Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

The MDA1971 denies citizens equal property rights for certain people who use certain drugs.

The aim of the MDA1971 is to ameliorate the harms of certain drugs on individuals and society. An impact assessment of this Act has never been carried out. The Act remains rooted in historical and cultural precedents which bear no resemblance to the scientific reality. No law should ever be based upon such precedents.

The Act has caused untold damage to millions of individual's lives, communities and society as a whole. It has criminalised millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens for choosing to use certain drugs in a peaceful manner.

Drug users are afforded property rights over alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee; yet these very same rights are denied to users of other drugs, purely for historical and cultural reasons. The current situation is one where 'legal' implies that a drug is 'OK', but 'illegal' equates to 'not OK'; within the context of comparing cannabis with alcohol the implication is extremely damaging. It undermines any important public health messages that need to be made. The prohibition of certain drugs places a blanket of silence over them, preventing any meaningful discussion or debate about the health implications of using these drugs either alone or in combination with others.

It also dilutes the most important message of all: that we must distinguish between drug use and drug misuse.

Why is this idea important?

The MDA1971 denies citizens equal property rights for certain people who use certain drugs.

The aim of the MDA1971 is to ameliorate the harms of certain drugs on individuals and society. An impact assessment of this Act has never been carried out. The Act remains rooted in historical and cultural precedents which bear no resemblance to the scientific reality. No law should ever be based upon such precedents.

The Act has caused untold damage to millions of individual's lives, communities and society as a whole. It has criminalised millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens for choosing to use certain drugs in a peaceful manner.

Drug users are afforded property rights over alcohol, tobacco, tea and coffee; yet these very same rights are denied to users of other drugs, purely for historical and cultural reasons. The current situation is one where 'legal' implies that a drug is 'OK', but 'illegal' equates to 'not OK'; within the context of comparing cannabis with alcohol the implication is extremely damaging. It undermines any important public health messages that need to be made. The prohibition of certain drugs places a blanket of silence over them, preventing any meaningful discussion or debate about the health implications of using these drugs either alone or in combination with others.

It also dilutes the most important message of all: that we must distinguish between drug use and drug misuse.

afghanistan cannabis

Some people like myself who can not take alcohol in a responsible manner take cannabis.

I work full time and pay my taxes and have not had a day off with illness for many years.

I hate having to hand over my money to fund criminal activity just so i can have a joint to relax and stop the pain of a dislocating shoulder and bad back.

My idea, like most, is to decriminalise cannabis but I have a solution on how to supply the market and solve the problem of the poppy farmers in Afghanistan. The farmers could grow the cannabis, the UK could buy it to supply the cannabis shops in England hence creating alot of jobs in the UK. People like myself would know our money was going back into the UK economy and would help the Afghan farmers (& their government) with a sustainable crop.

An age limit could be applied, the illegal market for cannabis would dry up and we would be able to smoke some nice black which would also stop alot of the very potent " skunk " strains from causing people problems.

 

Why is this idea important?

Some people like myself who can not take alcohol in a responsible manner take cannabis.

I work full time and pay my taxes and have not had a day off with illness for many years.

I hate having to hand over my money to fund criminal activity just so i can have a joint to relax and stop the pain of a dislocating shoulder and bad back.

My idea, like most, is to decriminalise cannabis but I have a solution on how to supply the market and solve the problem of the poppy farmers in Afghanistan. The farmers could grow the cannabis, the UK could buy it to supply the cannabis shops in England hence creating alot of jobs in the UK. People like myself would know our money was going back into the UK economy and would help the Afghan farmers (& their government) with a sustainable crop.

An age limit could be applied, the illegal market for cannabis would dry up and we would be able to smoke some nice black which would also stop alot of the very potent " skunk " strains from causing people problems.

 

Cannabis legalisation

When John Stuart Mill wrote 'On Liberty', he argued that a government should only involve itself in the personal affairs of an individual if they were harming another citizen. It is by this harm principle that believe that cannabis prohibition should end in this country. It is an unfair policy which criminalises those who use the drug, turning normal people into criminals, purely because they use a cannabis, a drug which research has shown to help such illness's as Alzheimer's disease, preventing lung cancer, helping brain cancer and many other such illness's. It is an individuals right to choose for his or herself what is best for themselves. 

