Break the links between cannabis use and organised crime and release police
resources for higher priority tasks by:
– Retaining the classification of cannabis as a Class C drug, in line with the
recommendations of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which
the Government ignored.
– Adopting a policy of not prosecuting possession for own use, social supply to
adults or cultivation of cannabis plants for own use.
– Repealing Sections 8 (c) and (d) of the Misuse of Drugs Act so that it is no longer a
crime for the occupier or manager of premises to permit someone to use cannabis
on those premises.
– Permitting medical use of cannabis derivatives, subject to appropriate
pharmaceutical controls and the successful conclusion of current clinical trials.
– In the longer term, seeking to put the supply of cannabis on a legal, regulated
basis, subject to securing necessary renegotiation of the UN Conventions. The
Global Cannabis Commission report of September 20085, published as part of the
2009 UN drug policy review supports a policy of regulated availability to minimise
the harms associated with cannabis abuse, adding that much of this harm is a
result of prohibition itself.
This is taken from the Lib Dem`s own manifesto.
Why is this idea important?
As stated above to break the links between cannabis use and organised crime and release police
resources for higher priority tasks.
To stop criminalizing everyday people from using this harmless recreational herb.
To stop criminalizing medicinal patients who have no other choice but to use cannabis to aid acute conditions.
To create an industry that would raise at least £4 billion in tax revenue.
The list is endless.
NB. There is no proven links between cannabis use and mental health problems.