LONDON — A petition calling for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK has garnered over 150,000 signatures, surpassing the 100,000 needed for a debate in Parliament to be considered.
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Entitled “Make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal,” the petition lays out the potential economic and social benefits of such a move.
“Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs,” it claims.
The petition also argues that cannabis is “safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4,000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.”
Should the police turn a blind eye to cannabis use?
Drug experts have claimed that British police forces are turning a blind eye to small-time cannabis users in a bid to focus on other crimes.
Police chiefs are reportedly taking a more lenient approach on the Class B drug with users likely to receive a warning instead of facing prosecution.
However, the government has continually insisted it will not relax laws on the drug.
Durham Constabulary caused a stir this week when it admitted that people who grow small amounts of the drug would not be targeted by detectives.