The Truth about Cannabis

 

Quite frankly, i'm shocked with society, the way people are forced to be materialistic and promote the destruction of the planet all for this precious 'profit'. I'm not a naturist but as Joe Rogan said, 'If an alien looked at earth and saw western civilization from space, it would look identical to a living organism infected with cancer.' Industrialization is like any other substance, best in moderation. 

Although, not all is bad, there is such a plant which has unprecedented potential. From clothing to food, Medicine to bio-fuel or simply using it for recreational purposes. Cannabis is quite literally a fuel for life. Furthermore there is a clear difference between harmful drugs such as Coke Heroin and Alcohol compared to cannabis which is harmful drugs have to be refined. Alcohol must go through a distillery similar to Coke and heroin. 

It is easy to see the effects of harmful drugs on society, Look at the rates of drink driving and assault motivated purely by alcoholic rage. I agree that most alcohol consumers are kind, but so are the majority of coke users, they just don't tell you they use the substance. 

In my opinion, It should be a crime to illegalize any natural substance due to its presence being proof that its existence is harmonious and most likely beneficial to our ecosystem. 

In conclusion, Please do whatever you can to help legalize Cannabis, too many innocent lives are ruined by the countries stern anti-cannbis laws and whos ambitions are crushed by the people who promised better chances. No Victim No Crime.

P.S. Please visit http://www.phoenixtears.ca/article/resources/links/granny-s-list/grannys-list.html It lists all of the scientific studies into the effects of Cannabis. 

P.P.S Im very proud of that source, there is so much evidence it is ludicrous to doubt the medical benefits of Cannabis anymore,

Why is this idea important?

 

Quite frankly, i'm shocked with society, the way people are forced to be materialistic and promote the destruction of the planet all for this precious 'profit'. I'm not a naturist but as Joe Rogan said, 'If an alien looked at earth and saw western civilization from space, it would look identical to a living organism infected with cancer.' Industrialization is like any other substance, best in moderation. 

Although, not all is bad, there is such a plant which has unprecedented potential. From clothing to food, Medicine to bio-fuel or simply using it for recreational purposes. Cannabis is quite literally a fuel for life. Furthermore there is a clear difference between harmful drugs such as Coke Heroin and Alcohol compared to cannabis which is harmful drugs have to be refined. Alcohol must go through a distillery similar to Coke and heroin. 

It is easy to see the effects of harmful drugs on society, Look at the rates of drink driving and assault motivated purely by alcoholic rage. I agree that most alcohol consumers are kind, but so are the majority of coke users, they just don't tell you they use the substance. 

In my opinion, It should be a crime to illegalize any natural substance due to its presence being proof that its existence is harmonious and most likely beneficial to our ecosystem. 

In conclusion, Please do whatever you can to help legalize Cannabis, too many innocent lives are ruined by the countries stern anti-cannbis laws and whos ambitions are crushed by the people who promised better chances. No Victim No Crime.

P.S. Please visit http://www.phoenixtears.ca/article/resources/links/granny-s-list/grannys-list.html It lists all of the scientific studies into the effects of Cannabis. 

P.P.S Im very proud of that source, there is so much evidence it is ludicrous to doubt the medical benefits of Cannabis anymore,

Pros and Cons; decriminalising Cannabis.

We do need to begin by admitting what is overlooked; this country is signed up to a UN resolution that treats Cannabis as a narcotic substance alongside all the rest. So the idea that it can just be legalised is a bit of a red herring.

The decrim option would be the one any government would act upon – if only to avoid UN sanctions. Oh yes, that's the alternative. It also gives that government the option of – still – arresting people for any level of possession. So that's a win for the government.

