A plant that existed before humanity, society and government. How can a law or legislation be passed on a naturally occurring plant? It would be ridiculous to criminalize plants that are dangerous like foxgloves, hemlock or poison berries.
Why are certain mind altering substances like alcohol, nicotine and caffeine acceptable and legal, but others aren’t?
No deaths caused by cannabis have ever been recorded and there's no real evidence of harm to support the class B penalty.
There is no clear evidence to suggest that using marijuana leads to usage of other, harder, drugs. Half of marijuana users have never taken any other drug. Legal drugs like paracetamol poison and kill 150 to 200 people each year in the UK. There are 7.5 million alcoholics in the UK and over 7,000 alcohol related deaths every year.
Cannabis could actually be the safest drug available, 114 times less deadly than alcohol, according to the Scientific Reports.
It has proven health benefits, from treating glaucoma to preventing epilepsy or easing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
If the UK legalised cannabis, up to £900m could be raised annually in taxes, according to the Institute for Economic Research.
The UK is already the BIGGEST EXPORTER of cannabis, producing 70% of the world's total.
Victoria Atkins, the ex-minister responsible for UK drugs policy, is married to the managing director of British Sugar, who have a license to grow cannabis in the UK.
Theresa May has been notoriously anti-cannabis her entire career, but her husband is a senior executive at Capital Group, the biggest shareholder in British cannabis producer GW Pharmaceuticals, who grow 30,000 cannabis plants in the UK every year.
Many countries such as Canada, the Netherlands and certain states in the US have taken a progressive stance on cannabis, legalizing it for recreational and medicinal use. They understand that damaged caused to the victim when prosecuting is much more harmful that the 'crime'.
Cannabis is the most widely used drug in the world. Millions of people are using it regardless of the law. Keeping it on the black market forces people in the UK to use unregulated cannabis. Policing and prosecuting cannabis users is a waste of taxpayers money and police resources.
Smoking and possessing cannabis is a crime that doesn't have a victim. It’s a personal choice that doesn't harm anyone. If the laws are unjust, the law shouldn't exist.
The Government can’t intervene between us and nature.