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British MPs After Year-Long Study: Legalize Cannabis

Posted on  December 11, 2012 by  News Admin

 Senior MPs in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, after a year-long study, on Monday called for the legalization of cannabis. According to the Ministers, the U.K.'s current approach just isn't working. The recommendation, called  "shock verdict" by Kevin Schofield at The Sun, came in a report from Parliament's Home Affairs Committee. The move came after a year-long investigation which included witnesses such as comedian and former heroin addict Russell Brand, who called for simple drug possession to no longer be considered a crime. "Penalizing people for possession of drugs is expensive," Brand told the MPs back in April. "The cost would be better spent, I think, on education and treatment. "Making it illegal isn't working anyway," Brand said. " Being arrested isn't a lesson; it's an administrative blip." "Prohibition has created a vast market for organized crime, has failed to protect our children and is bringing misery to deprived communities," agreed Danny Kushlick of the drug legalization group Transform. The committee urged Prime Minister David Cameron to set up a Royal Commission to look at all options and report back before the next election. According to the group, the British government should fund research into "the overall costs and benefits of cannabis legalization," and how similar plans have worked abroad. The Brits will no doubt be looking at the unfolding story in the American states of Washington and Colorado, where voters last month approved limited legalization schemes for adults. The MPs were reportedly impressed by how well drug decriminalization...

UK Multiple Sclerosis Patient: Cannabis Treats My Symptoms

Posted on  September 24, 2012 by  News Admin

  Multiple sclerosis patient Clark French is one of thousands of patients in Britain and the world over who use cannabis to help with their medical conditions. These conditions include multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS, and Crohn's disease. Trials are currently being conducted to determine if cannabis can stop the growth of cancers. French, one of the founding members of NORML UK (National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), will be appearing on Channel's 4 4Thought program, to discuss his medical use of cannabis.  Cannabis has become increasingly prominent in the United Kingdom in last few years, as more people and politicians have realized its therapeutic benefits and the harms produced by the black market. A July 2012 YouGov poll for The Sun showed that 45 percent supported at least decriminalization of cannabis, and that 25 percent of the population do not believe that cannabis is harmful at all. About 100,000 people in the U.K. have MS, and many use cannabis as the only solution to their chronic fatigue and pain. French stated that he first realized cannabis could be used to treat symptoms of MS at the age of 9 when he caught his stepfather smoking it:  "He used to medicate with cannabis and was very discreet about it," French said. "As a child, I was very anti smoking and used to tell people off. "My stepfather used to go out to the garage but it got to the point where he was so ill and wheelchair-bound that I caught...