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200,000-Strong Petition to Legalise Cannabis Denied


It is a controversial subject, with many people ‘for’ the legalisation of cannabis as there is ‘against’ it but the Tories have thrown out a petition to legalise the drug before it has even had a chance to be debated in the House of Commons.

The petition was signed by 200,000 people making it the second most popular cause on the government’s new website.

After a petition reaches 100,000 signatures a committee of 11 MP’s are bound to debate on the issue. However the amount of support from MP’s opposing the legalisation could see the petition blocked before a debate even takes place.

“There are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities” The official government response stated.

Although the government sees the use of cannabis as a “significant public health issue” they do not feel that the legalisation would “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”.

They believe that the legalisation of the drug would “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.”

The government acknowledges that there would be an opportunity to raise revenue through taxation if cannabis was leagalised but highlights that there would be many costs involved in relation to admin, law enforcement and costs to the health service.

The number of people in the UK aged between 16-59yrs that have used cannabis in the last year has declined from 9.6% to 6.7%.

The response went on to say that “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”.

Source: The Mirror

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