Remove Gross Indecency Convictions from all records

The European Court of Human Rights in the case ADT versus The UK (July 2000) found the old gross indecency law (men who have sex with other men – consenting adult sex) to be contravene human rights.

The UK government repealed the gross indecency law, which only applied to gay male sex, in December 2000. Yet those historic convictions remain in place on police and court records to be used over and over again to perpetuate the discrimination against gay men who engaged in consensual adult sex.

Amending the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (which is in the Coalition Agreement) does nothing to remove those records from the PNC, court records, and other local police records -and DNA,  fingerprint and photo databases.

Remove all records relating to the decriminalised offence of gross indecency.

Why is this idea important?

The European Court of Human Rights in the case ADT versus The UK (July 2000) found the old gross indecency law (men who have sex with other men – consenting adult sex) to be contravene human rights.

The UK government repealed the gross indecency law, which only applied to gay male sex, in December 2000. Yet those historic convictions remain in place on police and court records to be used over and over again to perpetuate the discrimination against gay men who engaged in consensual adult sex.

Amending the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (which is in the Coalition Agreement) does nothing to remove those records from the PNC, court records, and other local police records -and DNA,  fingerprint and photo databases.

Remove all records relating to the decriminalised offence of gross indecency.

Global shift in attitudes towards cannabis-UK response?

The issue of cannabis legislation is a tricky one. I believe cannabis should be decriminalised and regulated like alcohol and tobacco.

Given the global shift in attitudes towards cannabis – How does Britain respond?

If we look at current international attiudes with fellow countries from the developed western world…

The United States has Medical marijuana in 13 states, California is currently debating the legalisation of cannabis for recreational purposes

The dutch have arguably the most cannabis friendly attitude in europe,

Recent changes in both spainish and portugese drugs policy with the decriminalisation of cannabis  – with portugal decriminalising all drugs.

Canada has had a fairly relaxed attitude towards cannabis Superior and appellate courts in Ontario have repeatedly declared Canada's marijuana laws to be of no force and effect.The cultivation of cannabis is currently illegal in Canada, with exceptions only for medical usage.

Medical marijuana will soon be available in Germany, with the centre-right coalition preparing to make ground-breaking changes to drug laws, a government health spokeswoman said this week.

The UK? Classification of Cannabis has become especially controversial. In 2004, Cannabis was reclassified from class B to class C, in accordance with advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). In 2009, it was returned to class B against ACMD advice. Surely our drugs policy be based upon science and fact? Not historical prejudices and misconceptions.

Cannabis is illegal to possess and/or cultivate under the 1971 Misuse of drugs act. That is unless you get a license to grow it from the home office… After detailed research i could only find evidence of one company ever recieving such a license.

On the 11th of June 1998,  a UK-based company, GW Pharmaceuticals received a license from the Home Office in order to conduct research into the medicinal uses of cannabis. The company had noted the large amounts of evidence that cannabis has beneficial effects on a number of medical symptoms.
GW Pharmaceuticals then set out to conduct controlled clinical trials to evaluate these with a view to producing a final product to bring relief to thousands of sufferers to whom existing pharmacological treatments do not suffice. GW Pharmaceuticals thus became the only company in the UK licensed to provide raw cannabis materials for trials. Since then Sativex has been granted a UK license – this was granted in June of this year.

"My professional view of cannabis as a substance is that it appears to be a remarkably safe substance in comparison to most medicines prescribed today. The more I learn about this plant the more fascinated I become. It has through its various constituents multiple effects of therapeutic interest, many of which are now being validated by the enormous growth in basic cannabinoid research." – Dr Geoffrey Guy, Chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals.

There was an interesting interview on CNBC with Dr Guy and he confirmed that GW Pharmaceuticals are developing a whole range of products from the cannabis plant which will deal with Cancer pain, epilepsy, diabetes and inflammatory diseases. Their work with cancer patients in the US is already under way.They already have approval in canada for cannabis based medicines in advanced cancer patients – primarily pain relief.
So Cannabis the evil drug has serious potential as a medicine – this is one of the key things that seperate it from other drugs. Cannabis has real medical benefits.

Drug classification: making a hash of it? is the title of a report authored by the UK Science and Technology Select Committee and submitted to the British House of Commons. It was published in July 2006. The report suggested that the current system of recreational drug classification in the UK was arbitrary and unscientific and suggested a more scientific measure of harm be used for classifying drugs.

A quick look at the facts on alcohol…

Alcohol related deaths in the UK rose to 9,031 in 2008, up from 8,724 the previous year
– Branwen Jeffreys, Health Correspondent, BBC News

 Drug related deaths in the UK rose to 1,952 in 2008, up from 1900 the previous year
-St George's University of London, Drug related deaths in the UK, Annual report 2009

So almost 5 times more people died from alcohol related deaths than drug related deaths in 2008 yet alcohol isn't covered under the misuse of drugs act. Number of cannabis related deaths out of the 1,952 drug related deaths… ZERO.

Alcohol features in almost 50% of violent crime, yet isn't covered under the misuse of drugs act – this is because we know that for the large part alcohol is consumed responsibly by the majority of people who choose to use it.
We should be able to do the same with cannabis (And cannabis has been proven to assist with a number of different medical conditions) Alcohol has no proven medical benefits – the only one i could find was the use of it as an anti septic or disinfectant.
So alcohol is involved in more deaths & violent crime than cannabis yet is regulated and controlled – And not by the misuse of drugs act!

In essence we need to re-examine our attitudes towards cannabis and its criminalisation. The issue at hand is multi-faceted and extremely complex, this should not however stop us from engaging with the issue

Cannabis needs to be decriminalised and the sooner the better

Why is this idea important?

The issue of cannabis legislation is a tricky one. I believe cannabis should be decriminalised and regulated like alcohol and tobacco.

Given the global shift in attitudes towards cannabis – How does Britain respond?

If we look at current international attiudes with fellow countries from the developed western world…

The United States has Medical marijuana in 13 states, California is currently debating the legalisation of cannabis for recreational purposes

The dutch have arguably the most cannabis friendly attitude in europe,

Recent changes in both spainish and portugese drugs policy with the decriminalisation of cannabis  – with portugal decriminalising all drugs.

Canada has had a fairly relaxed attitude towards cannabis Superior and appellate courts in Ontario have repeatedly declared Canada's marijuana laws to be of no force and effect.The cultivation of cannabis is currently illegal in Canada, with exceptions only for medical usage.

Medical marijuana will soon be available in Germany, with the centre-right coalition preparing to make ground-breaking changes to drug laws, a government health spokeswoman said this week.