I propose,

1.personal possession of cannabis decriminalised 

2.an individual will be able to grow up to three cannabis plants for personal use

3.That cannabis sold in a commercial setting should be regulated, a minimum age to buy it and a sin tax attached. 

Why is this idea important?

When John Stuart Mill wrote 'On Liberty', he argued that a government should only involve itself in the personal affairs of an individual if they were harming another citizen. It is by this harm principle that believe that cannabis prohibition should end in this country. It is an unfair policy which criminalises those who use the drug, turning normal people into criminals, purely because they use a cannabis, a drug which research has shown to help such illness's as Alzheimer's disease, preventing lung cancer, helping brain cancer and many other such illness's. It is an individuals right to choose for his or herself what is best for themselves. 

I propose,

1.personal possession of cannabis decriminalised 

2.an individual will be able to grow up to three cannabis plants for personal use

3.That cannabis sold in a commercial setting should be regulated, a minimum age to buy it and a sin tax attached. 

End Cannabis prohibition

The argument for the legalisation of cannabis has been repeated ad nauseum on this site, i dont believe i am even required to adumbrate the vast plethora of favourable evidence weighted behind my title. Conversely, i am yet to see any reputable counter points made. If the current government will insist on the continued criminalisation of a huge number of inoccent tax paying UK citizens it should at least engage in open, informed debate on the subject, preferably in a public forum allowing for expert input. It would be a huge step forward to accept informed logic and discourse as opposed to the histerical pseudo journalistic rantings of the fascist soft porn comic tabloid press. 

Why is this idea important?

The argument for the legalisation of cannabis has been repeated ad nauseum on this site, i dont believe i am even required to adumbrate the vast plethora of favourable evidence weighted behind my title. Conversely, i am yet to see any reputable counter points made. If the current government will insist on the continued criminalisation of a huge number of inoccent tax paying UK citizens it should at least engage in open, informed debate on the subject, preferably in a public forum allowing for expert input. It would be a huge step forward to accept informed logic and discourse as opposed to the histerical pseudo journalistic rantings of the fascist soft porn comic tabloid press. 

Legalise cannabis

I think cannabis should have been legalised, taxed and regulated a long time ago, it makes absolutely no sense what so ever that drugs like alcohol and tobacco are legal but cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. But when you look at the deaths from cannabis a different sort of picture seems to come to mind, there are no deaths from cannabis ever.

Legalising cannabis would also mean it can be used for medical purposes much like america's current dispensary system where patients who need it can finally be able to use the medicine to treat their illness. Cannabis is used to treat: HIV, aids, multiple sclerosis and even prevents and cures cancer.

Also by having cannabis illegal it's making it easier for kids to get a hold of it. It's easier for kids to buy cannabis and other illegal drugs than buying tobacco or alcohol. If it was legal it should be sold to people 18+ keeping it away from children.

Industrial hemp, we could be using hemp for paper to save us cutting down trees, it's the strongest natural fibre in the world, you can eat hemp seeds as it contains all the essential amino acids, even using it for fuel, hemp is an amazing source for bio fuel and can also be used to make bio diesel.

And it would put an end to the failed cannabis prohibition that is currently going on, the prohibition has caused more harm than the cannabis it's self. Putting people in prison for drug posession is wrong, how can they be sent to prison for doing something that's not hurting anyone else.

Why is this idea important?

I think cannabis should have been legalised, taxed and regulated a long time ago, it makes absolutely no sense what so ever that drugs like alcohol and tobacco are legal but cause hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. But when you look at the deaths from cannabis a different sort of picture seems to come to mind, there are no deaths from cannabis ever.

Legalising cannabis would also mean it can be used for medical purposes much like america's current dispensary system where patients who need it can finally be able to use the medicine to treat their illness. Cannabis is used to treat: HIV, aids, multiple sclerosis and even prevents and cures cancer.

Also by having cannabis illegal it's making it easier for kids to get a hold of it. It's easier for kids to buy cannabis and other illegal drugs than buying tobacco or alcohol. If it was legal it should be sold to people 18+ keeping it away from children.