Negatives to retaining Illegality

  • Police, courts and prisons have lots of work. We might have to make some of the people in these services redundant in the event of decrim, with the concomittant enormous payouts for redundancy.
  • Organised crime continue to make huge profits from illegality, while only the smallest fish get caught and punished. NORML (North American Organisation for the Repeal of Marijuana Legislation) estimated in the mid-90's that just the weekend market for Cannabis in the UK was worth £2-3 billion a year. Now, that has to be worth, conservatively, £3-4 billion a year. All going to organised crime gangs, and mostly, no doubt, leaving the country.
  • Continuing treatment of otherwise law-abiding citizens as a criminal element. This also plays into the hands of the Police, Courts and Prisons. I would like to know what percentage of prison inmates are there due to Cannabis convictions.
  • Third world farmers denied a real cash crop in favour of those that make little or no profit. Most farmers out in South America and Africa use cash profits to send their kids to school, so this illegality also contributes towards keeping them uneducated and in a very difficult position as regards lifting themselves out of poverty.
  • No controls over quality of "product" reaching users; note recent stories of Skunk being adulterated with ground glass. This appears to be quite acceptable to governments.
  • No tax revenue, even though this would largely not be possible under a decrim system; how do you tax what is borderline illegal?

Positives to retaining Illegality

  • It keeps the incidence of mental illness the same as it has always been, apparently, although the evidence to suggest that Cannabis in any form is detrimental to health is debatable and often countered by evidence to suggest that it's many chemical compounds can be beneficial to health.
  • General health (smoking anything is the single worse thing you can do for your health, I believe it's generally agreed) consistency.

OK, I'm sure I haven't covered all the bases there, but it's a big fuzzy picture. Now what of the positives to decrim, since we are not permitted to fully legalise?

Negatives to Decrim

  • Smoking is very bad for your health!
  • Possible greater incidence of mental health problems, although anecdotal evidence suggests that even after the introduction of much stronger hybridised versions of the original plant, incidence of mental health problems has remained constant, thereby logically arguing that decrim would make no difference.

There must be some others, but that's all I can think of.

Positives to Decrim

  • Take profits out of the hands of organised crime gangs – passes it on to those 3rd world farmers, giving them the means to work and educate themselves out of poverty.
  • Allows for quality control systems.
  • Ends criminalisation of thousands of people every year, with the side effects dampened or removed completely; if you work in education particularly, but also in a number of other fields, you lose your job and get a criminal record for no apparent justifiable reason – which also means you probably lose your home and in these days of Social Service interference at almost every level, probably your kids too. They don't need much excuse, let's face it.
  • Removes an immeasurable amount of stress from many thousands who use Cannabis, but are constantly looking over their shoulders. If you really want to know why Cannabis makes its users paranoid, it's not the drug does that; it's the stupid law that doesn't allow people to put into their own bodies what they want to.
  • For those wishing to grow their own at home, or those wishing to grow for commercial purposes, the Fire Service could come and issue Certificates of Safety on growlight setups – as opposed to the present, where those self-same criminal gangs will illegally tap into electrical supplies, Heath-Robinson rig up unsafe lighting systems and just grow it anyway. It's illegal, what's the big deal in stealing electricity on top?
  • Sufferers from Cancer, AIDS, Glaucoma and certain forms of depression – again, amongst a number of other illnesses – would at least not have to approach the criminal gangs – as they have to at the moment – and be charged a fortune for a consistent supply. It would also permit much greater medical research into the positive health benefits of Cannabis.
  • Industrial uses; Hemp has been used for thousands of years for a multitude of industrial and consumer products. It is said to produce better grade bioethanol than any other plant. Hemp seed makes highly nutritious feedcake for farm animals. Hemp oil has, again, anecdotal evidence for having extreme anti-cancer properties. It makes excellent quality paper and the kind of denim jeans that you can leave to your grandchildren. The US Department of Agriculture made a conscious decision during WW2 to permit the large-scale cultivation of Hemp in order to provide these and other items, not least of which is hemp rope, from where the UK county of Hampshire gets its name. It is part of our History and part of our victory over the Axis powers. This is another aspect of Cannabis that is denied and, Stalin-like, expunged from History.
  • Finally, how many jobs could be created? And of course, following on from that, how much money could the government rake in just by charging a nominal fee for a licence to grow, or distribute, or sell, or import, never mind the tax lost by not being permitted to legalise completely?

You may wish to check out these links:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/apr/07/drugs-policy-legalisation-report

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne9UF-pFhJY

http://www.alternet.org/economy/146151/not_feeling_well_perhaps_you%27re_%27marijuana_deficient%27

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7495724/Biggest-cannabis-ring-left-money-to-rot.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rgDyEO_8cI&feature=related

http://www.release.org.uk/nicepeopletakedrugs/deck-of-cards/

Why is this idea important?