The UK? Classification of Cannabis has become especially controversial. In 2004, Cannabis was reclassified from class B to class C, in accordance with advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). In 2009, it was returned to class B against ACMD advice. Surely our drugs policy be based upon science and fact? Not historical prejudices and misconceptions.

Cannabis is illegal to possess and/or cultivate under the 1971 Misuse of drugs act. That is unless you get a license to grow it from the home office… After detailed research i could only find evidence of one company ever recieving such a license.

On the 11th of June 1998,  a UK-based company, GW Pharmaceuticals received a license from the Home Office in order to conduct research into the medicinal uses of cannabis. The company had noted the large amounts of evidence that cannabis has beneficial effects on a number of medical symptoms.
GW Pharmaceuticals then set out to conduct controlled clinical trials to evaluate these with a view to producing a final product to bring relief to thousands of sufferers to whom existing pharmacological treatments do not suffice. GW Pharmaceuticals thus became the only company in the UK licensed to provide raw cannabis materials for trials. Since then Sativex has been granted a UK license – this was granted in June of this year.

"My professional view of cannabis as a substance is that it appears to be a remarkably safe substance in comparison to most medicines prescribed today. The more I learn about this plant the more fascinated I become. It has through its various constituents multiple effects of therapeutic interest, many of which are now being validated by the enormous growth in basic cannabinoid research." – Dr Geoffrey Guy, Chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals.

There was an interesting interview on CNBC with Dr Guy and he confirmed that GW Pharmaceuticals are developing a whole range of products from the cannabis plant which will deal with Cancer pain, epilepsy, diabetes and inflammatory diseases. Their work with cancer patients in the US is already under way.They already have approval in canada for cannabis based medicines in advanced cancer patients – primarily pain relief.
So Cannabis the evil drug has serious potential as a medicine – this is one of the key things that seperate it from other drugs. Cannabis has real medical benefits.

Drug classification: making a hash of it? is the title of a report authored by the UK Science and Technology Select Committee and submitted to the British House of Commons. It was published in July 2006. The report suggested that the current system of recreational drug classification in the UK was arbitrary and unscientific and suggested a more scientific measure of harm be used for classifying drugs.

A quick look at the facts on alcohol…

Alcohol related deaths in the UK rose to 9,031 in 2008, up from 8,724 the previous year
– Branwen Jeffreys, Health Correspondent, BBC News

 Drug related deaths in the UK rose to 1,952 in 2008, up from 1900 the previous year
-St George's University of London, Drug related deaths in the UK, Annual report 2009

So almost 5 times more people died from alcohol related deaths than drug related deaths in 2008 yet alcohol isn't covered under the misuse of drugs act. Number of cannabis related deaths out of the 1,952 drug related deaths… ZERO.

Alcohol features in almost 50% of violent crime, yet isn't covered under the misuse of drugs act – this is because we know that for the large part alcohol is consumed responsibly by the majority of people who choose to use it.
We should be able to do the same with cannabis (And cannabis has been proven to assist with a number of different medical conditions) Alcohol has no proven medical benefits – the only one i could find was the use of it as an anti septic or disinfectant.
So alcohol is involved in more deaths & violent crime than cannabis yet is regulated and controlled – And not by the misuse of drugs act!

In essence we need to re-examine our attitudes towards cannabis and its criminalisation. The issue at hand is multi-faceted and extremely complex, this should not however stop us from engaging with the issue

Cannabis needs to be decriminalised and the sooner the better

Why our drug laws are not working

Drugs should be legalized, now, i know that's a very strong statement, however if you take into account the sheer scale of drug use in the uk, and the negative aspects associated with the prohibition of drugs, you quickly realise the positivity that can be extracted from the decriminalization of cannabis, and more understanding drug laws for harder drug use.

Now, consider this, if cannabis was legalized (perhaps along with MDMA pills & psilocybin mushrooms) the revenue that could be made in tax from the sale of cannabis is huge. 27% of the uk population regularly smoke cannabis, that means that 16,683,840 people in the uk use cannabis on a regular basis  and 14% of under 13 year olds have tried cannabis, you understand that the younger you are the more likely you are to begin using cannabis. Therefore it seems to me that children under 18 are using drugs as a form of rebellion, i know, i'm 16..

16,683,840 people use cannabis, if cannabis costs £10 per gram and each of them buy £70 (7 gram or quarter ounce) per week, and the government tax at 17.5% (V.A.T) that's £204,377,040 per week in tax, multiply that by 52 and you get a staggering £10,627,606,080 in tax per year, I won't go on in figures but imagine what David cameron could do with £10,627,606,080 per year?

If £10,627,606,080 a year COULD be going into public tax money, then consider that these people that use cannabis at the moment, are using it illegally, and if the criminals are making 100% profit, as legally it can't be coming from a taxable source, then that means that £60,729,177,600 per year is going into REAL criminals pockets every year, that's nearly 61 BILLION pounds sterling. This money could be going to fund terrorism, child trafficking, organised crime, murder and gun trafficking/production, no matter how much of a fool we may think David Cameron to be, don't you believe that this money should be going to him rather than the forementioned causes?

Now my personal opinion is that the money in tax (a considerably large sum) can be used to help ease the burden out of harder drug use and be used to make this country a place with less heroin and crack cocaine addicts, through legalization and controlled S.I.S (safe injection sites) the epidemic of heroin sweeping through the world may be doctored in the UK.

I shall now point out the fact that 9000 people a year in the UK die annualy from alcohol related illnesses, and the most common cause of death for 13-18 year olds in the UK is alcohol poisoning. Take that into consideration there is evidence to show that not one single person, in the history of cannabis use, has died from a THC overdose.

My father used to tell me as a child, that all things in life are good in moderation, perhaps i took this a little TOO literally, however i believe i could go as far as to say that it's become my motto, please take this into consideration when reading this.

The fact that also, cannabis has been shown to have very few derogatory side effects and there is NO proof that cannabis has been shown to cause schitzophrenia.

If drugs are controlled themselves then the abuse of drugs can be controlled and drugs, perhaps all drugs, can be enjoyed in a more safe, healthy manner.

Why is this idea important?

Drugs should be legalized, now, i know that's a very strong statement, however if you take into account the sheer scale of drug use in the uk, and the negative aspects associated with the prohibition of drugs, you quickly realise the positivity that can be extracted from the decriminalization of cannabis, and more understanding drug laws for harder drug use.

Now, consider this, if cannabis was legalized (perhaps along with MDMA pills & psilocybin mushrooms) the revenue that could be made in tax from the sale of cannabis is huge. 27% of the uk population regularly smoke cannabis, that means that 16,683,840 people in the uk use cannabis on a regular basis  and 14% of under 13 year olds have tried cannabis, you understand that the younger you are the more likely you are to begin using cannabis. Therefore it seems to me that children under 18 are using drugs as a form of rebellion, i know, i'm 16..

