UK Appears to Be Embracing Cannabis Reform
January 24th, 2014
Policy, Top Story
Border officials in the United Kingdom have been told not to arrest passengers caught with cannabis in their luggage, according to a report by the Daily Mail. Official notices inform staff not to arrest anyone with “personal use” quantities of Class B drugs like cannabis. The move suggests that ministers have started to green-light drug laws in much the same way that the U.S. Department of Justice has stopped prosecuting offenders in states where it’s legal.
With over half of all drug seizures being cannabis-related, according to the World Health Organization, taking control of the market could enable the U.K. government to regulate the manufacturing, distribution and quality of cannabis. Regulators could also monitor usage more accurately and use tax revenues to help fund programs to educate the public. These benefits are becoming increasingly apparent as many countries consider reforms.
There’s more evidence of a turning tide in the government, too; the Home Office even published a report back in 1968 saying:
“There is no evidence that this activity [smoking cannabis] is causing violent crime or aggression, anti-social behavior, or is producing in otherwise normal people conditions of dependence or psychosis requiring medical treatment.”
Until recently, the U.K. public has been widely opposed to the legalization of cannabis as it had been in the U.S and elsewhere around the world, reducing any hope of legalization efforts on a governmental level. The U.K. public’s perceptions have been changing, however, with 53% of the public supporting legalizing the production and supply of cannabis, according to a survey by the Transform Drug Policy Foundation.
The liberalization of cannabis laws has been a long time coming in the U.K. and around the world. With U.S. states leading the way, there will be a growing body of evidence supporting the safe use of cannabis and the benefits of regulation. And, the U.K. could become the next major nation to support legalization.
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