Here is the context to my latest fury at the “Westminster Government”. Over 200,000 people signed the petition to legalise marijuana with specific consideration given to the Medical uses.
According to Petition.Parliament.uk…
“At 100,000 signatures your petition will be considered for a debate in Parliament.
Petitions which reach 100,000 signatures are almost always debated. But we may decide not to put a petition forward for debate if the issue has already been debated recently or there’s a debate scheduled for the near future. If that’s the case, we’ll tell you how you can find out more about parliamentary debates on the issue raised by your petition.
MPs might consider your petition for a debate before it reaches 100,000 signatures.”
Well I’ve checked through their calendar and they definitely don’t already have a debate scheduled for this year.
Yet….this is the email response to our petition.
Hi Auburn Langley,
The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal.”.
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.
Oh really? What scientific evident are you referring to?
And the communities? Surely having money put into the education of children and an increase in the job sector is all round better for communities. Considering that lack of education and jobs are usually the first thing people point to when a community is high in crime.
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.
Again, where is your evidence?
The places that have it legal have seen a reduction in crime. Period. This seems like a no brainer to me. If you are buying illegal weed then you are contributing to crime. If it’s legal then you aren’t. But it goes deeper than that. To buy weed currently, you have to turn to drug dealers, who usually traffic other drugs. There is a blazingly obvious reason why weed has been seen as a gateway drug. People seeking it are being pushed down the rabbit hole into the underworld of drugs and potential harm. Buying it from a pharmacy or shop like America would stop this from happening.
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.
uh-huh, well as the Telegraph article above already pointed out, the Government already spends £361 million policing cannabis users. Your argument is void. That money you spend policing could be put into the administration and set up of a very lucrative venture.
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.
Sure you will. A lot of the people are you talking about have been failed repeatedly by the NHS and other Western Medicines. Myself included. There is currently no medicine available to myself which combats my illness and the symptoms like Marijuana does.
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.
I literally have nothing to say to this. *sigh*
Click this link to view the response online:
This petition has over 100,000 signatures. The Petitions Committee will consider it for a debate. They can also gather further evidence and press the government for action. Or not.
The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee: https://petition.parliament.uk/help#petitions-committee
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament
And that Ladies and Gentlemen is how our Government responds to it’s people. The government who only has any power at all because we voted to allow it.
The best move forward at this point is to contact your local MP.
Send them an email referencing this petition and how horrifying it is to have our government be so self serving.
The amount of vulnerable people in the UK being subjected to financial cuts, whether through schooling, health care, benefits, and yet our government won’t even consider this as an option.
Disabled people living with chronic illness are having financial aid cut and their only method of medication is illegal. What did people do to deserve this?
We cannot let this go!