16,683,840 people use cannabis, if cannabis costs £10 per gram and each of them buy £70 (7 gram or quarter ounce) per week, and the government tax at 17.5% (V.A.T) that's £204,377,040 per week in tax, multiply that by 52 and you get a staggering £10,627,606,080 in tax per year, I won't go on in figures but imagine what David cameron could do with £10,627,606,080 per year?

If £10,627,606,080 a year COULD be going into public tax money, then consider that these people that use cannabis at the moment, are using it illegally, and if the criminals are making 100% profit, as legally it can't be coming from a taxable source, then that means that £60,729,177,600 per year is going into REAL criminals pockets every year, that's nearly 61 BILLION pounds sterling. This money could be going to fund terrorism, child trafficking, organised crime, murder and gun trafficking/production, no matter how much of a fool we may think David Cameron to be, don't you believe that this money should be going to him rather than the forementioned causes?

Now my personal opinion is that the money in tax (a considerably large sum) can be used to help ease the burden out of harder drug use and be used to make this country a place with less heroin and crack cocaine addicts, through legalization and controlled S.I.S (safe injection sites) the epidemic of heroin sweeping through the world may be doctored in the UK.

I shall now point out the fact that 9000 people a year in the UK die annualy from alcohol related illnesses, and the most common cause of death for 13-18 year olds in the UK is alcohol poisoning. Take that into consideration there is evidence to show that not one single person, in the history of cannabis use, has died from a THC overdose.

My father used to tell me as a child, that all things in life are good in moderation, perhaps i took this a little TOO literally, however i believe i could go as far as to say that it's become my motto, please take this into consideration when reading this.

The fact that also, cannabis has been shown to have very few derogatory side effects and there is NO proof that cannabis has been shown to cause schitzophrenia.

If drugs are controlled themselves then the abuse of drugs can be controlled and drugs, perhaps all drugs, can be enjoyed in a more safe, healthy manner.

Repeal the drugs laws

Make the laws governing alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, cocaine, heroin and mdma etc consistent. Bring the illicit trade and use of drugs out of the underworld and under regulation. Make the focus about education rather than criminalisation and alienation.

Why is this idea important?

Make the laws governing alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, cocaine, heroin and mdma etc consistent. Bring the illicit trade and use of drugs out of the underworld and under regulation. Make the focus about education rather than criminalisation and alienation.

Repeal The Lie’s & Deceit Of Generations Of Prohibition

After more than half a century of lies and deceit regarding cannabis and the reasons put forward for prohibition by successive governments in order to uphold the lie, the British public are wising up to the whitewash.

We will no longer accept the government's explanation of the merits of prohibition, neither will we continue to be lead astray by such pervasive deceitful policy.

The British public are far in advance of the government on the issue of the "War On Drugs", we have long acknowledged that the fundamental policy is corrupt and utterly unjust, unworkable and morally defunct.

It is now time for the government to repeal all such policies of openly lying to its electorate. It is time for the Government to play catch up with the public whim.

I demand that the government explain to the public why they have felt the need to deceive us for generations and why they have unjustly, immorally and unethically imprisoned so many citizens under trumped up charges that never made any rational sense. I demand to know why they continue to believe that it is right or correct to ruin some body's life for the act of consuming a substance that is of no consequence to anybody but themselves. Lastly, I am sure that I am not alone in also demanding that the Government come clean regarding the entire issue of prohibition and issue a deep and heartfelt apology to the public for creating and continuing to advocate possibly the second greatest deceitful  lie in human history.

REPEAL the governments ability to lie to their electorate by adopting rigid scientific and empirically lead independent bodies that can assess all comments made by government and analyse their factual content without interference from state.

Why is this idea important?

After more than half a century of lies and deceit regarding cannabis and the reasons put forward for prohibition by successive governments in order to uphold the lie, the British public are wising up to the whitewash.

We will no longer accept the government's explanation of the merits of prohibition, neither will we continue to be lead astray by such pervasive deceitful policy.

The British public are far in advance of the government on the issue of the "War On Drugs", we have long acknowledged that the fundamental policy is corrupt and utterly unjust, unworkable and morally defunct.

It is now time for the government to repeal all such policies of openly lying to its electorate. It is time for the Government to play catch up with the public whim.

I demand that the government explain to the public why they have felt the need to deceive us for generations and why they have unjustly, immorally and unethically imprisoned so many citizens under trumped up charges that never made any rational sense. I demand to know why they continue to believe that it is right or correct to ruin some body's life for the act of consuming a substance that is of no consequence to anybody but themselves. Lastly, I am sure that I am not alone in also demanding that the Government come clean regarding the entire issue of prohibition and issue a deep and heartfelt apology to the public for creating and continuing to advocate possibly the second greatest deceitful  lie in human history.

REPEAL the governments ability to lie to their electorate by adopting rigid scientific and empirically lead independent bodies that can assess all comments made by government and analyse their factual content without interference from state.

Amendments to Digital Economy Act 2010

At the current moment parts the the Digital Economy Act 2010 introduced by Lord Peter Mandelson on 8th of April which  is simply unenforceable and too draconian in statue to implerment properly.  The following changes which I propose would benefit not only Internet providers but aswell compensate Industries who lose said money to digital piracy. 

Proposel

  • The right to download copyrighted work for home use, educational purposes without any economical benefit or the intent to redistribute.
  • Creation of a new independant government body of which handles copyright on digital and internet use of said copyrighted materials and which collects payment of monies collected from a new tax .
  • A marginal tax all Internet providers would charge on top of all subcriptions made and passed to the new independant government body who then distributes the monies to the various lobbies who own the said copyright.

Why is this idea important?

At the current moment parts the the Digital Economy Act 2010 introduced by Lord Peter Mandelson on 8th of April which  is simply unenforceable and too draconian in statue to implerment properly.  The following changes which I propose would benefit not only Internet providers but aswell compensate Industries who lose said money to digital piracy. 

Proposel

  • The right to download copyrighted work for home use, educational purposes without any economical benefit or the intent to redistribute.
  • Creation of a new independant government body of which handles copyright on digital and internet use of said copyrighted materials and which collects payment of monies collected from a new tax .
  • A marginal tax all Internet providers would charge on top of all subcriptions made and passed to the new independant government body who then distributes the monies to the various lobbies who own the said copyright.

lift ban on drugs

As we all know, some idiot believes that the way to  make drugs safe is to ban them and pretend there not there. NOT THE CASE IDIOT!!  Making drugs illegal makes the person using the drug a criminal, when in some cases the user is a law abiding citizen that just fancy's a lil buzz on the weekend or getting stoned and watching a funny film for laughs. LEGALISING DRUGS MAKES THEM SAFER! NOT GOING TO BE MIXED WITH OTHER CHEMICALS IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN CONTROL IT. FOR INSTANCE, LEGALISING CANNABIS, ADDING A AGE RESTRICTION AND THEM SELLING IN SHOPS PRODUCES REVENUE

Why is this idea important?