Industrial hemp, we could be using hemp for paper to save us cutting down trees, it's the strongest natural fibre in the world, you can eat hemp seeds as it contains all the essential amino acids, even using it for fuel, hemp is an amazing source for bio fuel and can also be used to make bio diesel.

And it would put an end to the failed cannabis prohibition that is currently going on, the prohibition has caused more harm than the cannabis it's self. Putting people in prison for drug posession is wrong, how can they be sent to prison for doing something that's not hurting anyone else.

Decriminalize minor drug offences .

Decriminalize minor drug offences and tax the sector with legal state run outlets , thereby freeing up the criminal justice system for more pressing areas , destroying areas of the illegal trade in drugs that involves huge public  expenditure  and is largely ineffective.

Renforcing driving laws and workplace checks will provide adequate safeguard against abuse and in the case of cannabis will all but prevent the use of this type of drug as it remains in the bloodstream for up to 30 days .

Why is this idea important?

Decriminalize minor drug offences and tax the sector with legal state run outlets , thereby freeing up the criminal justice system for more pressing areas , destroying areas of the illegal trade in drugs that involves huge public  expenditure  and is largely ineffective.

Renforcing driving laws and workplace checks will provide adequate safeguard against abuse and in the case of cannabis will all but prevent the use of this type of drug as it remains in the bloodstream for up to 30 days .

The Rational Triumvirate! Regulate – Educate – Revenue Generate (Legalise Cannabis/NHS Heroin/Decriminalised Possession of All Drugs)

The pursuit of liberty, deficit reduction and a safer society along the way…

Cannabis represents a massive commercial opportunity that up to now has only been available to organised crime. The jobs and tax revenues that would stem from a cafe culture would be a welcome addition to the legal economy, and by definition would be taking money and jobs from the criminal underworld.

Heroin is the most damaging of the illegal drugs. Registering addicts and giving them free heroin in clinics along with clean needles, safe doses and therapy, offers the best value for all of society. A vast amount of the theft and burglary in this country is due to acquisitive crime to fund a heroin addiction. This would virtually disappear with NHS heroin clinics.

We are currently in control (a bit) of the largest heroin producing nation in the world. Perhaps us purchasing the good from the farmers rather than the war lords might go some way to creating some jobs and stability in Afghanistan. There is also a global shortage of medical morphine which would represent a decent export for the country.

Decriminalising possession for personal use of all illegal drugs is simply an attempt to reduce our prison population and free the police from the burden of dealing with such a prevalent, yet victimless crime. It is a liberal and realistic approach to a problem that is not going to go away.

Why is this idea important?

The pursuit of liberty, deficit reduction and a safer society along the way…

Cannabis represents a massive commercial opportunity that up to now has only been available to organised crime. The jobs and tax revenues that would stem from a cafe culture would be a welcome addition to the legal economy, and by definition would be taking money and jobs from the criminal underworld.

Heroin is the most damaging of the illegal drugs. Registering addicts and giving them free heroin in clinics along with clean needles, safe doses and therapy, offers the best value for all of society. A vast amount of the theft and burglary in this country is due to acquisitive crime to fund a heroin addiction. This would virtually disappear with NHS heroin clinics.

We are currently in control (a bit) of the largest heroin producing nation in the world. Perhaps us purchasing the good from the farmers rather than the war lords might go some way to creating some jobs and stability in Afghanistan. There is also a global shortage of medical morphine which would represent a decent export for the country.

Decriminalising possession for personal use of all illegal drugs is simply an attempt to reduce our prison population and free the police from the burden of dealing with such a prevalent, yet victimless crime. It is a liberal and realistic approach to a problem that is not going to go away.

government should grow and sell cannabis in government owned shops.

I suggest the Government takes control of the cannabis market. 

Using the best technology and science you/we can grow the best herbal cannabis.  The Government can then open coffee shop style shops in which to sell the product. Thus keeping 100% profit. The product would also be taxed.  All of  which would result in millions of pounds being raised for the Uk economy.

AAlso millions would be saved in policing/court costs etc.

Millions of decent people would then have their civil liberties restored and be free to spend their money and time as they choose without the fear of being arrested.

