Decriminalise drugs. Let people grow cannabis .

Let drugs be decriminalised for the end user.  Use the funds saved through the whole justice system, police, courts and prison for realistic help for people for whom their dependency is creating difficulties in their life, including the drug, alcohol.  

The truth is for a large section of illegal drug users the only problem is the fact that the drug of their choice is illegal: this fact alone causes the havoc and can result in a criminal record, even though in every other way people are managing their own lives.

I would suggest the Government should at least listen to the advice from our experts in the field of drug classification and let drugs be classified in a rational way.  Let people grow cannabis under the laws similar to those for tobacco?

The 'It must be ok – it's legal!' headset stems from misinformation: the artificial separation between alcohol and other drugs leads to startling stats like in 2005 25% of deaths of 16 – 24 yr old men and 15% of women of the same age were alcohol related. 

 

Why is this idea important?

Let drugs be decriminalised for the end user.  Use the funds saved through the whole justice system, police, courts and prison for realistic help for people for whom their dependency is creating difficulties in their life, including the drug, alcohol.  

The truth is for a large section of illegal drug users the only problem is the fact that the drug of their choice is illegal: this fact alone causes the havoc and can result in a criminal record, even though in every other way people are managing their own lives.

I would suggest the Government should at least listen to the advice from our experts in the field of drug classification and let drugs be classified in a rational way.  Let people grow cannabis under the laws similar to those for tobacco?

The 'It must be ok – it's legal!' headset stems from misinformation: the artificial separation between alcohol and other drugs leads to startling stats like in 2005 25% of deaths of 16 – 24 yr old men and 15% of women of the same age were alcohol related. 

 

Make drugs a health issue, not a criminal one, for the user.

Make drugs a health issue, not a criminal one, for the user.  Decriminalise drugs and treat all those who want help including those with alcohol problems, this could be  funded from the savings made through the police, courts and prisons.  We are told 40% of 'criminals' are in prison for drug issues, if we say 10% of those were not just 'users' that still leaves 30% of the 85,000 prisoners each costing us £38,000 per year we are told. Do the math, it's a lot of money that could be better spent.  

There is very sound evidence that decriminalisation of drugs results in a lessening of drug taking and its associated problems in the countries brave enough to go this route with their 'drug problem'. 

Countries like America literally have a 'War on drugs' with their own citizens that I personally think is downright undemocratic.  We are British/European not American!

Why is this idea important?

Make drugs a health issue, not a criminal one, for the user.  Decriminalise drugs and treat all those who want help including those with alcohol problems, this could be  funded from the savings made through the police, courts and prisons.  We are told 40% of 'criminals' are in prison for drug issues, if we say 10% of those were not just 'users' that still leaves 30% of the 85,000 prisoners each costing us £38,000 per year we are told. Do the math, it's a lot of money that could be better spent.  

There is very sound evidence that decriminalisation of drugs results in a lessening of drug taking and its associated problems in the countries brave enough to go this route with their 'drug problem'. 

Countries like America literally have a 'War on drugs' with their own citizens that I personally think is downright undemocratic.  We are British/European not American!