As we all know, some idiot believes that the way to  make drugs safe is to ban them and pretend there not there. NOT THE CASE IDIOT!!  Making drugs illegal makes the person using the drug a criminal, when in some cases the user is a law abiding citizen that just fancy's a lil buzz on the weekend or getting stoned and watching a funny film for laughs. LEGALISING DRUGS MAKES THEM SAFER! NOT GOING TO BE MIXED WITH OTHER CHEMICALS IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN CONTROL IT. FOR INSTANCE, LEGALISING CANNABIS, ADDING A AGE RESTRICTION AND THEM SELLING IN SHOPS PRODUCES REVENUE

Murder

As recent events in Northumbria have shown, the law against murder is extremely costly to implement. It can also make criminals of ordinary people, including the police on occasion. There is also little evidence that a ban on murder makes any difference to the overall rate, and can actually drive murderers underground, literally speaking in the case of Raoul Moat!

I therefore suggest scrapping the ban on murder. All existing prisoners serving sentences for this crime could be released, and given alternative employment in A4E and other "welfare-to-work" organisations, as well as the government's putative boot camps for the unemployed.

What could possibly go wrong?

Why is this idea important?

As recent events in Northumbria have shown, the law against murder is extremely costly to implement. It can also make criminals of ordinary people, including the police on occasion. There is also little evidence that a ban on murder makes any difference to the overall rate, and can actually drive murderers underground, literally speaking in the case of Raoul Moat!

I therefore suggest scrapping the ban on murder. All existing prisoners serving sentences for this crime could be released, and given alternative employment in A4E and other "welfare-to-work" organisations, as well as the government's putative boot camps for the unemployed.

What could possibly go wrong?

Legalization of Cannabis

My idea is the full legalization of Cannabis as a recreational and medicinal drug. First lets address the problems with prohabition, to do this we need to think about the aims of prohabition 1. To decrease Cannabis use 2. To decrease the amount of Cannabis going around. In both these instances prohabition has 100% failed and its not going to start working anytime soon either. Also Cannabis is a largly harmless drug at least less harmful than Alcohol and Tobacco for instance you no one has ever died from it, it has never been proven to harm your lungs no more than any other heated plant matter, it is not carcinogenic its actually cancer preventing, it only brings out mental illness like schitzophrenia in people who already had a predisposed risk of it, it is not addictive and it doesn't kill brain cells as some would like u to believe. Cannabis also has many medicinal uses for illness like Cancer(it relieves the pain caused by cheamotheropy) MS, Arthiritis, Insominia, eating disorders( as it stimulates the appetite) and many more. Millions of pounds are wasted a year in the war on Cannabis, money that could be spent on things like the NHS and education. Also people who say Cannabis is a gateway drug are wrong as the only reason for this is because its illeagal you need to go through drug dealers.I say we legalize marijuana and tax it and pump all the money back into health care and education.

Why is this idea important?

My idea is the full legalization of Cannabis as a recreational and medicinal drug. First lets address the problems with prohabition, to do this we need to think about the aims of prohabition 1. To decrease Cannabis use 2. To decrease the amount of Cannabis going around. In both these instances prohabition has 100% failed and its not going to start working anytime soon either. Also Cannabis is a largly harmless drug at least less harmful than Alcohol and Tobacco for instance you no one has ever died from it, it has never been proven to harm your lungs no more than any other heated plant matter, it is not carcinogenic its actually cancer preventing, it only brings out mental illness like schitzophrenia in people who already had a predisposed risk of it, it is not addictive and it doesn't kill brain cells as some would like u to believe. Cannabis also has many medicinal uses for illness like Cancer(it relieves the pain caused by cheamotheropy) MS, Arthiritis, Insominia, eating disorders( as it stimulates the appetite) and many more. Millions of pounds are wasted a year in the war on Cannabis, money that could be spent on things like the NHS and education. Also people who say Cannabis is a gateway drug are wrong as the only reason for this is because its illeagal you need to go through drug dealers.I say we legalize marijuana and tax it and pump all the money back into health care and education.

Decriminalise non-violent and non-serious offences

Parliament should be the sole arbiter of what's deemed serious or violent, as these terms are too often misapplied. Convert all offences from criminal to civil offences provided they're neither violent nor serious, and if in doubt, place the onus on the CPS to make judgements in grey cases.

Why is this idea important?

Parliament should be the sole arbiter of what's deemed serious or violent, as these terms are too often misapplied. Convert all offences from criminal to civil offences provided they're neither violent nor serious, and if in doubt, place the onus on the CPS to make judgements in grey cases.

De-classify and legally regulate Cannabis

Legalise Cannabis, regulate it in a similar manner to Alcohol and Cigarettes. Even go as far as giving it 'unit's to help people understand and regulate their intake.

Misconceptions:

No evidence has yet been provided to show that cannabis is any more dangerous than existing consumable drugs and chemicals (alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine etc). It is known to trigger mental illness in a very select few individuals, however, this is often taken out of context. ANY drug can trigger an illness or reaction and does so to a similar extent. People may be allergic to alcohol, nuts, sunlight, aspartame, the list goes on.

The situation is also exaggerated by the introduction of 'Skunk' and other cannabis derivatives. These substances are effectively a different product but are currently classed the same and used in judging the safety of cannabis. These products contain unknown and dangerous elements and known dangerous elements. By not allowing legalisation of cannabis, we've allowed these proven dangerous drugs to enter our country under the guise of cannabis, and without legal regulation, the buyer does not know what it is that they are paying for.

Why is this idea important?

Legalise Cannabis, regulate it in a similar manner to Alcohol and Cigarettes. Even go as far as giving it 'unit's to help people understand and regulate their intake.

Misconceptions:

No evidence has yet been provided to show that cannabis is any more dangerous than existing consumable drugs and chemicals (alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine etc). It is known to trigger mental illness in a very select few individuals, however, this is often taken out of context. ANY drug can trigger an illness or reaction and does so to a similar extent. People may be allergic to alcohol, nuts, sunlight, aspartame, the list goes on.