The criminal gangs would lose millions of pounds and power and the opportunity to engage with normal people.

Tjobs would be created working in the shops and greenhouses, 

 

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Why is this idea important?

I suggest the Government takes control of the cannabis market. 

Using the best technology and science you/we can grow the best herbal cannabis.  The Government can then open coffee shop style shops in which to sell the product. Thus keeping 100% profit. The product would also be taxed.  All of  which would result in millions of pounds being raised for the Uk economy.

AAlso millions would be saved in policing/court costs etc.

Millions of decent people would then have their civil liberties restored and be free to spend their money and time as they choose without the fear of being arrested.

The criminal gangs would lose millions of pounds and power and the opportunity to engage with normal people.

Tjobs would be created working in the shops and greenhouses, 

 

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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

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.

Freedom to grow cannabis for personal use.

Freedom to grow and dry cannabis if it is

*for personal use only

*not for resale or supply to others

*not grown with propagation equipment and lights, but naturally

*the grower is over the age of 21

*in your own home or garden, and not on an allotment or public space, or someone else's land.

Why is this idea important?

Freedom to grow and dry cannabis if it is

*for personal use only

*not for resale or supply to others

*not grown with propagation equipment and lights, but naturally

*the grower is over the age of 21

*in your own home or garden, and not on an allotment or public space, or someone else's land.

Declassification of Psilocybin & Psilocin producing fungi (Magic Mushrooms)

 

Clearly magic mushrooms are a mind altering drug and so should not be abused or misused, just like alcohol should not and that's why there are many laws surrounding alcohol. Similar laws should be in place with magic mushrooms. Just like with alcohol there should be a minimum age for consumption, for example 18 years, to purchase or consume them. Just as with alcohol, only shops licenced to do so, should be allowed, protecting the consumer, and helping to fund the government in fighting real crime.

Mushrooms should also be grown solely by licenced growers who's premises are checked to ensure they are being grown in conditions without potentially harmful contaminants and that only licenced species of mushroom are being sold.

finally, they should come with warnings and education, just as with alcohol. Warnings for the side effects, people who should not consume them, how they should be taken and situations it might be unsafe etc.

 If all these measures were put into place, the government could have complete control of the situation, taking it out of the hands of criminals, educating people of the risks rather than ignoring them and allowing individuals to continue a practice that has gone on for over 11,000 years

Why is this idea important?

 

Clearly magic mushrooms are a mind altering drug and so should not be abused or misused, just like alcohol should not and that's why there are many laws surrounding alcohol. Similar laws should be in place with magic mushrooms. Just like with alcohol there should be a minimum age for consumption, for example 18 years, to purchase or consume them. Just as with alcohol, only shops licenced to do so, should be allowed, protecting the consumer, and helping to fund the government in fighting real crime.

Mushrooms should also be grown solely by licenced growers who's premises are checked to ensure they are being grown in conditions without potentially harmful contaminants and that only licenced species of mushroom are being sold.

finally, they should come with warnings and education, just as with alcohol. Warnings for the side effects, people who should not consume them, how they should be taken and situations it might be unsafe etc.

 If all these measures were put into place, the government could have complete control of the situation, taking it out of the hands of criminals, educating people of the risks rather than ignoring them and allowing individuals to continue a practice that has gone on for over 11,000 years

The Cannabis Goldmine: How legalization affects quality of life for all.

To improve the quality of life for all citizens of the United Kingdom by legalizing cannabis and having a dutch coffee shop style government regulated cannabis industry.

Why is this idea important?

