On October 12 MP's will debate about legalising cannabis
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In August, 25-year-old economic student James Richard Owen posted a petition on parliament's official e-petition website wanting to legalise the production, sale and possession of cannabis. The petition stated that “Legalising cannabis could bring in £900 million in taxes every year, save £400 million in policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.”
Within 5 days the petition received over 125,000 votes with 212,432 signatures to date. But even with the resounding response, Owen does not seem optimistic about any change as he states, “...it seems to me that the current government are willing to ignore the views of 200,000 plus people.”
Owens skepticism about any type of reform is supported by the Government’s response to the petitionwhere they stated, “Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health. There are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.”
On Monday, October 12, 2015 Labour MP, Paul Flynn for Newport West will lead the parliamentary debate at Westminster Hall regarding a new drug law reform. Flynn is known as being a major advocate of medical marijuana and has campaigned for cannabis reform for 25 years.
Clear UK, Britain’s largest pro cannabis reform group, is encouraging people to lobby their MP’s and urge them to attend the discussion. At last years parliamentary debate regarding UK drug laws only 21 of the 650 MPs attended. Hopefully this October there will be a better turn out.