The situation is also exaggerated by the introduction of 'Skunk' and other cannabis derivatives. These substances are effectively a different product but are currently classed the same and used in judging the safety of cannabis. These products contain unknown and dangerous elements and known dangerous elements. By not allowing legalisation of cannabis, we've allowed these proven dangerous drugs to enter our country under the guise of cannabis, and without legal regulation, the buyer does not know what it is that they are paying for.

Rather than banning legal highs and all the replacement chemicals, why not just decriminalise and regulate the drugs people have been taking for years?

It's seems really stupid to keep banning each and every legal high as they are released only for "chemists" to release slightly different drugs to replace them in the "legal high" shops.

I mean people have been using Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstacy etc for YEARS, admittedly they have their downsides and side effects, but at least we have DECADES if not centuries of experience with them and their effects.

With the "real" drugs being illegal we're simply driving "chemists" to create more "legal highs" drugs which we don't know much about, which have little to no testing and are completely new to the human body and the law system.

Why is this idea important?

It's seems really stupid to keep banning each and every legal high as they are released only for "chemists" to release slightly different drugs to replace them in the "legal high" shops.

I mean people have been using Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstacy etc for YEARS, admittedly they have their downsides and side effects, but at least we have DECADES if not centuries of experience with them and their effects.

With the "real" drugs being illegal we're simply driving "chemists" to create more "legal highs" drugs which we don't know much about, which have little to no testing and are completely new to the human body and the law system.

Decriminalisation of Cannabis

I am 55 years old and I believe it is my right to do what I want to do, in the privacy of my own home, so long as it does not cause any harm or offence to others. If my government agrees with that, then they should agree with my case for the de-criminalisation of Cannabis.

I use Cannabis for its medicinal, pain relieving benefits, and I also use it as a recreational drug.  I have done so, without any ill effect, for 40 years. I have brought a family up and have a responsible job, and I have never, in those 40 years, felt that my use of Cannabis has done anything other than benefit me.

Cannabis is a natural growing herb which has many beneficial properties which aid pain relief, Depression, Anorexia, Asthma, Nausea, Peptic Ulcer, Alcoholism, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Migraine, Anxiety, Inflammation, Hypertension, Insomnia, to name but a few.  Personally, I use it to combat the pain caused by a broken knee in a road accident 15 years ago. I was prescribed pain relieving drugs (CoProxamol – which was, some time later, taken off the market due to problems associated with the drug) on the NHS, but I found Cannabis more effective and so have effectively saved the NHS 15 years worth of drug costs  – and probably saved myself the negative effects of a very bad 'legal' drug. 

I see no logical reason for Cannabis to be illegal, but I do understand that years of negative publicity have made it almost impossible for any but the bravest government to actually do the right thing and legalise this herb so I am asking for a de-criminalisation similar to that in Holland.

In fact, all I'm asking is my civil right to grow a herb in my own home.

I really should not be put in a position where I am worried about growing a herb so that i have to go and buy it from a drug dealer.

That's just wrong.

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

I am 55 years old and I believe it is my right to do what I want to do, in the privacy of my own home, so long as it does not cause any harm or offence to others. If my government agrees with that, then they should agree with my case for the de-criminalisation of Cannabis.

I use Cannabis for its medicinal, pain relieving benefits, and I also use it as a recreational drug.  I have done so, without any ill effect, for 40 years. I have brought a family up and have a responsible job, and I have never, in those 40 years, felt that my use of Cannabis has done anything other than benefit me.

Cannabis is a natural growing herb which has many beneficial properties which aid pain relief, Depression, Anorexia, Asthma, Nausea, Peptic Ulcer, Alcoholism, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, Migraine, Anxiety, Inflammation, Hypertension, Insomnia, to name but a few.  Personally, I use it to combat the pain caused by a broken knee in a road accident 15 years ago. I was prescribed pain relieving drugs (CoProxamol – which was, some time later, taken off the market due to problems associated with the drug) on the NHS, but I found Cannabis more effective and so have effectively saved the NHS 15 years worth of drug costs  – and probably saved myself the negative effects of a very bad 'legal' drug. 

I see no logical reason for Cannabis to be illegal, but I do understand that years of negative publicity have made it almost impossible for any but the bravest government to actually do the right thing and legalise this herb so I am asking for a de-criminalisation similar to that in Holland.

In fact, all I'm asking is my civil right to grow a herb in my own home.

I really should not be put in a position where I am worried about growing a herb so that i have to go and buy it from a drug dealer.

That's just wrong.

 

 

 

Stop criminal records for small offences

I'm particularly thinking of Local Govt here. You can get criminal records for dropping litter, leaving your bin out on the wrong day etc etc.

Criminal records for serious crimes only. Will free up the courts and save money.

Why is this idea important?

I'm particularly thinking of Local Govt here. You can get criminal records for dropping litter, leaving your bin out on the wrong day etc etc.

Criminal records for serious crimes only. Will free up the courts and save money.

Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 Section 5(b)

Any reception of unencrypted radio communications not on a ‘broadcast band’ is illegal. Criminalises plane-spotters with their scanner. Far too wide ranging.

Why is this idea important?

Any reception of unencrypted radio communications not on a ‘broadcast band’ is illegal. Criminalises plane-spotters with their scanner. Far too wide ranging.

Motion Pertaining To The Legalisation Of Cannabis.

It is no secret that the decades old process of prohibition has failed completely to limit the distribution and use of cannabis throughout the UK. The only people to have ever benefited from the policy of prohibition has been and continues to be the black market criminal. Instead of taking advantage of the massive revenue of the entire cannabis trade, the UK prefers to hand this golden egg to criminals. Thus such revenue streams disappear, never to benefit British society while simultaneously, we feed the black market in a never ending viscous circle.

As the law stands on narcotic legislation, a drug is to be criminalised if it poses a direct risk to society and the individual. Taking this into account, cannabis cannot possibly constitute an equal risk to society or the individual as that of alcohol. Alcohol kills more people in the UK than any other illegal drug put together. It places an immeasurable stress on the NHS, results in open violence in our streets and homes, is the cause of much misery and crime and addicts the user relatively easily. Yet it is legal, despite the law. As Cannabis does none of the above, in fact it promotes a more harmonious way of life, why is the government telling society that the only choice for rest and relaxation is a drug more dangerous than the alternative? Why are we forced into drinking as the only legal means of getting high? As an adult, one should be able to have a choice in what they wish to indulge in, in terms of rest and relaxation substances. It is simply unethical and unjust to state that alcohol is a more acceptable drug than cannabis.

