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British Government Confirms Weed Debate…But Don’t Hold Your Breath

British Government Confirms Weed Debate…But Don’t Hold Your Breath

By Grow How

So the one thing that’s becoming clear as time passes is that the United Kingdom is falling embarrassingly behind so many other western nations when it comes to having realistic attitudes and policies regarding cannabis. Actually, that’s quite embarrassing, as what we’ve also learned categorically is that when cannabis legalisation actually happens on a relatively large scale, it doesn’t breed complete and total anarchy or the collapse of society in general.


The fact that Colorado and Washington State seem to be doing pretty well these days can confirm what we’ve suspected all along…weed is good and the people want it.


Nevertheless, the British government has continually refused to even discuss the subject of cannabis legalisation and has instead chosen to remain stubbornly attached to entirely unfounded values from a time long forgotten.  

However, things may finally be heading at least partially in the right direction as it is now confirmed that the UK government will indeed discuss the subject of creating a cannabis industry this month. The debate will take place on October 12 and will cover pretty much anything and everything of importance with regard to possible decriminalization of marijuana. Of course, the fact that this is only happening because of such an enormous response to an official governmental petition makes it all a rather sad issue to say the least – common sense it appears was never going to prevail.


But that’s all by the by, as the petition has now blazed beyond 216,000 signatures though only 100,000 are needed in order for the matter to be officially debated.  And the number is still climbing too, as a growing number of forward thinking and realistic people from up and down Great Britain no longer refuse to sit around moaning about the fact that they’re being left behind.


“Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs,” reads the petition at


“A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.”


So the the House of Commons is officially billed to begin debating the subject early next month, which will include discussion with regard to exactly how much marijuana should be considered appropriate to personal use, whether cultivation and retailing marijuana should be permitted if at all and basically how the decriminalisation of cannabis will benefit the UK.


In terms of how the whole thing will pan out, in the typically small-minded working ethos of those who are supposed to openly discuss and consider all such matters in accordance with public interests, a response has already been issued which gives the distinct impression that they have already made their minds up.


“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,” reads the response.

“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.”


And there you have it – a clear intent to oppose and eliminate the use of marijuana by investing precious and priceless resources in preventing its supply and use, rather than in any way looking to work with the people for a mutually beneficial and far more workable long-term plan.


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Sam Sativa

2 years ago
We listened to the debate here, with great interest and much cynicism. It turned out to be relatively balanced discussion, perhaps generally more favourable, certainly from a medicinal point of view. That said, it struggled to even scratch the surface, relying on anecdote and rhetoric, with little input from an economic argument and only some from a medical perspective - in fact the chief focus of much of the debate stayed (depressingly) on crime and justice. The only conclusion seemed to be that it was a matter worth discussing further at a future point, which was probably the sadly inevitable and cynically predictable outcome - anyone expecting an explosion of passion for or against will be disappointed watching the replay - so we wait with bated breath for the conversation to begin at an undetermined moment down the line.

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