To improve the quality of life for all citizens of the United Kingdom by legalizing cannabis and having a dutch coffee shop style government regulated cannabis industry.

stop contaminated cannabis on our streets

I speak as some one who has worked all be it on and off since i left school im no lay about, but i am a cannabis user because i have athuritus and cannabis is my only releif for a decent nights pain free sleep

cannabis on british streets is CONTAMINATED 9 times out of 10 when you buy a block of resin cannabis it is not even cannabis your buying its god knows what plastic, and chemicals and very little low quality cannabis if any atall.

i have came accross even herbal cannabis that is contaminated with glass from glass wool isulation, the pieces of glass being used to fool the user into thinking its THC crystals and the cannabis is high quality. and cannabis being sprayed with chemicals that mimic the effects of good cannabis and to increase the weight & price.

god only knows what effect this will have on people because the government is doing absoultley NOTHING to warn people of these dangers

But lets get real for a second here – drug dealers dont play by the rules if they can contaminate drugs and make a bigger profit they will continue to do so….

so the ONLY solution is for the government to stop criminilising users and legilise & regulate cannabis and even tax it, users would happily pay that £1 or 2 extra knowing it wasnt contaminated cannabis they were using,

or allow users to grow it themselves take a leaf out americas book and users who have a medical need for it should be given that right

OR you can continue to bury your heads in the sand and watch people start to die when some one contaminates it with something that can kill

Its common sence cannabis has medical benifits & causes little if any damage to users(ofcourse people should be properly evaluated to see if they have the proper state of mind to handle cannabis smoking for medical reasons)

smoking tobbaco ONLY CAUSES HARM to people, and the same with alcohol but they are 100% legal and the government enjoys a healthy tax sum from them

basically the message your sending to young people just now is smoke these ciggerettes and alcohol from us – they will give you cancer and send you to an early grave – but thats ok were taxing them, dont buy cannabis because we have no hand in that

WAKE UP BEAT THE SCUM DRUG DEALERS MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY & LINE YOUR POCKETS IN THE PROCESS

LEGALISE CANNABIS NOW !!

Why is this idea important?

I speak as some one who has worked all be it on and off since i left school im no lay about, but i am a cannabis user because i have athuritus and cannabis is my only releif for a decent nights pain free sleep

cannabis on british streets is CONTAMINATED 9 times out of 10 when you buy a block of resin cannabis it is not even cannabis your buying its god knows what plastic, and chemicals and very little low quality cannabis if any atall.

i have came accross even herbal cannabis that is contaminated with glass from glass wool isulation, the pieces of glass being used to fool the user into thinking its THC crystals and the cannabis is high quality. and cannabis being sprayed with chemicals that mimic the effects of good cannabis and to increase the weight & price.

god only knows what effect this will have on people because the government is doing absoultley NOTHING to warn people of these dangers

But lets get real for a second here – drug dealers dont play by the rules if they can contaminate drugs and make a bigger profit they will continue to do so….

so the ONLY solution is for the government to stop criminilising users and legilise & regulate cannabis and even tax it, users would happily pay that £1 or 2 extra knowing it wasnt contaminated cannabis they were using,

or allow users to grow it themselves take a leaf out americas book and users who have a medical need for it should be given that right

OR you can continue to bury your heads in the sand and watch people start to die when some one contaminates it with something that can kill

Its common sence cannabis has medical benifits & causes little if any damage to users(ofcourse people should be properly evaluated to see if they have the proper state of mind to handle cannabis smoking for medical reasons)

smoking tobbaco ONLY CAUSES HARM to people, and the same with alcohol but they are 100% legal and the government enjoys a healthy tax sum from them

basically the message your sending to young people just now is smoke these ciggerettes and alcohol from us – they will give you cancer and send you to an early grave – but thats ok were taxing them, dont buy cannabis because we have no hand in that

WAKE UP BEAT THE SCUM DRUG DEALERS MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY & LINE YOUR POCKETS IN THE PROCESS

LEGALISE CANNABIS NOW !!

Revoke prison sentence for church feats.

According to my sources the previous administration made it illegal to hold a church feat without a license. They also introduced a two year prison sentence for the same.

It is one of their 5000 new criminal offenses. If this law still exists it should be struck down at once.

Why is this idea important?

According to my sources the previous administration made it illegal to hold a church feat without a license. They also introduced a two year prison sentence for the same.

It is one of their 5000 new criminal offenses. If this law still exists it should be struck down at once.

LEGALIZE NATURAL PSYCHEDELICS ALREADY!!

Psychedelic and Entheogens should be legalized, since they who do not have the right to experiment with their own consciousness, are being stripped away of their rights at the most basic essential level.

