Should marijuana be legal? There are a lot more harmful substances on the market, whose negative effects are well documented (tobacco and alcohol among them). My main concerns are threefold.
Firstly the amount of money being spent on prosecuting cases of possession, recreational use and manufacture of all drugs, cost the UK government approximately £16 billion year on year. Decriminalisation of possession would save the government over £10 billion, would make up for the fact that the Police and The Crown Prosecution Service have such appalling conviction rates in the first place.
Secondly if marijuana were to be legalised for recreational purposes the amount of revenue the government could raise in taxes would make even Scrooge McDuck Blush. Using a similar taxation model to tobacco the government could net £10’s of billions. Tobacco brought in £2.6 billion in VAT and £9.7 billion in excise taxes during the 2012-2013 tax year.
Thirdly the use of medical cannabis is now available in Canada, Israel and Uruguay, 23 states of the U.S.A, and its use has been decriminalised in many countries across Europe. Its use as a source of pain relief for chronic illnesses and research is well documented and has been effective in the treatment of cancer, dementia, diabetes, epilepsy, glaucoma, and many other ailments. Why should British patients be denied treatment due preconceived opinions that are based on misinformation?
There you have it. Three compelling reasons for the legalisation of cannabis, if the human aspect doesn’t reach you, then maybe the financial arguments will get to you.
As a parting thought I will also add, now that Britain will no longer be receiving EU farm subsidies, maybe this would be a good way for the UK agricultural industry to stay afloat, it would probably create a lot of jobs (think packaging, distribution etc). So why not say yes to pot?
for more information visit medicalmarijuana.co.uk. The facts are theirs, the mistakes are mine.
DISCLAIMER: I am in no way advocating the use of illegal substances, merely raising a debate on policy reform in the United Kingdom.