Cannabis activists in Great Britain suffered a setback this week when the Tory controlled government rejected a petition to legalize the plant for recreational purposes. The British Parliament is supposed to consider all petitions that garner a minimum of 100,000 signatures and though this particular one collected over double that amount, neither its overwhelming popularity nor the latest scientific data were enough to sway them.
The petition, submitted by Richard James Owen, states that “Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.” It goes on to point out that the plant had been arguably used by humans for 4,000 years prior to it being made illegal in the UK back in 1925. The government, however, is having none of it.
“Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health,” the official response started, “There are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.”
The ruling body went on to refute the petition’s suggestion that legalization would save the nation money on law enforcement, as well as double down on the idea that cannabis can “unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society.”