The Legalise Cannabis Alliance, a one issue party?
My thoughts on the LCA
A vote for the LCA is not a one issue vote, cannabis legalisation covers all aspects of political legislation.
This is what cannabis legalisation means for the different aspect of British society in the forefront of voters minds and on the main political parties manifestos every year.
- more police time to spend on the streets to fight serious and violent crimes.
- Freeing up of prison services – allowing space for serious criminals to serve longer.
- major reduction on court times, saving valuable time and money.
- possible reduction of violent crime as much is alcohol based, and cannabis legalisation would promote harm reduction by making the choice a free one, instead of pushing people to the more dangerous of the two drugs.
Cannabis is proven to be an effective treatment for many diseases and ailments. For many of these ailments it is the single most effective treatment, the introduction of sativex in the UK testifies to the beneficial effects of cannabinoods on multiple sclerosis.
Even opiates such as morphine and drugs that can kill you are offered to people dying of horrible diseases, why not a plant thats proven to have beneficial effects with little or no side effects, it certainly hasnt killed anyone in recorded history
Less time spent in hospitals for patients medicating with cannabis
- freeing up of hospital beds
- reduction in hospital waiting lists
- some patients can once again work when they previously couldn’t.
could lead to less tobacco smoking – the number one killer in the UK
No gate way to hard drugs that prohibition creates ( dutch cocaine use at 2% with decriminalisation of cannabis, America’s at 15% despite some of the harshest drug laws)
the legalisation of cannabis brings with it a whole new industry creating much needed jobs for British citizens from across the whole country, jobs would be created in the following sectors
- medical Cannabis dispensaries
- medical cannabis growing facilities, so patients know they are getting a safe and regulated product.
- hydroponic shops
- head shops that sell cannabis related products
- seed and genetic companies
- cannabis based education – “cannacollege”
- coffeshops/cannabis clubs
- media- magazines, films, documentaries, Television, books etc
- manufacturing. – toys/games/paraphernalia
the L.C.A would also strive to see the introduction of hemp as a staple of the British farmer which could help to alleviate the damage done by global warming by our oil based consumption.
studies show that cannabis use in early on in children can be damaging to some aspects of their development – this is why a system of regulation needs to be put in place. As it Is much easier for a 15 year old to buy cannabis then it is for them to buy alcohol from a shop – simply because of regulation
- reduce the harm to young people
- increase awareness of the dangers of using at a young age, similar to the warings of cigarette packets.
-an estimated 6 million people use cannabis in the UK – the UK cannabis market is big business for increasingly violent and dangerous criminals. With legalisation Billions of pounds would be taken out of the hands of these criminals and put into the budget by a system of regulation similar to alcohol and tobacco.
- creation of cannabis based businesses – paying taxes to the treasury
- similar tax system to petrol, alcohol and cigarettes, UK TAX is added to the cost of the product. Possibly adding billions to the treasury.
- Net Vat increase from cannabis and cannabis based products
- budget savings from : Law enforcement, Court fees, Prison costs, healthcare/NHS costs, reduction in alcohol related crime such as vandalism.
- Billions of pounds can be created to help our failing economy
that money saved and earned can be spent on healthcare, infrastructure and education. Creating a better future for all.
With the legalisation of cannabis the cuts themselves could be CUT