Lawmakers in the United Kingdom may be given the opportunity to debate legalizing cannabis for recreational dedications due to the accomplishment of an online petition that received larger than amount of signatures needed to spark said deliberation.
The online petition in question, which calls for the legalization of cannabis production, retail sales and consumption, has caught the attention of over 159,000 supporters and counting. That’s well over the amount of 100,000 signatures that are required in order for the House of Commons Petitions Committee to consider presenting the issue to a parliamentary debate.
Although cannabis use is somewhat tolerated in the United Kingdom, it’s still characterized as a Class B drug. And if you’re caught violating the laws regarding the sale and production of cannabis, you could face up to 14 years in prison. Those caught possessing cannabis could be sentenced to up to 5 years behind bars.
Here’s how the petition reads:
Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.
A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.
Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate.
Good luck, United Kingdom.
We support your efforts to change the antediluvian laws regarding the safest recreational substance known to mankind.