Our prisons are over crowded forcing the government to lessen the deterrent effect of prison in general and allowing some violent offenders to serve less time or not go in to prison at all. The effect of legalisation in terms of lessening the prison population would be significant. Indeed, current prisoners incarcerated for cultivation or possession could be viewed as "prisoners of conscience" as their crime hurts nobody and therefore is a victimless crime. The police would also benefit by being able to divert their resources to serious crime instead. It is no secret that the arrest of a cannabis user is an easy way to artificially raise crime statistics in the UK. It is morally and ethically wrong to criminalise a person for choosing to relax by using cannabis. Other than this one grey area, the user is statistically a perfectly law abiding, tax paying and upstanding citizen. It is unjust in the extreme to criminalise the adult individual and force them in to the shadows of a society that they fully contribute to and do no harm to what so ever. Such a move as legalisation would reflect favourably on our society by emancipating millions of people to live life in the open as legitimate citizens, beneficial to society.

The medical use of cannabis is well documented and successfully launched in several states in the USA as well as in other European countries. Cannabis has substantial medical qualities and eases the life of millions for a multitude of different illnesses. Why is it that the government insists that our society base itself solely on pharmaceutical drugs when they cause such terrible side effects? There is, as millions will concur, a far safer, 100% natural and more enjoyable alternative. Cannabis is cheaper to produce and more effective at easing the ailments of the sick user. Now, we all know that smoking is bad for you, yet there is still no argument that therefore, cannabis is bad for you as it can be consumed orally or by means of a vaporizer with no medical consequences. Again, it is unjust, unsympathetic, unethical and immoral to deprive the sick of a drug that is proven to be of such medicinal value. As for the argument of cannabis and schizophrenia, well that is simply nonsense. Scientific research has proven a 2% risk of permanent mental dis-function in regular users. Therefore, such risks are insignificant when balanced against the risks associated with alcohol. Are we really such a society that would prefer to criminalise the sick instead of help them by any means possible? I refuse to think so and live in hope that our collective humanity and decency will eventually make it’s way to the parliamentary table.

Taking our current economic crisis into account, has the time not finally arrived when necessity dictates that cannabis is legalised and regulated through proper medical channels and taxed? Britain could help to solve her debt crisis almost over night; massively increased tax revenue, an explosion of new small to medium businesses, increased tourism, decreased prison population, freed up police force, the advancement of British medical science and an increase of GDP within the UK Hemp industry. Currently 100% of all this cash goes straight into the hands of the black market, benefiting nobody but the criminal and that is, frankly, a senseless waist of revenue. There are currently 6 million adult cannabis user’s in the UK and 11 million casual adult users. Being government statistics, one can assume a much higher real usage throughout Britain. To deny the country such a massive instant revenue windfall in a time of such austerity is madness. The maths is not difficult, legalisation makes rational sense. Is it not time for the UK to collectively wake up to the reality of the situation and consider another far more reasonable, rational and ethical approach to managing the issue of social drug use?

We could liberate millions while simultaneously improving our economy and society. Instead of being seen as an evil psychotic menace perhaps cannabis will one day be seen as our saving grace. At the same time society will see that adults are able to self regulate and children will lose interest due to the lifting of the magnetic effect of a teenager and an illegal substance mixed with greater regulation and a reduction in the black market. Britain would follow Holland in years to come whereby they would have among the lowest population of drug abusers in the world.

I hope that I have been able to convince you of the merits of cannabis legalisation. In my opinion, it is a simple, rational and logical argument for the social equality of millions of our citizens. It is the just and correct thing to do in a modern and apparently open society.

Why is this idea important?

It is no secret that the decades old process of prohibition has failed completely to limit the distribution and use of cannabis throughout the UK. The only people to have ever benefited from the policy of prohibition has been and continues to be the black market criminal. Instead of taking advantage of the massive revenue of the entire cannabis trade, the UK prefers to hand this golden egg to criminals. Thus such revenue streams disappear, never to benefit British society while simultaneously, we feed the black market in a never ending viscous circle.

As the law stands on narcotic legislation, a drug is to be criminalised if it poses a direct risk to society and the individual. Taking this into account, cannabis cannot possibly constitute an equal risk to society or the individual as that of alcohol. Alcohol kills more people in the UK than any other illegal drug put together. It places an immeasurable stress on the NHS, results in open violence in our streets and homes, is the cause of much misery and crime and addicts the user relatively easily. Yet it is legal, despite the law. As Cannabis does none of the above, in fact it promotes a more harmonious way of life, why is the government telling society that the only choice for rest and relaxation is a drug more dangerous than the alternative? Why are we forced into drinking as the only legal means of getting high? As an adult, one should be able to have a choice in what they wish to indulge in, in terms of rest and relaxation substances. It is simply unethical and unjust to state that alcohol is a more acceptable drug than cannabis.

Our prisons are over crowded forcing the government to lessen the deterrent effect of prison in general and allowing some violent offenders to serve less time or not go in to prison at all. The effect of legalisation in terms of lessening the prison population would be significant. Indeed, current prisoners incarcerated for cultivation or possession could be viewed as "prisoners of conscience" as their crime hurts nobody and therefore is a victimless crime. The police would also benefit by being able to divert their resources to serious crime instead. It is no secret that the arrest of a cannabis user is an easy way to artificially raise crime statistics in the UK. It is morally and ethically wrong to criminalise a person for choosing to relax by using cannabis. Other than this one grey area, the user is statistically a perfectly law abiding, tax paying and upstanding citizen. It is unjust in the extreme to criminalise the adult individual and force them in to the shadows of a society that they fully contribute to and do no harm to what so ever. Such a move as legalisation would reflect favourably on our society by emancipating millions of people to live life in the open as legitimate citizens, beneficial to society.

The medical use of cannabis is well documented and successfully launched in several states in the USA as well as in other European countries. Cannabis has substantial medical qualities and eases the life of millions for a multitude of different illnesses. Why is it that the government insists that our society base itself solely on pharmaceutical drugs when they cause such terrible side effects? There is, as millions will concur, a far safer, 100% natural and more enjoyable alternative. Cannabis is cheaper to produce and more effective at easing the ailments of the sick user. Now, we all know that smoking is bad for you, yet there is still no argument that therefore, cannabis is bad for you as it can be consumed orally or by means of a vaporizer with no medical consequences. Again, it is unjust, unsympathetic, unethical and immoral to deprive the sick of a drug that is proven to be of such medicinal value. As for the argument of cannabis and schizophrenia, well that is simply nonsense. Scientific research has proven a 2% risk of permanent mental dis-function in regular users. Therefore, such risks are insignificant when balanced against the risks associated with alcohol. Are we really such a society that would prefer to criminalise the sick instead of help them by any means possible? I refuse to think so and live in hope that our collective humanity and decency will eventually make it’s way to the parliamentary table.

