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Would you like to see cannabis legalised?

In the Liberal Democrat manifesto, there is a proposal to legalise cannabis. 

The document contains a series of controversial pledges, including one to legalise and tax cannabis which is currently a class B drug.

Lib Dems promise to “break the grip of the criminal gangs” by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis. Limits would be introduced on potency and cannabis would be sold through licensed outlets to adults aged over 18. Party estimates say the new legal market could contribute £1bn a year to tax revenues. In comparison, tobacco sales raise £12bn in direct tax revenues for the Treasury each year.

The sale and possession of cannabis has been legalised for both recreational and medical use in eight US states so far including Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and Washington. The party says that their limits on potency will take problematic “skunk” off the streets and the shelves.

What do you think? Should cannabis be decriminalised for medical use as well as recreational use? Would the sale of this proposed regulated drug reduce the harmful impact on the health of the users?

Would you like to see cannabis legalised?

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Yodama
4 days ago
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It is not the plant itself that is the problem, it is the overuse and people profiteering from it that causes misery and crime.

Cannabis gives relief to many especially those on Chemotherapy.
Legalise it.
Regulate its usage by all means.
iestynlad
4 days ago
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Faulty rationale! what's next legalise crack cocaine and break THOSE criminal gangs? For those needing pain relief make it available on prescription
PatriciaH14
5 days ago
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My friend has Parkinson's​ and nerve pain, when she has a joint she feels better and more relaxed,it helps with stress and probably other illnesses,and people are not violent when they smoke it, so I think it should be legal
Yodama
3 days ago
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Your sooooo right duuuuude!
Pass the crackers, i'm hungry.
Billythequiche
5 days ago
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I cannot believe we are contemplating this! Would we legalise shoplifting because it was difficult to enforce? Then what? Theft? Assault? Pension fraud? We KNOW it causes mental problems. Medical prescriptions for specific illnesses is a subject for debate. Drugs are at the heart of so much crime and grief we should make it much tougher on dealers not legalise it. Can you imagine if one of the international chemical giants had the power of supply?
jeanmark
5 days ago
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I'm not sure you can compare the use of cannabis with the crimes you have mentioned. However, many of these have been committed under the influence of alcohol which is legal, should we therefore criminalise alcohol as well?

In relation to dealers, I think there is a belief that they will no longer profit from something once it becomes legal.
Pam1960
5 days ago
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I don't think the problem of dealers will be solved totally by legalising cannabis. As dealing is for making money on a supply and demand basis I should imagine the dealers would look to supply other illegal drugs. There is a big drugs problem in the area where I live. Many of my sons friends started smoking cannabis in their teens and graduated onto cocaine and in some cases heroin. Fortunately my sons were heavily into sport and did not succumb to peer pressure others have become addicted and are now on a downward spiral. Many of these young people come from so called good backgrounds but drugs will bring people down tk the basest level. Cannabis should be available on prescription only
Jo Kingham
5 days ago
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Cannabis should be legalised for medical reasons for sure. It's been proven to help with so many conditions so why wouldn't you use it?
Baxi
5 days ago
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I think legalising cannabis is a very sensible way to go forward.

At the moment people take stuff and they don't really know what's in it.

There is also a lot of ignorance about the addictive aspects of cannabis. I read an interesting article in the Economist years ago which was about research which had identified that certain people have a gene which makes them susceptible to paranoia from cannabis. In other words it doesn't agree with some people and can make them mentally ill.

Legalising the drug will also enable the government to raise taxes on it and regulate the quality of the drug.
Pam1960
6 days ago
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No I wouldn't like it to be legalised and therefore more readily available. Can you imagine children turning up to school stoned. Just the same as children manage to get their hands on cigarettes it will be exactly the same with cannabis. I believe it should be available on prescription for those who need it for pain relief. We may look at other nations and think legalisation works fine however Britain is a nation of bingers and over excess. Most countries can drink alcohol without the weekend binge. I don't think we would be able to handle cannabis in moderation
Lionel
6 days ago
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Yes, Pam, I completely agree with legalising cannabis for it's therapeutic properties, in other words, on prescription.

In the later part of my working life I care for a lot of MS patients in their own homes. We knew then cannabis could relieve their pain and distress but that great taboo, it was illegal. Some of my patients had sources of their own and I encouraged them to use it, without doing so myself. It is most beneficial in MS and Motorneurone disease.

But the stipulation here is, it must be prescription only.
JohnHerb
6 days ago
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Yes its about high time and if the government regulate it it should mean that it is a "sensible" product that is not going to damage peoples health-well not in the short term. I think the government should legalise all drugs and also sell them. It would stop a huge amount of criminal activity and the drugs would be "pure" plus it would help addicts and let them come out into the open. the current situation of criminalising all drugs has failed miserably.
Lionel
6 days ago
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Well, JohnHerb, I think this may be a first. I disagree with you.

The State generally legalises and regulates that which it cannot control or eradicate. Back in '65 Harold Wilson proposed draconian drug legislation but it didn't get as far as the Commons. His slender majority of I think 2 didn't ensure the legislation would pass into Law. In addition to which, as we found out later, he was planning a very early General Election, so his popularity was vital to him.

Since then drug use has spiralled out of control. I doubt legalising cannabis would directly affect the widespread use of 'legal highs,' which seemed to have surpassed cannabis as a drug of choice. So, it's a case of shutting the door after the horse has bolted.

JohnHerb, I do understand your point. Yet, if the State were to legalise cannabis, and regulate its sale, then would it not be hypocritical of them to continue the restrictions on tobacco and the very high duties applied to it.

Just as a foot note: in 1969 the then Liberal Leader David Steele negotiated a Bill through Parliament legalising homosexual acts between consenting adults over 21 years of age. Almost fifty years on, look where that's got us. Only weeks ago my fifteen year old step grandson told me it's OK to be gay. Oh, my. His generation is a Proctologist's dream. Full employment for many generations yet to come.

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