Britain Poll Shows Strong Support For Cannabis Legalization Erik February 21, 2013 Best Of The Best, Exclusive Web Content, International According to a recently conducted poll in Britain, the majority of the study’s participants believe the current cannabis laws are in need of serious reform. The final results showed that 53% of those polled favor some form of the decriminalization or legalization of cannabis. It seems that even though the majority of Brits are favoring legalization, their government may have just the opposite standpoint. In 2004 they reclassified cannabis from a Class B to a Class C substance. Wow, that sounds like a government that is attempting to be progressive in regards to leading the way in compassion and understanding about cannabis! Only to reverse that very decision in 2008 due to the mounting fears of the dangerous and harmful “skunk” cannabis that has grown so popular throughout Britain. Well, I guess I was wrong about the whole progressive, compassion thing. In terms of overall drug legalization or decriminalization the percentage of participants interested in a complete review of the current drug laws rose to an impressive 67%. Which when translated, is a positive sign regarding the mindset of the world and its views toward this futile attack on our planet’s inhabitants. “These results just show how far ahead of politicians the public are,” the spokesperson for Transform Drug Policy Foundation proclaimed. “Whilst Labor and Conservative politicians shy away from the debate on drugs, around half of their supporters want to see legal regulation of cannabis production and supply or decriminalization of cannabis possession, and a significant majority want a comprehensive review of our approach to drugs — including consideration of legal regulation,” the group declared. “Politicians have repeated their ‘tough on drugs’ propaganda for so long that they assume the public are more fearful of change than they really are,” Transform avowed. “In fact the world has changed, and the public are far more progressive than was thought, right across the political spectrum.” The wave of intelligence that is the legalization movement is similar to water in respect to not being limited by boundaries. In other words, we can wash across any shore or border if we stand united and help educate those in need of the knowledge about the science of cannabis and help eradicate the fear and ignorance that perpetuates this war on tokers. Be the change. MeeMan Nice sentiment, but remember, it’s not about what’s right, it’s about what’s more profitable. http://www.facebook.com/matthew.somerfield Matthew Dsbm Somerfield Go on! Just legalize it already! The people who appose, well, they dont have to smoke it anyway so it isnt any of their concern. BennyD This flower has been around since we crawled out of the primordial soup and we in our former evolved forms used to eat it raw straight from the ground from which it grew, cannabis was part of our diet, providing sustenance and health and vitality. It is the endo-cannabinoid system in each of us that reaped the benefits in its capacity as an immune system. As today, science can prove that cannabinoids KILL Cancer cells (or rather inhibit them to kill themselves) and it is BIG PHARMA that knows and exploits this fact and why we remain in the dark in the UK. Sour Alien The problem with the UK is how many people are indoctrinated by reefermadness propaganda! It goes as far as some people thinking ‘Skunk’ is a new, separate form of cannabis much stronger than ‘regular’ weed. When in reality, as most informed people know, Skunk is simply the name of specific strain of cannabis. A Mexican Columbian Afghan cross. The media, our leaders and politicians have used the word skunk, for the same reason Harry Anslinger used the term Marijuana. To create fear and hysteria. To misinform and distract. Legal regulation for the UK is inevitable, more and more people are starting to understand the truth and are realising that when trade is outlawed only outlaws trade. http://twitter.com/erikaaron1 Erik A. Gifford They can thank their irresponsible media for the reefer madness rhetoric. Thanks for your comment and readership. Sour Alien Thank you MeeMan Britain has a strange relationship with this plant. Every time it’s been under review, it’s been deemed insignificant to the danger of the people but somehow it’s ended up with an “illegal” noose around it’s neck. Anslinger and his sponsors have a lot to answer for! A note or two… 1894 After sitting for two years the British government’s Indian Hemp Commission produces a 3,281 page report that concludes “…for the vast majority of consumers, the Commission consider that the evidence shows the moderate use of ganja or charas not to be appreciably harmful…” 1901 Royal Commission concludes that cannabis is relatively harmless and not worth prohibiting. 1916 South African mine workers were encouraged to smoke because “after a smoke the native work hard and show very little fatigue”. The usual mine practice was to allow three smokes resembling coffee breaks a day. (gained independence from Britain in 1934) 1964 The first year when more white people than black were convicted of cannabis related offences in the UK. The total number of convictions, 544, was a little lower than in the previous two years. 1965 The 1965 Dangerous Drugs Act began to bring UK law in line with parts of the UN Single Convention. A new crime was created, allowing premises to be used for drug taking. Convictions for cannabis offences rose by 79% in a year. 1968 The UK government committee headed by Baroness Wootton concludes that “the long-term consumption of cannabis in moderation has no harmful effects”. 1971 Due to pressure from the USA and the Single Convention of Narcotic Drugs, the UK introduces the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. (with further updated versions every few years) 1979 The UK Advisory Council proposed moving cannabis to class C under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and changing penalties for possession. 2000 Tony Blair agrees that cannabis should be legalised for medical purposes. 2000 Police Foundation Report suggests that certain drugs be reclassified and penalties reduced. The government rejects the recommendations. 2004 Under the advice of the Advisory Committee, cannabis is rescheduled from schedule 1 Class B to Class C with cautions given for small amounts for personal use. 2005 Sativex, the world’s first cannabis derived medicine is licensed for use in Canada. The drug is developed by British Company GW Pharmaceuticals. The UK considers licensing Sativex as well. 2008 Due to an over exaggerated report on “skunk”, Minister Gordon Brown over-rode the Advisory Committee’s previous advice and forced cannabis back to schedule 1 Class B status. It had only one hearing in the House of Commons and By-passed the House of Lords to be signed off by a member of the Privy Council, thus ignoring the entire British legal system. 2012 Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee, headed by MP Keith Vaz, came to the conclusion and recommendation to the UK Government to decriminalise certain drugs and legalise others, including Cannabis. This sentiment was backed and urged by the Deputy Prime Minister, several South American Presidents, global corporation heads, noted celebrities, drugs counselling groups and health workers, as well as a vast amount of the UK population. Prime minister David Cameron said No and claimed the current system of criminal punishment was working fine. 2013 Poles suggest that the UK population wish to overhaul the drug laws with decriminalisation for some and legal regulation for others, such as Cannabis and MDMA. No change has occurred yet.