This is a question that has been on the lips of a significant proportion of the UK’s population for years now, if not decades. More and more countries around the world continue to take the informed and correct decision to legalise cannabis for medicinal and recreational use. The UK still seems adamant to stick by its archaic laws, and Big Pharma is to blame!
Although being widely used in the UK, Weed is illegal for recreational use and classified as a Class B drug. However, back in 2004 the Government reclassified Cannabis to a Class C drug resulting in less severe penalties for users but this was retracted in 2009 and it remains Class B to this day, ludicrous!
One of the most famous European countries to take a liberal approach to recreational Cannabis use is Holland. Studies show that Dutch teenagers report lower levels of Weed usage and availability than in other European countries. A counter argument against legalisation has always been that Weed acts as a gateway to harder drugs but let’s be honest, whether it’s legal or not, its freely available! So, studies citing this as a reason to keep it criminal are, in our opinion, compromised from the outset.
Decriminalisation of Weed has many benefits to the United Kingdom. Firstly and possibly the most obvious is the immense potential for tax revenue generated from a product which is bought on the black market in bulk every day. The country is entering a recession, paying back the COVID19 debt and dealing with a cost-of-living crisis of which we have not seen before. The Government are already stepping in to prop up energy bills for households and businesses alike, this money has to come from somewhere. Could Weed be the answer?
Secondly, by not prosecuting, this frees up the Police and the CPS to focus on crimes more important to the UK population. In turn, this frees up prison space which saves UK PLC further cash. Needless to say, another positive is that normally law abiding, tax paying citizens are not treated like criminals for growing a few plants or using a Weed that grows freely around the globe.
Back in 2018 The Liberal Democrats pledged in their election manifesto to legalise Cannabis if they got into power, it was this very statement that launched Weed Supermarket as they were the first of the major 3 political super powers to raise this. Their pledge was to limit the potency and permit use for those over the age of 18, which is an obvious starting point. Here is a useful piece from ITV on the Liberal Democrat policy to legalise cannabis will reduce crime and increase revenue.
The main reason as we see it for the Governments reluctance to ease the restriction on our archaic Cannabis laws comes down to the big pharmaceutical companies and their political lobbyists. The Cancer economy would take a huge hit overnight if Cannabis was legalised and those affected by the cruel disease started to use herbal remedies for both pain relief and tumour reduction. Other medical industries such as those supporting sufferers of epilepsy would also see a reduction in medical sales as patients sought help from Weed based products.
Our insider contacts at a UK organisation with links to licensed Cannabis production for medicinal use are telling us that it’s on the cards but when, is anyone’s guess. In the meantime you can buy a variety of Cannabis derived products by clicking here.