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  • asked in Personal Wellness 14th Jan '15:

    The ongoing global discussion on Cannabis, some countries are moving towards De-criminalizing in one form or the other. Other countries, in the direction of spot drug tests for students and certain professionals!. What is your opinion on the matter please?.

    Rokkvi Vesteinsson replied 9th Mar '15:

    Interesting question. While I certainly think cannabis has negative health effects, especially on mental health and tends to make the consumer less productive, I certainly think a lot of time and energy is wasted on chasing down and punishing people with small amounts of cannabis. The energy and money on that should be used elsewhere and it´s unproductive and unfair to jail people for possession of small amounts of it.

    Whether it should be legalized completely is a little more complicated. I´ll go over what I think are the main pros and cons of legalizing cannabis.


    1) You would be taking away potential income from criminals, who also sell other and more dangerous drugs as well as possibly running other criminal activities.

    2) It could be taxed and create money for the state.


    1) Generally easier access means more consumption. Some people think legalizing it will decrease consumption because it would be less exciting to do it, were it legal, but this is nonsense. In countries like Denmark for example, where alcohol is less expensive and easier to come by than in the other Nordic countries, alcoholism is higher.

    2) It may be that when people have easy access to a soft drug like this as well as it being legal and thus probably more socially acceptable, it would increasingly become a gateway drug for people who would venture into harder substances. I have to admit I don´t know how much research has been done on this and what it points to, so I encourage people who are interested to simply look it up.

    So to sum it up I simply do not feel very strongly either way about whether it should be legal or not. Western countries like the Netherlands, where it is legal, seem to do fine. But most countries where it´s illegal seem to do fine too. I do feel strongly against having a lot of effort put into hunting down, arresting and severely punishing users though and I think the USA have certainly done that.

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  • asked in Personal Wellness 10th Feb '14:

    Some may say, that a law needs to be enacted forcing all needy citizens to exercise!. If governments are passing all types of restrictive laws; surely a well thought out law requiring all to live a healthier lifestyle, makes sense?

    Rokkvi Vesteinsson replied 13th Mar '14:

    That would be too intrusive.

    A government should not force such activities upon people, but it is good if it enables and incentivizes them.

    The way I see it, it would be way too intrusive to do that. It would also be a hard law to uphold. Would you have police officers spying on and then fining or arresting people who don´t exercise? Maybe in a totalitarian country like North Korea, a law like this could be passed and enforced and wouldn´t be worse than many other intrusive laws they have there, but in democratic societies, a law like this would make no sense at all.

    What sounds like a better idea would be to incentivize exercise. Companies that pay for their employees' gym memberships, their purchases of bikes and so on, could get tax breaks for doing it for example. Same thing if the company has some facilities where employees can exercise. The tax breaks could even apply to people privately (you´d simply pay lower taxes if you offered some proof of doing exercise) although that would probably require more registration work.

    This would be good for general health if applied in the Western world, where lack of exercise is a major healt problem. It could even pay off in decreased costs in the healthcare system that would possibly pay back for the costs of giving the tax breaks in the first place.

    I apologize to anyone who was expecting this reply to be funny, because a comedian was answering it, but the government still hasn´t passed a law requiring all comedians to be funny all the time, so blame them, not me!

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