We do need to begin by admitting what is overlooked; this country is signed up to a UN resolution that treats Cannabis as a narcotic substance alongside all the rest. So the idea that it can just be legalised is a bit of a red herring.

The decrim option would be the one any government would act upon – if only to avoid UN sanctions. Oh yes, that's the alternative. It also gives that government the option of – still – arresting people for any level of possession. So that's a win for the government.

Negatives to retaining Illegality

  • Police, courts and prisons have lots of work. We might have to make some of the people in these services redundant in the event of decrim, with the concomittant enormous payouts for redundancy.
  • Organised crime continue to make huge profits from illegality, while only the smallest fish get caught and punished. NORML (North American Organisation for the Repeal of Marijuana Legislation) estimated in the mid-90's that just the weekend market for Cannabis in the UK was worth £2-3 billion a year. Now, that has to be worth, conservatively, £3-4 billion a year. All going to organised crime gangs, and mostly, no doubt, leaving the country.
  • Continuing treatment of otherwise law-abiding citizens as a criminal element. This also plays into the hands of the Police, Courts and Prisons. I would like to know what percentage of prison inmates are there due to Cannabis convictions.
  • Third world farmers denied a real cash crop in favour of those that make little or no profit. Most farmers out in South America and Africa use cash profits to send their kids to school, so this illegality also contributes towards keeping them uneducated and in a very difficult position as regards lifting themselves out of poverty.
  • No controls over quality of "product" reaching users; note recent stories of Skunk being adulterated with ground glass. This appears to be quite acceptable to governments.
  • No tax revenue, even though this would largely not be possible under a decrim system; how do you tax what is borderline illegal?

Positives to retaining Illegality

  • It keeps the incidence of mental illness the same as it has always been, apparently, although the evidence to suggest that Cannabis in any form is detrimental to health is debatable and often countered by evidence to suggest that it's many chemical compounds can be beneficial to health.
  • General health (smoking anything is the single worse thing you can do for your health, I believe it's generally agreed) consistency.

OK, I'm sure I haven't covered all the bases there, but it's a big fuzzy picture. Now what of the positives to decrim, since we are not permitted to fully legalise?

Negatives to Decrim

  • Smoking is very bad for your health!
  • Possible greater incidence of mental health problems, although anecdotal evidence suggests that even after the introduction of much stronger hybridised versions of the original plant, incidence of mental health problems has remained constant, thereby logically arguing that decrim would make no difference.

There must be some others, but that's all I can think of.

Positives to Decrim

  • Take profits out of the hands of organised crime gangs – passes it on to those 3rd world farmers, giving them the means to work and educate themselves out of poverty.
  • Allows for quality control systems.
  • Ends criminalisation of thousands of people every year, with the side effects dampened or removed completely; if you work in education particularly, but also in a number of other fields, you lose your job and get a criminal record for no apparent justifiable reason – which also means you probably lose your home and in these days of Social Service interference at almost every level, probably your kids too. They don't need much excuse, let's face it.
  • Removes an immeasurable amount of stress from many thousands who use Cannabis, but are constantly looking over their shoulders. If you really want to know why Cannabis makes its users paranoid, it's not the drug does that; it's the stupid law that doesn't allow people to put into their own bodies what they want to.
  • For those wishing to grow their own at home, or those wishing to grow for commercial purposes, the Fire Service could come and issue Certificates of Safety on growlight setups – as opposed to the present, where those self-same criminal gangs will illegally tap into electrical supplies, Heath-Robinson rig up unsafe lighting systems and just grow it anyway. It's illegal, what's the big deal in stealing electricity on top?
  • Sufferers from Cancer, AIDS, Glaucoma and certain forms of depression – again, amongst a number of other illnesses – would at least not have to approach the criminal gangs – as they have to at the moment – and be charged a fortune for a consistent supply. It would also permit much greater medical research into the positive health benefits of Cannabis.
  • Industrial uses; Hemp has been used for thousands of years for a multitude of industrial and consumer products. It is said to produce better grade bioethanol than any other plant. Hemp seed makes highly nutritious feedcake for farm animals. Hemp oil has, again, anecdotal evidence for having extreme anti-cancer properties. It makes excellent quality paper and the kind of denim jeans that you can leave to your grandchildren. The US Department of Agriculture made a conscious decision during WW2 to permit the large-scale cultivation of Hemp in order to provide these and other items, not least of which is hemp rope, from where the UK county of Hampshire gets its name. It is part of our History and part of our victory over the Axis powers. This is another aspect of Cannabis that is denied and, Stalin-like, expunged from History.
  • Finally, how many jobs could be created? And of course, following on from that, how much money could the government rake in just by charging a nominal fee for a licence to grow, or distribute, or sell, or import, never mind the tax lost by not being permitted to legalise completely?

