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Marijuana Legalization Petition Gets Enough Signatures To Earn Debate In UK Parliament


United Kingdom MarijuanaIn the United Kingdom, people can gather signatures for petitions and force a debate in Parliament for whatever topic the signatures were gathered for. One was started for cannabis legalization, and in just a handful of days, the 100,000 signature threshold was met. There is a deadline of January 2016 to gather the needed signatures, but as of this blog post, not only had the goal been achieved already, it was smashed with over 175k total signatures gathered and climbing. Below is the language of the petition:

Legalising cannabis could bring in £900m in taxes every year, save £400m on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.

A substance that is safer than alcohol, and has many uses. It is believed to have been used by humans for over 4000 years, being made illegal in the UK in 1925.

You can add your signature to the petition at the link above. The petition was started by a 25 year old economics student. Below is more information about his effort, via The Guardian:

The man who started the petition, James Owen, an economics student at Aberystwyth University, told the Guardian he felt people in the UK were ready for cannabis law reform.

“With Uruguay legalising, a lot of states in the US legalising, government cuts, people don’t want to spend the money on policing something they find is harmless,” the 25-year-old said.

“There’s roughly 3 million adult [cannabis]smokers in the UK and I don’t think it’s right for the government to be criminalising such a large section of society.”

Jason Reed, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (Leap) UK, said the petition by Owen, who is not linked to any drug reform activist groups, had come at the right time.

“It’s definitely an issue that people are now taking seriously because before now people saw cannabis reform as something that was for a certain demographic,” he said.

Now we wait for Parliament to pick up the petition for debate, which is expected to happen in September. It’s my understanding that this is the second largest petition of all time in the UK. If so, that’s very cool, and considering that the petition is still gathering signatures, I think there’s a chance that it could be number one when all is said and done. That would be very cool. If you live int he UK, sign the petition, and tell everyone else that you know to do the same!


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  1. jim heffner on

    You get to meet the strangest people online…..nice informative conversations and reassurence that since 50% of the population are on the right hand side of the bell curve the other 50% are on the left. Don’t expect to see Jamie at a Mensa get together he’s still waiting for the little school bus to stop at his house.
    Who pulled his chain anyway?

  2. What did you expect from a bunch of geriatric pissheads! But we can only try, can’t we :)

  3. Well that petition was good and should be done again. Only downside was the government disregarded all of the evidence

  4. Not much better off in the state of Ohio with the republican totalitarian control.

  5. Aside from the fact that the last time a cannabis petition was successful it was blown off by the government and then they increased the amount of signatures required for further petitions, I feel like Americans don’t actively sign onto cannabis related petitions because they’re scared of being targeted by the government.

    It’s 2015. We need to develop a system that allows verified but anonymous online voting. Not just for things like this, but I think that if people could cast their votes online we could have a much larger voter turnout for elections.

    Take, for example, Google Authenticator, which is used for some online games. Something along those lines would be secure verification tied to a government ID. The voting system would simply add to the yes/no tally without recording the voter’s ID and flag that they’ve voted.

    It wouldn’t be foolproof, but it’d take a lot of work if cyber security experts collaborated on it, and last I checked there are still dead people voting in elections.

  6. While we’re all here, why don’t we read what David Cameron said when he was trying to get the top job at the conservative party:


    “Politicians attempt to appeal to the lowest common denominator by posturing with tough policies and calling for crackdown after crackdown. Drugs policy has been failing for decades.” – David Cameron, September 7th, 2005.

    He’s what I like to call a Flip Flopping F**k Face.

    In this case, his “Lowest Common Deniminator” is what I call the DMD (The Daily Mail Demographic)

  7. Yes yes politicians are cowards! Even so they smoke weed or do lines of coke! Cheat on their wives! They look down in us all, because they lie and we still vote for them!

  8. They (politicians) do consider things! It’s what their backers want that they always do! Money talks petition don’t! Simples

  9. Just a couple of years ago Obama was laughing at how ridiculous the idea of discussing Cannabis legalization was. It takes a while for the realities to sink in for politicians, they have these flaps they can lower to cover their ears and eyes. Don’t despair, even here in Floriduh we’re seeing a few of the politicians doing the ‘switch position boogie’.
    By the way Cannabis never should have been made illegal.

  10. PhDScientist on

    Kudos to the young man behind this petition.
    There is a major humanitarian crisis around the world when it comes to MEDICAL Marijuana. Every person who can benefit from MEDICAL Marijuana should have the right to have it prescribed for them by their Physician, on the same basis as every other Medication.
    On the subject of RECREATIONAL Marijuana, since it is clearly safer than Alcohol, if Alcohol is legal for people above a given age, the same thing should be true of RECREATIONAL Marijuana.
    My “dog in this fight” is the MORAL IMPERATIVE of making MEDICAL Marijuana be able to be prescribed by Physicians on the same basis as every other medication, to patients who need it, everywhere in the world, I am particularly concerned about the URGENT NEED for every Cancer patient to have safe, legal, access to MEDCIAL Marijuana.
    But, like the majority of Americans, I also fully support the right of Adults to legally use Marijuana Recreationally

  11. Hope that the UK Government will also realize, that it was the second largest petition of all times !!
    Because If not … ? Than it`s time for the people and citizens of the UK to realize how less politicans are interested in doing or, at least, discussing themes and problems, the society wants to be solved !
    And if they really dont want to discuss this issue -Than I think something like signing a petition is totally useless and worthless …

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