Taking our current economic crisis into account, has the time not finally arrived when necessity dictates that cannabis is legalised and regulated through proper medical channels and taxed? Britain could help to solve her debt crisis almost over night; massively increased tax revenue, an explosion of new small to medium businesses, increased tourism, decreased prison population, freed up police force, the advancement of British medical science and an increase of GDP within the UK Hemp industry. Currently 100% of all this cash goes straight into the hands of the black market, benefiting nobody but the criminal and that is, frankly, a senseless waist of revenue. There are currently 6 million adult cannabis user’s in the UK and 11 million casual adult users. Being government statistics, one can assume a much higher real usage throughout Britain. To deny the country such a massive instant revenue windfall in a time of such austerity is madness. The maths is not difficult, legalisation makes rational sense. Is it not time for the UK to collectively wake up to the reality of the situation and consider another far more reasonable, rational and ethical approach to managing the issue of social drug use?

We could liberate millions while simultaneously improving our economy and society. Instead of being seen as an evil psychotic menace perhaps cannabis will one day be seen as our saving grace. At the same time society will see that adults are able to self regulate and children will lose interest due to the lifting of the magnetic effect of a teenager and an illegal substance mixed with greater regulation and a reduction in the black market. Britain would follow Holland in years to come whereby they would have among the lowest population of drug abusers in the world.

I hope that I have been able to convince you of the merits of cannabis legalisation. In my opinion, it is a simple, rational and logical argument for the social equality of millions of our citizens. It is the just and correct thing to do in a modern and apparently open society.

Amend the ‘misuse of drugs act 1971’

The classification and prohibition status of drugs should be based on robust scientific assessment of the harms caused by the use of specific substances. Such classification should be independent of arbitrary political whims.

Studies including- 

Drug classification: making a hash of it?, Fifth Report of Session 2005–06, House of Commons, Science and Technology Committee

and

Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse, David Nutt, Leslie A. King, William Saulsbury, Colin Blakemore, The Lancet, 24 March 2007

have repeatedly shown that the present system of drug classification as ordered under the act is based on historical assumptions, not scientific assessment. To quote from the second source, the act is "not fit for purpose" and "the exclusion of alcohol and tobacco from the Misuse of Drugs Act is, from a scientific perspective, arbitrary."

The act should be amended to abolish the role of the 'advisory council on the misuse of drugs' which has been shown to be subject to political influence, eliminate the role of the Home Secretary in drug classification as there is no independent oversight of his decision making and no necessary scientific validity to this role, and establish instead an independent organisation that is strictly regulated to follow and abide by the scientific method in the classification of drugs.

The staff and organisation of the existing 'independent scientific committee on drugs', established by Professor David Nutt, would be suitable to fill this role.

Why is this idea important?

The classification and prohibition status of drugs should be based on robust scientific assessment of the harms caused by the use of specific substances. Such classification should be independent of arbitrary political whims.

Studies including- 

Drug classification: making a hash of it?, Fifth Report of Session 2005–06, House of Commons, Science and Technology Committee

and

Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse, David Nutt, Leslie A. King, William Saulsbury, Colin Blakemore, The Lancet, 24 March 2007

have repeatedly shown that the present system of drug classification as ordered under the act is based on historical assumptions, not scientific assessment. To quote from the second source, the act is "not fit for purpose" and "the exclusion of alcohol and tobacco from the Misuse of Drugs Act is, from a scientific perspective, arbitrary."

The act should be amended to abolish the role of the 'advisory council on the misuse of drugs' which has been shown to be subject to political influence, eliminate the role of the Home Secretary in drug classification as there is no independent oversight of his decision making and no necessary scientific validity to this role, and establish instead an independent organisation that is strictly regulated to follow and abide by the scientific method in the classification of drugs.

The staff and organisation of the existing 'independent scientific committee on drugs', established by Professor David Nutt, would be suitable to fill this role.

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous… ” – Dr. Carl Sagan

My idea is simple: Legalise, tax and regulate Cannabis.

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Cannabis should be available to everyone aged 18+

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Commercially:-

Cannabis should be sold in a licensed premises along the lines of a tobacconists, supplied by a licensed commercial grower and all products quality controlled before being supplied to the store. All sales could be taxed – a much needed source of income in these bad economical times.

Cannabis must be used in a private place such as a home, or a public place similar to the Coffee Shops of Amsterdam. 

It would be an offence to consume Cannabis in an un-appointed public area.

It would be a criminal offence to sell Cannabis, or buy Cannabis for, anybody under the age of 18, much like the Alcohol laws.

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Personally:-

Growing for personal use would not need a licence. There would be a pre-determined maximum number of plants per person aged 18+ per household. Any Cannabis grown for personal use may be freely used with friends, family or anybody aged 18+.

It would be a criminal offence to sell off any Cannabis grown for personal use.

It would be a criminal offence to supply anybody under the age of 18 with any Cannabis.

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Medically:-

A doctor would be able to prescribe Cannabis to anybody they believe it would benefit, with no age limit.

Strains of Cannabis bred to be medically potent will be available in all Chemists on prescription. For patients who prefer not to smoke Cannabis, vapourisers and Cannabis Recipe books would be available at a low price at the Chemists to provide alternative methods of consumption.

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Industrial Cannabis:-

Cannabis has many industrial uses: It's oils can be used as biofuel, it's fibre – the strongest natural fibre known to man – is a renewable source of paper, it's seeds can be used for food. Make use of Cannabis's many varying properties!

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Why is this idea important?

My idea is simple: Legalise, tax and regulate Cannabis.

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Cannabis should be available to everyone aged 18+

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Commercially:-

Cannabis should be sold in a licensed premises along the lines of a tobacconists, supplied by a licensed commercial grower and all products quality controlled before being supplied to the store. All sales could be taxed – a much needed source of income in these bad economical times.

Cannabis must be used in a private place such as a home, or a public place similar to the Coffee Shops of Amsterdam. 

It would be an offence to consume Cannabis in an un-appointed public area.

It would be a criminal offence to sell Cannabis, or buy Cannabis for, anybody under the age of 18, much like the Alcohol laws.

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Personally:-

Growing for personal use would not need a licence. There would be a pre-determined maximum number of plants per person aged 18+ per household. Any Cannabis grown for personal use may be freely used with friends, family or anybody aged 18+.

It would be a criminal offence to sell off any Cannabis grown for personal use.

It would be a criminal offence to supply anybody under the age of 18 with any Cannabis.

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Medically:-

A doctor would be able to prescribe Cannabis to anybody they believe it would benefit, with no age limit.

Strains of Cannabis bred to be medically potent will be available in all Chemists on prescription. For patients who prefer not to smoke Cannabis, vapourisers and Cannabis Recipe books would be available at a low price at the Chemists to provide alternative methods of consumption.