You may wish to check out these links:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/apr/07/drugs-policy-legalisation-report

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne9UF-pFhJY

http://www.alternet.org/economy/146151/not_feeling_well_perhaps_you%27re_%27marijuana_deficient%27

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7495724/Biggest-cannabis-ring-left-money-to-rot.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rgDyEO_8cI&feature=related

http://www.release.org.uk/nicepeopletakedrugs/deck-of-cards/

Decriminalise Cannabis and Hemp growth – watch this documentary please

The Union. This Canadian documentary was going to be ANTI-Cannabis.  After two years of research and lots of hard work they found the real truth. Interviews with Doctors, Medical Professors, Biologists, Former Police and Politicians – a must watch.

You tell me I cannot grow and smoke a natural plant that grows out of the ground and has been used for thousands of years? This is ridiculous and is a clear breach of human rights as well as civil liberties.

The fact that in the UK now in a secret location, there is a drug company that are trying to synthesis cannabis just so they can put it in a pill and sell it.  This quite frankly is SICK.  If your Doctor was able to recommend a plant, where would the pharmaceutical companies be then?

Look at the facts, tell me how many people have ever died due to cannabis use? compare this number with the thousands of people who have died abusing and using the far more dangerous drugs of Alcohol and Tobacco.

Look at the prohibition of Alcohol, did that work?

This unjustified war on drugs has gone on too long, just because Nixion didn't want a Vietnam war protest – arrest the pot smoking protesters = no protest.

The prohibition of Hemp was tied in with Cannabis as the people who decided the laws had shares in timber companies.  Funny that hemp creates better, stronger paper for a quarter of the price! Not to mention over 60,000 other uses including bio-fuels. 

 

Why is this idea important?

The Union. This Canadian documentary was going to be ANTI-Cannabis.  After two years of research and lots of hard work they found the real truth. Interviews with Doctors, Medical Professors, Biologists, Former Police and Politicians – a must watch.

You tell me I cannot grow and smoke a natural plant that grows out of the ground and has been used for thousands of years? This is ridiculous and is a clear breach of human rights as well as civil liberties.

The fact that in the UK now in a secret location, there is a drug company that are trying to synthesis cannabis just so they can put it in a pill and sell it.  This quite frankly is SICK.  If your Doctor was able to recommend a plant, where would the pharmaceutical companies be then?

Look at the facts, tell me how many people have ever died due to cannabis use? compare this number with the thousands of people who have died abusing and using the far more dangerous drugs of Alcohol and Tobacco.

Look at the prohibition of Alcohol, did that work?

This unjustified war on drugs has gone on too long, just because Nixion didn't want a Vietnam war protest – arrest the pot smoking protesters = no protest.

The prohibition of Hemp was tied in with Cannabis as the people who decided the laws had shares in timber companies.  Funny that hemp creates better, stronger paper for a quarter of the price! Not to mention over 60,000 other uses including bio-fuels. 

 

Cannabis stalks clean up oil spills

Ive just read that "Using hemp core as an absorbent for oil spills" is the environmental plus dies of cannabis not a plus for society – pass an emergency act and get farmers growing ready to soak up bp's mistake!

Why is this idea important?

Ive just read that "Using hemp core as an absorbent for oil spills" is the environmental plus dies of cannabis not a plus for society – pass an emergency act and get farmers growing ready to soak up bp's mistake!

Make drugs legal to own and produce but illegal to trade

There are many ideas on here relating to drug prohibition, what im suggested may be looked at by many as simply a repeat but I feel it is something new.

