm. Is it more harmful to prevent people from seeking pain relief by using cannabis or is it more harmful to allow the use of cannabis while increasing the chances of psychosis and memory loss in the community?

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