Britain has downgraded the legal status of cannabis. And now a young mother is asking for the rules to be changed since her young son was left dead after taking the drug.
Matthew White, age 18, was a promising A-level student, but he started smoking cannabis. A former head boy at his school, he progressed from cannabis to LSD, which alters the mind. He was found hanged. All this leads to the age old discussion as to whether drugs would be better legalised. One school of thought thinks that this would simply lead to more crime, more death and more heartache.
Cannabis was downgraded from a Grade B drug to a Grade C one. The result of this, controversially, meant that anybody caught in possession of the drug was usually let off with a caution. Now Matthew’s mother is wondering why cannabis can be classed as such a soft drug when things such as the death of her son can easily happen to anyone taking it. She has a point – although can be viewed as a biased witness. Her belief is unshakeable.
Cannabis has also been linked to other effects such as long-term psychosis and mental ill health. Matthew’s mother felt that there was nowhere for her to turn to for help. The National Drugs Helpline and the police were powerless to act. Unfortunately those smoking cannabis also congregate with others who have a similar drug habit. It doesn’t take long, quite often, before such habitual social contact escalates into more dangerous drug use.