 

I do not believe drugs are the problem in society, its the trade itself and the crime it funds.

My proposal is to make personal consumption of drugs legal but the trade illegal, maybe with even more severe punishments than currently exist. For example, if a guy is caught on the street corner with a variety of drugs in large quantities (clearly a dealer) then he gets put inside for a long time. On the other hand if John Smith is found to have four cannabis plants in his garden and caught having a smoke, he is well within his rights. I feel the same should apply to all drugs in this sense, people can grow their own mushrooms, if they want opium let them grow their own poppies and do so.

It may be a harder system to put in place, which is why i feel more severe punishments should be used for dealers, importers, and people who profit form the drug trade. Police drug crime units would still exist and get the satisfaction of busting Cocaine wharehouses, drug cartels wouldnt be getting their money, but the citizens of Britain who wish to have the freedom they deserve can do what they please as an individual

Why is this idea important?

There are many ideas on here relating to drug prohibition, what im suggested may be looked at by many as simply a repeat but I feel it is something new.

 

I do not believe drugs are the problem in society, its the trade itself and the crime it funds.

My proposal is to make personal consumption of drugs legal but the trade illegal, maybe with even more severe punishments than currently exist. For example, if a guy is caught on the street corner with a variety of drugs in large quantities (clearly a dealer) then he gets put inside for a long time. On the other hand if John Smith is found to have four cannabis plants in his garden and caught having a smoke, he is well within his rights. I feel the same should apply to all drugs in this sense, people can grow their own mushrooms, if they want opium let them grow their own poppies and do so.

It may be a harder system to put in place, which is why i feel more severe punishments should be used for dealers, importers, and people who profit form the drug trade. Police drug crime units would still exist and get the satisfaction of busting Cocaine wharehouses, drug cartels wouldnt be getting their money, but the citizens of Britain who wish to have the freedom they deserve can do what they please as an individual

Mathematical reasoning – RE: Cannabis Legalisation

133 posts in 5 days (site opened 01/07/2010) on the subject of the legalisation of cannabis of which 97% agree with the motion.

97% of 133 = 129.01. Therefore, we will assume a pro-lobby post total of 129.

129 (posts) / 5 (days) = 25.8 average (posts a day)

Average of 12 replies per post of which over 99% agree with the motion.

Therefore, 12 (users per topic posting replies) x 129 (original posts) = 1,548 (average pro -motion advocates) + 129 (Pro-motion original posters) = 1,677 Pro-motion users, average.

1,677 (Pro-motion users) / 5 (days) =  335 new pro-motion users a day, average.

335 (pro-motion users a day) x 365 (days a year) = 9,460 original pro-motion posts/ replies a year by mostly individuals numbering the same.

9,460 (posts / users per year) x 1,677 (pro-motion users) = 122,275 pro-motion users a year.

122,275 (annual pro-motion users) / 60,000,000 (UK population) = above 2 % of our national population! Of course, that's only annual average of those that visit this site to join the call for legalisation.

Taking the number of individuals who have bothered to post here into account and applying a reasonable average, one could assume that for each of the 122,275 annual pro-lobby posters here there will be 100 similar minded individuals who won't visit this site.

Therefore: 122,275 x 100 = 12,227,500 probable adult cannabis users or pro-lobbyist's in the UK. That's 20% of our national population.

Lets say that each user spends an average of £30.00 a week on supporting their habit, which currently goes to the black market.

£30 x 12,227,500 = £360,000,000.00 Annual revenue which could (should) be diverted towards growing British business and emboldening our dwindling economy in general.

Now, the good bit if you're a politician / law maker: Say tax on cannabis would be similar to that of alcoholic spirits. That's 17.5% VAT + 5.5% alcoholic spirit tax = 23%

23% of £360,000,000 =  £82,800,000 in annual tax revenue through usage alone without calculating other additional income such as tourism, GDP,entertainment and other particulars.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

133 posts in 5 days (site opened 01/07/2010) on the subject of the legalisation of cannabis of which 97% agree with the motion.

97% of 133 = 129.01. Therefore, we will assume a pro-lobby post total of 129.

