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UK Government And Parliament Issues Response To Very Popular Marijuana Petition

legalize cannabisA petition was started to urge the UK government to legalize cannabis. The petition needed 100,000 to initiate a debate, and the petition more than doubled that. Here’s what the petition said:

Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal.

Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.

A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.

The government responded with the following:

Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health. There are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.

The latest evidence from the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is that the use of cannabis is a significant public health issue (‘Cannabis Classification and Public Health’, 2008).

Cannabis can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society. Legalisation of cannabis would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor would it address the harms associated with drug dependence and the misery that this can cause to families.

Legalisation would also send the wrong message to the vast majority of people who do not take drugs, especially young and vulnerable people, with the potential grave risk of increased misuse of drugs.

Despite the potential opportunity offered by legalisation to raise revenue through taxation, there would be costs in relation to administrative, compliance and law enforcement activities, as well as the wider costs of drug prevention and health services.

The UK’s approach on drugs remains clear: we must prevent drug use in our communities; help dependent individuals through treatment and wider recovery support; while ensuring law enforcement protects society by stopping the supply and tackling the organised crime that is associated with the drugs trade. The Government will build on the Drugs Strategy by continuing to take a balanced and coherent approach to address the evolving challenges posed.

There are positive signs that the Government’s approach is working: there has been a long term downward trend in drug use over the last decade, and more people are recovering from their dependency now than in 2009/10. The number of adults aged 16-59 using cannabis in the last year in England and Wales has declined over the last decade from 9.6% to 6.7%, with cannabis use amongst young adults aged 16-24 and young people aged 11-15 following a similar pattern.

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For a great response to the government’s response, click this link here.

  • Haters gonna hate

    Vote the haters out

    Simple

    • Intergalactic Pimp

      But not easy

  • Crut

    In other words, BFYTW.

  • Morons

    The UK’s approach on drugs remains clear: we must prevent drug use in our communities; Let’s drink to that!

  • Valient

    The worldwide War on Drugs is so absurd. We knew when we started it in the 70’s that cannabis was perfectly safe. Not just America, but Canada and the UK too! They all had major marijuana studies and all completely ignored them and continue to pretend they never existed. Now they’re going to point to a 7 year old report that appears to have been produced by a Franken-Anslinger-Sabet-Leonhart. Government studies, all concluding cannabis is not dangerous. ~45 years ago. Right before we made all of the anti-drug laws.

    The British Parliament’s Advisory Committee on Drug Dependence was released in 1968/69, otherwise known as the Wootton Report. It stated – “The long term consumption of cannabis in moderate doses has no harmful effects (…) Cannabis is less dangerous than the opiates, amphetamines and barbiturates, and also less dangerous than alcohol. (…) An increasing number of people, mainly young, in all classes of society are experimenting with this drug, and substantial numbers use it regularly for social pleasure. There is no evidence that this activity is causing violent crime, or is producing in otherwise normal people conditions of dependence or psychosis requiring medical treatment (…) there are indications that (cannabis) may become a functional equivalent of alcohol.”

    The US government created the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse which produced a report commonly known as the Shafer Report from 1970-72 which declared “[T]he criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only ‘with the greatest reluctance.”

    The Canadian government had the Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs, or the Le Dain Commission in 1969-1972. The recommendations of Gerald Le Dain, Heinz Lehmann and J. Peter Stein included the repeal of the prohibition against the simple possession of cannabis and cultivation for personal use.[1] Marie-Andree Bertrand, writing for a minority view, recommended a policy of legal distribution of cannabis, that cannabis be removed from the Narcotic Control Act (since replaced by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) and that the provinces implement controls on possession and cultivation, similar to those governing the use of alcohol.[2]

  • stellarvoyager

    This response is entirely predictable. I could have written a version of it myself in about 3 minutes. It goes something like this:

    Thank you for your expressing your view in legalizing cannabis. Despite the fact that the people broadly support legalizing cannabis, we won’t listen to you because: (gateway theory) and (the children) and (the alleged harms of marijuana) and (miscellaneous additional fact-free pablum). Sincerely, Your Overlords.

    The only even remotely true statement in that response is “we will not legalize cannabis.” See how easy it is to ignore people when you’re a bought-and-paid-for group of politicians? You can dismiss the collective efforts of over 200,000 people, and the best scientific research on the subject, in just 5 minutes!

  • 1Bugler1

    Well, the war on pot smokers was started by America, so as an American, I give you Brits permission to end it. Don’t believe what you have been told by our corrupt government. Cannabis is indeed harmless.

  • newageblues

    These pieces of garbage make it sound like alcohol isn’t a drug, maybe that’s what they really think. They ignored the crucial contention that alcohol is more dangerous than cannabis, so they didn’t really respond to the petition at all. Stonewalling fascist creeps.

  • Brad

    I hate that sh** country, cameras on every street corner, complete grayness, smelly cities, bad weed, diverse populations that hate each other. Fu** the UK! They’re still stuck in the past!

    • Ricardo

      As opposed to your fuckin fascist country where every black person has to fear for their life when they see a cop. Where school lunches are being cut for those that cannot afford it. Where one of your political parties wants to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, repeal health care [so only the rich can afford it] and build more prisons… you my friend are a complete idiot. And talk about smelly cities, have you been to the bayou towns of Luisiana or some parts of Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago – these resemble the worst third world countries I have ever seen. Diverse populations that hate each other… that is a laugh, when you have overt racism in every corner of your pathetic country. Mass shootings every month, maniacs going into schools and killing kids… NO FUCKIN’ thank you… I’ll live in the UK anyway of the week… at least I can walk down the street and not be afraid of being shot by the police OR some maniac.

      At least we don’t elect actors to run our country. And talk about leaders… Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are some of history’s most vile despots… responsible for the mass murder of at least 1 million civilians… AND ALL BASED ON A LIE… Now you have Trump spouting his vitriolic rhetoric to stir up the imbeciles… un-fuckin-believable…

  • Brad

    The UK is completely controlled by the UN. World government bodies, largely dominated by the US, and controlled by big money interests, are doing the best to keep the public from growing their own medicine and natural resources from cannabis hemp plants. You better believe this conspiracy, it’s the truth of the matter. The elite will continue fighting tooth and nail to keep this commodity away from the public. They are all governed by power, domination, and control. Make no mistake, the US is trying its best to legally stop the proliferation of the legalization of cannabis. The problem they have is that they cannot stop the states through propositions from rewriting the laws to no longer criminalize possession, sales, and cultivation, even if they stop the state-sanctioned sales and tax collection, there is little they can do. The public wants it, the government doesn’t. It’s crystal clear.

  • MrPC

    You can legally purchase tobacco cigarettes, which are highly addictive and lethal, anywhere in England. Cannabis cigarettes, which are far less addictive and undoubtedly not lethal are strictly prohibited. Why the difference? While tobacco might be a very mild mood elevator, cannabis can bring profound pleasure, insight and calm to the user. Can’t have that happening, can we?

  • Mike Gill

    It makes alot more sense if they replace the word cannabis with crack.