Legalization of marijuana in Poland

Marijuana Legalization

Position Paper – writing task – level 4


As a member of Social Movement for Citizens’ Rights you were tasked to write a position paper on marijuana in Poland. The paper will be used to shape public opinion and influence the Polish legislative initiatives. In your writing (1)describe current legal status of marihuana in Poland (2) compare Polish reality to other countries’ solutions (3) discuss possible legal and social consequences of legalization and prohibition (4) express and justify your view. Write between 500 and 600 words. You have 70 minutes for this task. Below are some prompts that may help you.

The lack of a solid popular consensus for the ban of alcohol resulted in the growth of vast criminal organizations, including the modern American Mafia, and various other criminal cliques

(American Culture, R.Straightwood, 2003).

Marijuana facts:
Marijuana is chemically not addictive, but can be psychologically addicting.(Addiction studies, Biochemical Research Lab, Princeton)


Marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Taking LSD was one of the two or three most important things I ever did in my life” (Steve Jobs)

Annual Causes of Death, By Cause in U.S.A.

Cause of death (Data from 2009 unless otherwise noted)


Diseases of Heart


Malignant Neoplasms


Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases




Drug Abuse


Intentional Self-Harm (Suicide)


Motor Vehicle Accidents


Firearm Injuries




Illicit Drugs (Medicines) (2000)




Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)


Cannabis (Marijuana)



Various Opinions:
It’s nothing bad. I smoke it from time to time to chill out after work. (Simon,48, bank manager)
Intoxicated soldiers can jeopardize our missions. You cannot rely on a junkie. (Max, 28 – Lt, USMC)
Since we cannot use alcohol in a reasonable way, will we be able to control a dose of marijuana? (Katarzyna, 41, housewife)



A court may refrain from prosecuting a detainee if the amount of drugs was not significant, for personal use only, and the detainee agrees to disclose his/her drug dealer. (Act on Drug Holders, 2012)

Street survey on marijuana legalization. Chart with the results in percentage terms.