129 (posts) / 5 (days) = 25.8 average (posts a day)

Average of 12 replies per post of which over 99% agree with the motion.

Therefore, 12 (users per topic posting replies) x 129 (original posts) = 1,548 (average pro -motion advocates) + 129 (Pro-motion original posters) = 1,677 Pro-motion users, average.

1,677 (Pro-motion users) / 5 (days) =  335 new pro-motion users a day, average.

335 (pro-motion users a day) x 365 (days a year) = 9,460 original pro-motion posts/ replies a year by mostly individuals numbering the same.

9,460 (posts / users per year) x 1,677 (pro-motion users) = 122,275 pro-motion users a year.

122,275 (annual pro-motion users) / 60,000,000 (UK population) = above 2 % of our national population! Of course, that's only annual average of those that visit this site to join the call for legalisation.

Taking the number of individuals who have bothered to post here into account and applying a reasonable average, one could assume that for each of the 122,275 annual pro-lobby posters here there will be 100 similar minded individuals who won't visit this site.

Therefore: 122,275 x 100 = 12,227,500 probable adult cannabis users or pro-lobbyist's in the UK. That's 20% of our national population.

Lets say that each user spends an average of £30.00 a week on supporting their habit, which currently goes to the black market.

£30 x 12,227,500 = £360,000,000.00 Annual revenue which could (should) be diverted towards growing British business and emboldening our dwindling economy in general.

Now, the good bit if you're a politician / law maker: Say tax on cannabis would be similar to that of alcoholic spirits. That's 17.5% VAT + 5.5% alcoholic spirit tax = 23%

23% of £360,000,000 =  £82,800,000 in annual tax revenue through usage alone without calculating other additional income such as tourism, GDP,entertainment and other particulars.

 

 

herbal highs

I have a shop in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre that sells "herbal highs" and i feel that instead of banning them they should welcome them. When I first opened four years ago i had a range of party pills which contained the now banned substance BZB or piperazines. There were no reported deaths or indeed bad side affects attributed to these products. In fact after the research I did on them I would have happily preffered my own children to experiment with them rather than take the risk of trying street drugs which are cut with some really nasty things such as ketamine and heroin. A lot of kids want to experiment with drugs at some point and these herbal highs were a safer alternative for them if they felt they had to take anything. BANNING THINGS OUTRIGHT DOES NOT MAKE THEM GO AWAY!!! At least when they were being sold in the shops my staff would not sell them to youngsters under the age of 18 and even if they did find their way to underage kids at least they were safe.  They were no where near as strong or dangerous as the latest batch of "herbals" which have recently had, and quite rightly,  bad press. What the government fails to see is that there is a huge demand for these products and not from your local "smackheads" or junkies but from respectable people from all walks of life, indeed the hard drug users who use street drugs are not interested in the herbals as they dont believe they are  as strong as the street versions. I have many customers who used the cannibanoids found in products such as the Spice incense blends to help them relax after a hard day at the office. I myself have used it to help me to sleep and I do not define myself as a drug user or a menace to society. Now that Spice etc is banned the only place I could find anything similar is to go walking the streets for a bone fide drug dealer and that is something I am not prepared to do…I am NOT a criminal. If the government had left the BZP party products alone they would not be in the mess they are in now. There is such a demand for recreational enhancers  that no matter what  they ban, there will ALWAYS be something new brought to the market. If the BZP's had been left alone no one would have ever heard of Methadrone or naphyrone, meow meow or woof woof. Every time a substance is banned the dealers on the streets know there is a demand and they can still get their hands on the substances and sell them for treble the price and the problem is back out on the streets where I do believe you don't want it!!!. Plant feeders were found in many herbal party pills that have been sold for over three years with no bad press or deaths associated to them. They were made and sold by reputable companies in safe doses, it was only when the pure product found its way onto the shelves that the dangers of high doses of the drug was realised. Now that Methadrone in ALL forms has been banned the government has basically opened the door for stronger and much more dangerous products which will no doubt be banned in the very near future and the cycle will continue. The government is making this a much more difficult problem that it should have ever been but they are so blind they cannot see it. Police it properly, tax it if necassary but please don't just ban things because you think the problems will go away. You are sending the people and their cash back onto the streets where you didnt want it in the first place, I am sorry but that is something I just cannot understand!! You are actually helping the illegal traffic of drugs!!!  Allow reputable dealers to sell the products, just like off lisences, if anyone is found selling to underage people then fine them, prosecute them and make them pay or close them down. Repeal the ban on BZP products and you will find that the demand for these new strong drugs will subside. Most people do not want extra strong substances that are dangerous and if they can find something that gives them the small lift they are looking for it will at least half the problems you are having now. The only people you are helping are the drug dealers on the street

Why is this idea important?

