Three Arguments Why Marijuana Should Stay Illegal Reviewed – Video

It’s not often I come across a video which looks at the claims made by the prohibition and the law reform lobbies and takes an objective view of both, but here’s one.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell videos
Kurzgesagt Videos

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell videos on Youtube cover a range of subjects in an entertaining and factual way and the collection is well worth a browse. But the one on cannabis is especially interesting because it examines three arguments often used by prohibitionist: increased potency, the gateway theory and that cannabis is dangerous and addictive.

It doesn’t take the line that some cannabis law reform campaigns have often argued, essentially summed up by the phrase “cannabis the harmless herb”, but actually considers the evidence and then looks at how successful prohibition is at addressing them and what effect a legal trade would have.

Take a look, the only criticism is the use of the word Marijuana rather than cannabis, but we can live with that!


UKCIA is a cannabis law reform site dedicated to ending the prohibition of cannabis. As an illegal drug, cannabis is not a controlled substance - it varies greatly in strength and purity, it's sold by unaccountable people from unknown venues with no over sight by the authorities. There is no recourse to the law for users and the most vulnerable are therefore placed at the greatest risk. There can be no measures such as age limits on sales and no way to properly monitor or study the trade, let alone introduce proper regulation. Cannabis must be legalised, as an illegal substance it is very dangerous to the users and society at large.