UK: it’s time to legalise and regulate cannabis

Legalising and regulating cannabis is good for public health and good for healthcare.  Prohibition is ineffective, unhealthy and expensive.

Criminals are still profiting. Kids and other vulnerable groups are still exposed to the risks of harmful and unregulated high strength skunk. Whilst society still bears the costs associated with  cannabis use (health, police, prisons etc.).

Countries across the world  are taking responsible steps to protect and support their societies. As Canada becomes the first G7 nation to legalise cannabis, time for the UK to catch up with this global shift.

Better public health

Regulating cannabis will help to restrict young people’s access to cannabis and protect them from the risks of harmful products. Not to mention the potential health benefits of cannabis based medicines for patients. Legalisation would also free up time and resources for the police, courts and prison systems.

More money for our NHS

Legalisation and regulation of cannabis, would raise at least £1 billion each year in tax revenue. This could be spent on more the NHS. It will also generate  savings for the NHS and other public services.

Fewer crimes and human rights abuses

Prohibition has given criminal gangs the control of the market and evidence shows children have also been trafficked and enslaved. Regulating cannabis will reduce the size of the illicit market as well as providing better labour standards and  opportunities for vulnerable groups.

The benefits of a regulated and legal market for cannabis are clear and  this will be a win-win situation for both our NHS and our entire society.

Demand the UK government act and support the legalisation and regulation of cannabis NOW.

For more information see our full report: Cannabis - Regulate it. Tax it. Support the NHS. Promote public health.

Download our letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid MP and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP.

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