I have a shop in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre that sells "herbal highs" and i feel that instead of banning them they should welcome them. When I first opened four years ago i had a range of party pills which contained the now banned substance BZB or piperazines. There were no reported deaths or indeed bad side affects attributed to these products. In fact after the research I did on them I would have happily preffered my own children to experiment with them rather than take the risk of trying street drugs which are cut with some really nasty things such as ketamine and heroin. A lot of kids want to experiment with drugs at some point and these herbal highs were a safer alternative for them if they felt they had to take anything. BANNING THINGS OUTRIGHT DOES NOT MAKE THEM GO AWAY!!! At least when they were being sold in the shops my staff would not sell them to youngsters under the age of 18 and even if they did find their way to underage kids at least they were safe.  They were no where near as strong or dangerous as the latest batch of "herbals" which have recently had, and quite rightly,  bad press. What the government fails to see is that there is a huge demand for these products and not from your local "smackheads" or junkies but from respectable people from all walks of life, indeed the hard drug users who use street drugs are not interested in the herbals as they dont believe they are  as strong as the street versions. I have many customers who used the cannibanoids found in products such as the Spice incense blends to help them relax after a hard day at the office. I myself have used it to help me to sleep and I do not define myself as a drug user or a menace to society. Now that Spice etc is banned the only place I could find anything similar is to go walking the streets for a bone fide drug dealer and that is something I am not prepared to do…I am NOT a criminal. If the government had left the BZP party products alone they would not be in the mess they are in now. There is such a demand for recreational enhancers  that no matter what  they ban, there will ALWAYS be something new brought to the market. If the BZP's had been left alone no one would have ever heard of Methadrone or naphyrone, meow meow or woof woof. Every time a substance is banned the dealers on the streets know there is a demand and they can still get their hands on the substances and sell them for treble the price and the problem is back out on the streets where I do believe you don't want it!!!. Plant feeders were found in many herbal party pills that have been sold for over three years with no bad press or deaths associated to them. They were made and sold by reputable companies in safe doses, it was only when the pure product found its way onto the shelves that the dangers of high doses of the drug was realised. Now that Methadrone in ALL forms has been banned the government has basically opened the door for stronger and much more dangerous products which will no doubt be banned in the very near future and the cycle will continue. The government is making this a much more difficult problem that it should have ever been but they are so blind they cannot see it. Police it properly, tax it if necassary but please don't just ban things because you think the problems will go away. You are sending the people and their cash back onto the streets where you didnt want it in the first place, I am sorry but that is something I just cannot understand!! You are actually helping the illegal traffic of drugs!!!  Allow reputable dealers to sell the products, just like off lisences, if anyone is found selling to underage people then fine them, prosecute them and make them pay or close them down. Repeal the ban on BZP products and you will find that the demand for these new strong drugs will subside. Most people do not want extra strong substances that are dangerous and if they can find something that gives them the small lift they are looking for it will at least half the problems you are having now. The only people you are helping are the drug dealers on the street

legalization and industrialization of cannabis/hemp

to end percicution against cannabis hemp users :medical users,social/recreational users.

allowing people to grow there own plants (for personal use)

to have the government grow there own plant production

also to have the government put forward jobs via cannabis hemp production to eliminate unemployment and end recession and pay defficate

cannabis/hemp can be used for:

fuel

fiber

fabrics

medicine

livestock feed

human food

plastics

there are over 1000 applications for the use of cannabis hemp all of them possitive

legalize and lets begin to live

Why is this idea important?

to end percicution against cannabis hemp users :medical users,social/recreational users.

allowing people to grow there own plants (for personal use)

to have the government grow there own plant production

also to have the government put forward jobs via cannabis hemp production to eliminate unemployment and end recession and pay defficate

cannabis/hemp can be used for:

fuel

fiber

fabrics

medicine

livestock feed

human food

plastics

there are over 1000 applications for the use of cannabis hemp all of them possitive

legalize and lets begin to live

Increase the maximum percentage of tetrahydracanibinol in hemp/cannabis.