Psychedelics (meaning "mind manifesting), and Entheogens (meaning "invoking the God within")

Psychedelics and Entheogens are referring only to natural substances that are found in nature, UNLIKE man-made artificially synthesized chemicals such Cocaine, Meth, Alcohol, etc.

Psychedelics to be legalized (to name a few): LSD, Psilocybin, Mescaline, Ibogaine

Why is this idea important?

Psychedelic and Entheogens should be legalized, since they who do not have the right to experiment with their own consciousness, are being stripped away of their rights at the most basic essential level.

Psychedelics (meaning "mind manifesting), and Entheogens (meaning "invoking the God within")

Psychedelics and Entheogens are referring only to natural substances that are found in nature, UNLIKE man-made artificially synthesized chemicals such Cocaine, Meth, Alcohol, etc.

Psychedelics to be legalized (to name a few): LSD, Psilocybin, Mescaline, Ibogaine

Repeal of Cannabis Related Infringements

Cannabis is an intrinsic part of our culture as humans, the substance having been used for thousands of years; it hasn't been affected by the War on drugs that Nixon championed years ago, instead it continues to put money into the pockets of criminals. This same criminal status is then placed upon a citizen who is simply enjoying their drug of choice; simply because it isn't legally condoned as alcohol and tobacco are.

Countries like the Netherlands have shown for years that levels of Cannabis use do not sky rocket when the drug is more readily available and infact it can offer a large portion of taxable income for communities  – as Pubs do – as well as providing valuable tax funds for the government.

Studies like the one at the University of Keele have shown that the risk of psychosis from heavily smoking cannabis are not significantly or even noticeably increased.

Why is this idea important?

Cannabis is an intrinsic part of our culture as humans, the substance having been used for thousands of years; it hasn't been affected by the War on drugs that Nixon championed years ago, instead it continues to put money into the pockets of criminals. This same criminal status is then placed upon a citizen who is simply enjoying their drug of choice; simply because it isn't legally condoned as alcohol and tobacco are.

Countries like the Netherlands have shown for years that levels of Cannabis use do not sky rocket when the drug is more readily available and infact it can offer a large portion of taxable income for communities  – as Pubs do – as well as providing valuable tax funds for the government.

Studies like the one at the University of Keele have shown that the risk of psychosis from heavily smoking cannabis are not significantly or even noticeably increased.

Legalise cannabis for 18 year olds and over

Quite simply, the many arguments in favour outweigh those against.  In these austere times in particular  the government could do with the revenue, which could be used to help offset the disadvantages. 

Make available on prescription first, print health warnings on packets when it is sold in the shops.  As it can be eaten, Waitrose could make it available in cakes with no risk of adverse effects from smoking. 

It should be well regulated, though.  Highly concentrated strains should perhaps not be available or allowed to be grown. The very fact that drugs are demonised, when they patently carry benefits, sends a confusing message.  A more civilised, sophisticated approach to them is needed.

Why is this idea important?

Quite simply, the many arguments in favour outweigh those against.  In these austere times in particular  the government could do with the revenue, which could be used to help offset the disadvantages. 

Make available on prescription first, print health warnings on packets when it is sold in the shops.  As it can be eaten, Waitrose could make it available in cakes with no risk of adverse effects from smoking. 

It should be well regulated, though.  Highly concentrated strains should perhaps not be available or allowed to be grown. The very fact that drugs are demonised, when they patently carry benefits, sends a confusing message.  A more civilised, sophisticated approach to them is needed.

Legalise Cannabis

Legalise cannabis for over 18's, allow companies to cultivate crops and sell (including VAT) for less than the going rate on the illegal drug market.  Price the dealers out of the market.  Create kite markings, and regulations so people know their product is as safe as can be.

Reallocate the funds used on police resources to arrest, put on trial, and jail cannabis users, to thorough and transparent scientific research on the long and short term effects of cannabis use.  Use this information to make a campaign, creating awareness of the results of the research, and discourage the smoking element, suggesting alternative methods for consumption e.g. tea or cookies (low fat mind you).

Create a system similar to Amsterdam, allowing a set limit of cannabis per customer from licensed cafes/bars.

