Cannabis is over-policed for the relative lack of harm it does
- Currently, cannabis is classified as a Class B drug, meaning that possession can result in up to 5 years of imprisonment
- Over the last 10 years, there have been 1.58 million cases of the police forces seizing cannabis, although the number of seizures have seen a steady year-on-year decline (Home Office, 2019 stats). This represents a substantial amount of police time and budget.
- The Home Office estimates that 7.2% of adults 16-59 consume it.
Cannabis has medical benefits
- Research in 1980 suggested that cannabidiols reduced epilepsy in most patients, but due to politics, it was almost 35 years before larger-scale clinical trials were undertaken (Mechoulam, 2017). More recently, research on a larger sample of patients published in The Lancet, the world’s leading peer-reviewed general medical journal, suggested the same (Devinsky et al, 2016). Larger-scale randomised control trials are required to take a conclusive view.
- Cannabidiols reduce incidence of strokes (Scharf, 2017) and the damage done by strokes (Rodriguez-Munoz et al, 2018).
- Cannabidiols may have significant benefits for Parkinson’s Disease (Crippa, 2019). Larger-scale randomised control trials are required to take a conclusive view.
- Besides their palliative effects in cancer therapy, evidence suggests cannabinoids are anticancer agents (Ramer et al, 2011).
- It is a palliative that allows people to suffer through painful conditions, such as Crohn’s disease.
Legalising and taxing recreational cannabis can fund welfare
Legalising cannabis would increase our budget by:
- Reducing the budget wasted on policing it
- Reducing the NHS’ budget by allowing it to administer more cost-effective treatments that work
- Increasing the productivity of people who would otherwise not be productive because their conditions aren’t satisfactorily treated
- Increasing tax revenues from recreational use.
These funds could be used to:
- Increase policing for violent crime
- Increase funding to address the social causes of crime:
- Increase housing benefits in line with local average rents
- Increase Job Seekers’ Allowances
- Increase funding for youth spaces and activities.