The exploration of hemp as a natural resource seems to have gone untouched for sometime as it is too risky a commodity to purchase and hold when the maximum THC content allowed by law is quite low. The government could benefit from legalizing the sale of hemp cigarettes in controlled doses that are higher than the maximum THC percentage allowed, but still much lower than the THC content of the 'skunk' variety of marijuana that can be purchased from drug dealers. Cannabis is often called a 'gateway drug', meaning that people who smoke it are more likely to go on to experiment with harder drugs. This may be, but I can't help but wonder the extent to which that 'gateway' is facilitated merely by the fact that "drugs", whether they be hard drugs like heroine and cocaine, or soft drugs like marijuana, are sold by drug dealers. I imagine it's like going into the supermarket just to get milk. If you have to walk past everything else to get to the milk, you rarely come out with just milk.

I'm confident that low grade cannabis can be grown and processed quickly and effectively on existing land and in the current climate. I would suggest a nationalised project creating employment opportunities for farmers, florists, factory workers and managers. The existing industry of hemp clothing and apparel could then source their hemp from British farmers, and a taboo new tobacco alternative (maybe you can give me a figure of how many people die per annum due to cannabis use?) for which the government recieves the revenue (if it is nationalised) AND the VAT, as well as earning good favour with the people by creating employment, might be good for the economy.

Hemp is currently used in personal hygeine products that are sold in the UK, but I would be surprised to find that it is grown or processed here. I have read that hemp can also be used for the nutritional value of the seeds, used as building material, the shives used for animal bedding and horticultural mulch, fibres used as textile materials and it can also apparantly be used to make biofuel. This means that every part of the plant can be used and wastage should be very minimal. The hemp industry that already operates in this country will have the opportunity to reduce it's carbon footprint by sourcing locally, and the government will have the opportunity to reduce the debt crisis by making some money out of being the ones growing and selling all the hemp!

Why is this idea important?

The exploration of hemp as a natural resource seems to have gone untouched for sometime as it is too risky a commodity to purchase and hold when the maximum THC content allowed by law is quite low. The government could benefit from legalizing the sale of hemp cigarettes in controlled doses that are higher than the maximum THC percentage allowed, but still much lower than the THC content of the 'skunk' variety of marijuana that can be purchased from drug dealers. Cannabis is often called a 'gateway drug', meaning that people who smoke it are more likely to go on to experiment with harder drugs. This may be, but I can't help but wonder the extent to which that 'gateway' is facilitated merely by the fact that "drugs", whether they be hard drugs like heroine and cocaine, or soft drugs like marijuana, are sold by drug dealers. I imagine it's like going into the supermarket just to get milk. If you have to walk past everything else to get to the milk, you rarely come out with just milk.

I'm confident that low grade cannabis can be grown and processed quickly and effectively on existing land and in the current climate. I would suggest a nationalised project creating employment opportunities for farmers, florists, factory workers and managers. The existing industry of hemp clothing and apparel could then source their hemp from British farmers, and a taboo new tobacco alternative (maybe you can give me a figure of how many people die per annum due to cannabis use?) for which the government recieves the revenue (if it is nationalised) AND the VAT, as well as earning good favour with the people by creating employment, might be good for the economy.

Hemp is currently used in personal hygeine products that are sold in the UK, but I would be surprised to find that it is grown or processed here. I have read that hemp can also be used for the nutritional value of the seeds, used as building material, the shives used for animal bedding and horticultural mulch, fibres used as textile materials and it can also apparantly be used to make biofuel. This means that every part of the plant can be used and wastage should be very minimal. The hemp industry that already operates in this country will have the opportunity to reduce it's carbon footprint by sourcing locally, and the government will have the opportunity to reduce the debt crisis by making some money out of being the ones growing and selling all the hemp!