Legalising Cannabis in the UK
Legalising cannabis in the UK is currently a hot topic for the European nation. The legalisation could raise as much as £900 million in taxes per year.
And now, the labour MP Paul Flynn has proposed the legalising of cannabis in the UK. A few days after Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats leader called for a reform on the global drugs policy, MP Paul Flynn spoke about the disaster that the war on drugs has been.
For that and the financial reasons Flynn believes that legalising cannabis in the UK is the best way to move forward. If this happens the UK would be following in the footsteps of Uruguay and a few American states that have legalised cannabis in its full capacity.
In South Africa the ‘Medical Innovation Bill’ for cannabis is in the works and we are currently waiting on the 7th of December 2015 for the constitutional dagga hearings in the high court of the Western Cape. Then another hearing on the 10th of March next year at the Supreme Court will see the “Dagga Couple’s” trial of the plant which will feature an international expert witness.
Meanwhile the UK’s Labour MP Paul Flynn wrote an article for the Mirror stating that the prohibition of cannabis has made things worse in Britain with regards to the use of the plant and the criminal activity that goes along with it.
He wrote the following:
“In 1971 the UK had fewer than a 1,000 heroin and cocaine addicts. After 45 years of the harshest drugs policies in Europe we have 320,000. Prohibition increases drugs use, harm and crime. It builds empires of criminals as the alcohol prohibition did in America in the twenties. Cannabis can now be prescribed as a medicine in 23 states of the America and in a dozen European countries. Four US states and Washington D.C. have legalised and regulated non-medical cannabis. It is likely several more states, including California, will vote to legalise. The US state of Colorado reports that none of the scares of prohibition lobby came true. There has been no spike in cannabis use, and no increase in road fatalities.”
Legalising cannabis in the UK is another step in the direction of freeing the plant from prohibition globally.