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26th Aug 2015

Stoners won’t be happy with what the government says about cannabis legalisation

This will be hard to toke...

Ben Kenyon

While America has softened its approach to the issue of cannabis, Britain doesn’t seem to be following suit.

Yes, cannabis is still illegal under federal law, but US states Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon permit sale and possession for medicinal and recreational use.

Hell – they’re making millions of pounds in tax dollars, which in Colorado is helping fund schools, and the US Government themselves even said cannabinoids may be useful in treating some cancers.

With a whiff of hope that the UK could follow suit, more than 200,000 people signed a petition calling for the legalisation of the drug.

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The petition argued that legalisation could bring in £900million in taxes, save £400million on policing and create thousands of new jobs.

What’s not to love about the idea? A lot, according to the Government, which has crushed stoners’ dreams of any meaningful change on the issue.

According to the Independent, The Government said it was still a public health issue, stating: “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.”

Because the petition got more than 100,000 signatures it will go to Parliament for a debate, with a date expected to be announced in the next month.

But don’t hold your breath.