"The term 'skunk' was propagated by prohibitionists as a scare story, yet it is just as strong an argument for legalisation. Since the 90's it became really easy and profitable to grow high strength cannabis in the UK instead of importing lesser types, so the market very quickly became 90% strong weed. This means consumers don't have a choice; and today's youngsters are starting on top shelf weed. Skunk is say the equivalent of 20%+ alcohol, where hashish is more like 5%. Somet like that."