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UK Parliament To Debate Marijuana Legalization Next Month

uk cheese marijuana strainA petition was started calling for the UK Parliament to debate cannabis legalization. The petition needed 100,000 signers to initiative the debate. As of this date, the petition has received 215,769 signatures. As such, a debate has been planned for next month. Per High Times:

In response to a public petition demanding that the United Kingdom repeal prohibition, Parliament has announced that it will put the issue of marijuana legalization up for debate at the beginning of next month.

Reports indicate the House of Commons is scheduled to discuss the possibility of legalizing a nationwide cannabis industry on October 12. This discussion is expected to cover a wide range of topics from how to handle the cultivation and retail sale of marijuana to determining appropriate possession amounts for personal use.

The petition has already received a response from the UK government, which was not favorable. Below is their response, which can also be found at the petition’s site:

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.

  • Manjushri

    Anybody else notice that if you substitute the word magic for drugs and cannibis in the announcement it sounds just like a chapter from Harry Potter?

    • darthhillbilly

      You could replace marijuana/cannabis with “DILDO” and it becomes more honest…more people are sent to the hospital every year for sex related injuries than marijuana…I’m sure if you look hard enough you can find an incident of dildo related death..

      “Substantial scientific evidence shows DILDO’s are a harmful SEX AID that can damage human health. There are no plans to legalise DILDO’s as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.

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

      DILDO’s can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society. Legalisation of DILDO’s would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor would it address the harms associated with DILDO 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 USE DILDO’s, especially young and vulnerable people, with the potential grave risk of increased misuse of DILDO’ s.

      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 DILDO prevention and health services.

      The UK’s approach on DILDO’s remains clear: we must prevent DILDO 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 DILDO trade. The Government will build on the DILDO 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 DILDO 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 DILDO’s in the last year in England and Wales has declined over the last decade from 9.6% to 6.7%, with DILDO use amongst young adults aged 16-24 and young people aged 11-15 following a similar pattern.”

      (All changes by me are meant to be comedic in nature. Any resemblance to any DILDO existing or destroyed is accidental. No DILDO’ s were harmed during the making of this parody article. Void where prohibited. Use DILDO’s at your own risk.)

      • Von

        Omg that was the funest thing I’ve read in a long long time…. Lmao!!! So true too!

        • darthhillbilly

          The funniest part is that I actually found an incident of “Death by DILDO”. The guy was from the U.K.. He was too embarrassed to go to the Dr…What a wondrous world we live in…

  • darthhillbilly

    I was deleted….I did have a point though…

  • Terry

    Come on U.K. Listen to the people, who are apparently much more educated and realistic than you are. Time to pull your head out of the sand.

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  • Von

    What’s the UK’s method of determining user rates? Is it by poll? Is it by arrests? Workplace drug tests?

  • 420 time

    dangerous drug my bollocks. but its ok for everyone to drink alcohol – the legal class a. kills millions every year, the cost in criminal damage from drunks, a & e s packed out with people drunk, cost for policing etc on a weekly basis is a fucking joke. these dickheads havent a clue

  • 420 time

    how often do you see a stoner in a cop shop for anything besides possession?

  • Joe

    I don’t think the government should have the final say in what happens. The people should decide. There should actually be a nationwide vote on legalization to decide whether it should be legal or not. Majority of people do want it legalized and they should listen. It is far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco.

  • Rin Satsu

    Marijuana kills cancer cells. Fact.
    Marijuana treats mental illnesses such as anxiety and seizures. Fact.
    Marijuana brings in more tax revenue than alcohol. Fact.
    Marijuana makes people happy. Fact.
    Hemp is a cheaper, more renewable and more versatile material than trees. Fact.

    You have to be an absolute maniac to keep it illegal. It’s a miracle herb and quite possibly the most beneficial plant that has ever existed.

  • freewilly

    “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”. The latest evidence 2008 wtf

  • Robert Whiteson

    When will people except that cannabis is not a drug it is a herb and we trust these people to rule a country!