Hemp - as a drug
A controversial drug
Since the beginnings of hashish use in the West, there have been vigorous disputes as to the safety of hashish use, particularly as compared to the use of opiates such as morphine or cocaine. These disputes have gathered pace since hashish use started to expand in the 1960s, when terms such as marijuana, weed and grass became popular. In 2004 the UK government reclassified marijuana as a class C drug, in recognition that its effects are less harmful than those of Class B drugs such as amphetamines. There is increasingly strong evidence that heavy or long-term use of marijuana can lead to mental and physical health problems. In the light of this, the campaign for decrimilisation of marijuana is unlikely to be successful.