With recent reform across America alongside planned reform across Europe, the UK has seemed anything but progressive in terms of its laws on drugs, specifically marijuana, with the current UK Prime Minister Theresa May being seemingly opposed to marijuana. However, the Prime Minister is not the be-all-end-all and democracy dictates that if a petition gained enough ground then it should go to vote. Recently, a group of MPs have called for marijuana legalisation, claiming the UK is falling behind in terms of drug policies and reform.
Leading the charge is former Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg and former Health Minister Norman Lamb alongside a number of Labour and Conservative MP’s who are showing support for legal cannabis, suggesting that the UK should follow America in terms of legalising recreational cannabis.
Clegg has perhaps been the most vocal in his support for marijuana as of late, claiming that the UK must prepare the market for legalisation so as to not fall behind its peers in Europe and America. The former Deputy Prime Minister was quoted as saying, “Cannabis prohibition is being swept away on a tide of popular opinion and replaced with responsible legal regulation.”
In a letter to the British Medical Journal Clegg insisted that marijuana was much safer than many medicines currently on the market. Many MPs have made the claim that regulation on marijuana would make recreational marijuana use a whole lot safer, as strength and content would be controlled.On top of the medical benefit, legalisation of marijuana could also potentially generate £1.05 billion in tax revenue.