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We're Not Asking For A Change In The Law

26 Jun 2011

I'm writing to Baroness Browning tonight asking her to take action for people who need cannabis as medicine. It's very simple. All she has to do is authorise the Home Office drugs licensing department to issue a licence for the importation of medicinal cannabis when the application is supported by a doctor's prescription and the supplier is an authorised producer.

There's no need for a change in the law.

If the noble Baroness would don her thinking cap for a few moments, I am sure she we would see that this could only be a good thing. Not only would a great deal of suffering be alleviated safely and inexpensively but surely she, her ladyship, could only earn credit for such a wise and humane intervention?

The same is true of even more fundamental reform. We need to give our honourable ministers a way out of the corner they have boxed themslves into. I even let them off the hook a little. I suspect a deep seated "tradition" in the Home Office, reinforced over parliaments and generations by a select group of bigoted, malevolent civil servants who may well be in receipt of bribes. I can think of no other reason why such an idiotic, irrational policy should persist - across governments, regardless of parties. The words are always the same Home Office doublespeak.

There's no need for a change in the law.

Ministers merely have to readjust the classification and regulation of cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in accordance with evidence as the Act requires them so to do. I am certain that the Advisory Council would advise on an appropriate, evidence-based system of licensing and regulation which would be entirely self-financing and become a source of new revenue for the Treasury instead of funding organised crime.

There's no need for a change in the law.

The Sentencing Council itself proposed in its recent drug sentencing guidelines that "two or three plants grown for personal use" should attract a sentence betweene a discharge and a low level community order. That's pretty much akin to decriminalisation. Be discreet, keep your nose clean and we won't be interested.

There's no need for a change in the law.

We need to give the prohibitionists an easy way to stand down. Let's do that. Let's take back each little step as we can. Let's keep the pressure on. We're winning.