Breathe News is bringing you a 12 part series, #HighTimes, on the indigenous herb called Marijuana which has been used for medical use for centuries. However, the plant still remains illegal in the UK, despite the fact that Cannabis is the most widely-used illegal drug in Britain with a small 10% of regular users of cannabis become addicted to the drug, the NHS said. And not to mention that people of my generation see cannabis as safer than drinking and safer than smoking.
The UK and the current debate:
Last week officials at Heathrow Airport confiscated Billy Caldwell’s cannabis oil, which the 12-year-old’s mother Charlotte had been attempting to bring into the UK from Canada. Billy Caldwell suffer with epilepsy and was admitted to hospital after his seizures “intensified” following his supply being confiscated at Heathrow Airport. Lord Hague said the debate about Billy Caldwell was “one of those illuminating moments when a longstanding policy is revealed to be inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date”. However, the government has rejected a call from Lord Hague to consider legalising the recreational use of cannabis. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has told MPs there will be a review of the medical use of cannabis in the UK.
Currently, anyone wishing to use a drug containing a controlled cannabis-based substance must apply to the Home Office for a licence. Lady Meacher, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group for drug policy reform – which two years ago called for cannabis-based drugs to be legalised – said the move was a “no brainer” which could benefit many people.
More than 25,000 people signed a recent petition calling on the government to legalise cannabis for both recreational and medicinal uses. The petition’s founders said banning the drug failed to reduce its use and it was “hypocritical” of the government to allow the sale of alcohol and tobacco but not cannabis.
“Cannabis was prohibited in the UK in 1928, as a result of racism, fear and prejudice. Prohibition results in disproportionate targeting of ethnic minorities and young people, whose lives are ruined by criminal records. Furthermore, Alcohol causes 3.3 million deaths per year. Tobacco kills over 7 million people per year. Cannabis has further more shown promise in reducing seizures among other illnesses, and is far safer than opioid painkillers.”
The United States is gradually becoming the land of the red, white, and green. 9 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults over the age of 21. Medical marijuana is legal in another 30 states after voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in June.
Joint, Spliff, Blunt, Weed, Pot, Marijuana, Ganja, Doobie, Herb, Mary Jane, Reefer, Green, whatever you want to call it this magical plant has reached new highs in 2018 and Breathe News is here to guide you through some of the drugs uses and effects.
Every two weeks a new episode of High Times covering different topics such as how being high can alter our perception of time and its incredible medicinal uses. You don’t want to miss out. And the best part is each week will be using a different medium, such as podcasts, videos, photography and articles. Make sure to use the hashtag #HighTimes to follow what others are saying and tag us on twitter @breathenewsUK or Instagram @breathenews to let us know what you think!
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