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Industrial Cannabis:-

Cannabis has many industrial uses: It's oils can be used as biofuel, it's fibre – the strongest natural fibre known to man – is a renewable source of paper, it's seeds can be used for food. Make use of Cannabis's many varying properties!

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Take the profit out of the drug crime industry

Drugs are at the root of a lot of crime and costs to the health service. Control is the answer. Take the control away from the criminals

Don't legalise drugs distribution nor legalise drug use if it is from a non government source. 

Make it legal for registered addicts or REGISTERED DRUG USERS to obtain their drugs through a governement system.

Properly health service controlled drugs reduce the massive health issues based around the garbage that is produced by the drug gangs. That means long term a massive saving to the health service

Produceing the drugs on a free/very low cost issue.  Removes all the profit for the criminals. If there is no profit then they will not distribute it.

The crime that is caused by this would be reduced massively

Its only the politics of the thing that is preventing the resolving of this problem. Start from the 1st Jan 2011  four years of good results will prove to voters how brave and good this idea was.

Why is this idea important?

Drugs are at the root of a lot of crime and costs to the health service. Control is the answer. Take the control away from the criminals

Don't legalise drugs distribution nor legalise drug use if it is from a non government source. 

Make it legal for registered addicts or REGISTERED DRUG USERS to obtain their drugs through a governement system.

Properly health service controlled drugs reduce the massive health issues based around the garbage that is produced by the drug gangs. That means long term a massive saving to the health service

Produceing the drugs on a free/very low cost issue.  Removes all the profit for the criminals. If there is no profit then they will not distribute it.

The crime that is caused by this would be reduced massively

Its only the politics of the thing that is preventing the resolving of this problem. Start from the 1st Jan 2011  four years of good results will prove to voters how brave and good this idea was.

Legalise Ecstasy

I think Ecstasy should be legal. It has been in regular use in this country for a number of years and seems to have had no ill effects. It could be manufactured and sold through pharmacies.

Why is this idea important?

I think Ecstasy should be legal. It has been in regular use in this country for a number of years and seems to have had no ill effects. It could be manufactured and sold through pharmacies.

parent of drug user

 I agree that there should be drugs such as heroin legalised and distributed in a safe way. Methadone as a substitute causes more deaths than heroin and is a worse addiction. I have seen this first hand.When a drug addict needs help , its needed right away, putting on a waiting list when deperate is no answer. I honestly think that Rehabs should be built in every major city or town so that help is available soonest rather than later. I hope that this will happen as it will take lots of cr ime off the table and run out the dealers who make money out of peoples misery, threatening and killing daughters and sons    who are addicted and effects all families all over. Big time dealers should be charged with murder when discovered that they suplied and addict who has od`d with dirty heroin etc. The law is to  soft on dealers. I have read  sugestions     about age limits on drug users getting heroin instead of methadone. Addiction has no age limits. Treat when needed, not Make a 15 year old wait till 25 for treatment or clean heroin. Many are dead by that time.Treat it as an illness like alcoholism is and treat the person.some addicts have had terrible lives that made them take drugs to shut it out. help not criticism is needed

Why is this idea important?

 I agree that there should be drugs such as heroin legalised and distributed in a safe way. Methadone as a substitute causes more deaths than heroin and is a worse addiction. I have seen this first hand.When a drug addict needs help , its needed right away, putting on a waiting list when deperate is no answer. I honestly think that Rehabs should be built in every major city or town so that help is available soonest rather than later. I hope that this will happen as it will take lots of cr ime off the table and run out the dealers who make money out of peoples misery, threatening and killing daughters and sons    who are addicted and effects all families all over. Big time dealers should be charged with murder when discovered that they suplied and addict who has od`d with dirty heroin etc. The law is to  soft on dealers. I have read  sugestions     about age limits on drug users getting heroin instead of methadone. Addiction has no age limits. Treat when needed, not Make a 15 year old wait till 25 for treatment or clean heroin. Many are dead by that time.Treat it as an illness like alcoholism is and treat the person.some addicts have had terrible lives that made them take drugs to shut it out. help not criticism is needed

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!

Decriminalise most recreational drugs in favour of regulation.

Prohibition demonstrably does not work and the cost to this country is great both in terms of law enforcement and social damage.

Alcohol and tobacco are more damaging to the health and society than many illicit drugs yet they pay for themselves because they are regulated and taxed; tobacco tax generates 10 times the amount it costs the NHS during these hard economic times it is no time to cut one's nose off to spite one's face.

Heroine should be provided to existing registered addicts at cost, which will be substantially cheaper than "street" cost. This will significantly reduce their motivation to commit crime to fuel their habit and will remove the incentive from dealers to create more addicts, what's the point if they just go and get it from the authorities. It will also guarentee proper dosing and purity which will substantially reduce the health issues of this drug.

Ecstacy and cannabis plus a few others should be sold and their supply regulated and taxed just like alcohol. Although I will not argue these drugs are harmless, they most certainly are not I will say they are substantially less harmful than alcohol with cannabis being no more harmful than tobacco mainly because it is smoked. The tax generated will help fund the NHS and if the tobacco and alcohol markets are anything to go by this should fund it to excess. 

Cocaine or similar stimulants should be made available too because there is a demand and most of the damage is again associated with the fact it is prohibited. It must be remembed that the same stimulants were provided to fighter pilots during world war II to help them perform better.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Prohibition demonstrably does not work and the cost to this country is great both in terms of law enforcement and social damage.

Alcohol and tobacco are more damaging to the health and society than many illicit drugs yet they pay for themselves because they are regulated and taxed; tobacco tax generates 10 times the amount it costs the NHS during these hard economic times it is no time to cut one's nose off to spite one's face.

Heroine should be provided to existing registered addicts at cost, which will be substantially cheaper than "street" cost. This will significantly reduce their motivation to commit crime to fuel their habit and will remove the incentive from dealers to create more addicts, what's the point if they just go and get it from the authorities. It will also guarentee proper dosing and purity which will substantially reduce the health issues of this drug.

Ecstacy and cannabis plus a few others should be sold and their supply regulated and taxed just like alcohol. Although I will not argue these drugs are harmless, they most certainly are not I will say they are substantially less harmful than alcohol with cannabis being no more harmful than tobacco mainly because it is smoked. The tax generated will help fund the NHS and if the tobacco and alcohol markets are anything to go by this should fund it to excess. 

Cocaine or similar stimulants should be made available too because there is a demand and most of the damage is again associated with the fact it is prohibited. It must be remembed that the same stimulants were provided to fighter pilots during world war II to help them perform better.