Sanity is showing up in governments everywhere.
Reports indicate the House of Commons is scheduled to discuss the possibility of legalizing a nationwide cannabis industry on October 12. This discussion is expected to cover a wide range of topics — from how to handle the cultivation and retail sale of marijuana to determining the appropriate possession amounts for personal use.
This debate, which will be overseen by Labour MP and longtime medical marijuana supporter Paul Flynn, is the fortunate byproduct of a young student from Aberystwyth University, who blew an international legion of marijuana activists away by successfully collecting over 150,000 signatures in favor of legalization within just a few days.
His parliamentary petition was simple. It suggested that the legalization of a substance, which has been banned throughout the nation since 1925, could generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and create thousands of new jobs.
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Unfortunately, the U.K. Government fired back with the typical prohibition-like reaction, arguing straight out of what appeared to be a chapter from the White House’s book of reefer madness.
“Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health,” the response read. “There are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.”
While Parliament is obligated to debate the issue, there is not much of a chance that it will be taken seriously. Last year, a discussion on drug reform took place in October, and only 21 out of more than 600 MP’s cared enough to show up. It is for this reason that Britain’s leading marijuana reform group, Clear UK, is urging citizens to write to their MP’s and encourage them to attend.
Meanwhile, the United Patients Alliance, an organization in the U.K. lobbying for the legalization of medical marijuana, hopes to at least persuade the House of Commons to side with their mission.
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We are reminded: “First, they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” –Mahatma Gandhi
Change starts with talking about new ideas. The journey to a new day for the cannabis plant will begin in the U.K. on October 12. So, maybe we don’t complete the journey on day one. Still, we have started.
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