Legalise to avoid tarnishing otherwise law abiding citizens with a criminal record, to enable those who get relief from pain to do so easily, and to give people a choice about what to put in their own bodies.

Why is this idea important?

Legalise cannabis for over 18's, allow companies to cultivate crops and sell (including VAT) for less than the going rate on the illegal drug market.  Price the dealers out of the market.  Create kite markings, and regulations so people know their product is as safe as can be.

Reallocate the funds used on police resources to arrest, put on trial, and jail cannabis users, to thorough and transparent scientific research on the long and short term effects of cannabis use.  Use this information to make a campaign, creating awareness of the results of the research, and discourage the smoking element, suggesting alternative methods for consumption e.g. tea or cookies (low fat mind you).

Create a system similar to Amsterdam, allowing a set limit of cannabis per customer from licensed cafes/bars.

Legalise to avoid tarnishing otherwise law abiding citizens with a criminal record, to enable those who get relief from pain to do so easily, and to give people a choice about what to put in their own bodies.

Legalise and Regulate the Sex Industry

The current laws on prostitution , far from stopping prostitution, actually serve to drive it further underground and endanger the lives of women (and men) who work in the industry.

Take the recent case of Hannah Morris for example. She and her colleagues reported a particularly violent assault on one of the escorts who worked at her agency, thinking the perpetrator would be caught and helping the police with their enquiries. Instead she was arrested and charged with 'brothel-keeping' . How many workers in the industry are likely to report violent attacks now? These are the real criminals, and if the law regarding brothels is not changed they will get away with it all and keep attacking vulnerable women, safe in the knowledge it will probably go unreported! This is a travesty.

It is unsafe to force women to work on their own (currently one women operating alone is legal, but 2 women working together purely for safety, neither 'controlling' the other's hours/pay/services is illegal). 

Why not make it legal for 2 or 3 women to work together in a co-operative? Legalise the buying and selling of sex, and make the sex industry taxable , legit , and like any other business. 

Of course trafficking and forced prostitution are awful things and the focus should be on tackling these without criminalising the 'normal' everyday law-abiding citizens who do this work of their own free choice? There are already laws against trafficking – why not use resources to implement them? 

If prostitution was made a legalised, above board, and proper profession, people who choose to work in this industry would be safer and free from stigma, the public purse would benefit from more (previously under-the-radar because of the law) parlours and 'working flats' paying taxes, and any vulnerable/ trafficked women and men wouldn't be driven further underground.

Think, people, Think! What is wrong with selling/buying a service between two consenting adults? These laws need changed before any more sex workers are attacked or even killed.

J Kinning, Scotland.

Why is this idea important?

The current laws on prostitution , far from stopping prostitution, actually serve to drive it further underground and endanger the lives of women (and men) who work in the industry.

Take the recent case of Hannah Morris for example. She and her colleagues reported a particularly violent assault on one of the escorts who worked at her agency, thinking the perpetrator would be caught and helping the police with their enquiries. Instead she was arrested and charged with 'brothel-keeping' . How many workers in the industry are likely to report violent attacks now? These are the real criminals, and if the law regarding brothels is not changed they will get away with it all and keep attacking vulnerable women, safe in the knowledge it will probably go unreported! This is a travesty.

It is unsafe to force women to work on their own (currently one women operating alone is legal, but 2 women working together purely for safety, neither 'controlling' the other's hours/pay/services is illegal). 

Why not make it legal for 2 or 3 women to work together in a co-operative? Legalise the buying and selling of sex, and make the sex industry taxable , legit , and like any other business. 

Of course trafficking and forced prostitution are awful things and the focus should be on tackling these without criminalising the 'normal' everyday law-abiding citizens who do this work of their own free choice? There are already laws against trafficking – why not use resources to implement them? 

If prostitution was made a legalised, above board, and proper profession, people who choose to work in this industry would be safer and free from stigma, the public purse would benefit from more (previously under-the-radar because of the law) parlours and 'working flats' paying taxes, and any vulnerable/ trafficked women and men wouldn't be driven further underground.

Think, people, Think! What is wrong with selling/buying a service between two consenting adults? These laws need changed before any more sex workers are attacked or even killed.

J Kinning, Scotland.