This paper talks about drugs, cannabis in particular, and their role in social policy. Society views drug use as an individual liberty provide it does not infringe on other peoples’ liberties. During a long period of time, individuals, institutions and medical practitioners have used the drug both medicinally and recreationally. In the United Kingdom, it administered to Queen Victoria to relieve her period pains while Scythians used it recreationally by inhaling it in the form of vapor. The drug’s penetration into modern civilization was widely as a result of trade among nations and individuals, as well as exploration. This is evident in America where it was brought by the Spanish and introduced as a cash crop by the English in the early 17th century.
The various effects of cannabis on a user depend on the dose that one consumes, previous experience with the drug and the affective expectations of the user. The effects cover a wide range of areas ranging from reproductive, psychosocial, nervous and chronic. The drug is mainly used by the youth for recreational purposes in order to experience a mild feeling of euphoria, relaxation and perceptual alterations these effects cause experiences that they go through more intense, such as watching films or listening to music.
The paper states that society views drug use as an individual liberty provide it does not infringe on other peoples’ liberties. However, other members of society think that authorities hold the power to justify or restrain individual behavior.