Marijuana legalization petition hits enough signatures for UK parliament debate
Published on Aug 3, 2015
After creating a petition to fully legalize marijuana was created, it took only days to reach the required number for response by parliamnet in the UK. Over 135,000 signatures in, and parliament must now prepare a debate, or atleast respond publicly to the obviously strong request for legal cannabis. The campaign, created by James Owen, suggests there are roughly 3 million cannabis smokers in the UK, and they shouldn't be treated like criminals when it's safer than alcohol, and many countries around the world, including multiple states in the US, are legalizing. Current outdated laws in the UK can land you up to 14 years in prison with fines just for handling the drug. The people have spoken, it's time for change.
“Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m ($1,396m) in taxes every year, save £400m ($620m) on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs,” the appeal on the government’s website says.