Taxing the UK Cannabis Market

On the 14th of September 2011, the Houses of Parliament saw a different kind of visitor, most of whom had probably broken a law – in the last 24 hours. It is fighting against this very law that brought us all together. I was proud to be in the heart of Westminster in the Jubilee Room when the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit’s study Taxing the UK Cannabis Market, commissioned by Clear, was released.

The IDMU were commissioned by Clear to investigate the current size of the UK cannabis market in order to estimate potential tax revenue if cannabis was to be regulated. This is of tremendous importance in current times, with the recession affecting almost every aspect of public spending, never has there a time when the British Government more needs the money that a regulated cannabis market could bring.

The Jubilee room was full and bustling with Medical patients and Recreational users alike, when Peter Reynolds, Leader of Clear, took to the floor. He was followed by Matthew Atha of the IDMU, then Paul Flynn MP – who I must take this opportunity to thank, without him we would never have had the opportunity to release the report in such an austere setting! He was followed by Dr Susan Blackmore and then finally by Jim Duffy from LEAP UK- Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

I won’t go into detail over what they all said, as you can see the video for yourselves on Youtube, I would fully recommend watching it, and seeing for yourselves how ground-breaking this particular press conference was. For those of you who haven’t heard about Clear, we are Britain’s newest political party, Clear is the only political party dedicated to ending the prohibition of cannabis.  We aim to shed more light on the truth about the ridiculous policy of prohibition.

Cannabis gives hope to thousands of sick people who need it as medicine, but let us quickly come back to the reason we were all gathered in a building from where vast areas of the known world were governed. The Report came to the conclusion that if Cannabis were to be regulated an average 6.7 billion pounds could be injected into the empty coffers of our struggling economy. A boost which I personally think is vital to saving many essential services in the UK.

Never before has there been a better time to show the government just how much money they are literally throwing down the drain. Cannabis is known to have been used for over 5000 years by humans, it is my opinion, one which I share with many experts globally; that it’s about time things got back to the way they are supposed to be.

Please join Clear today and help end the Prohibition of Cannabis in the UK. 

Sign a petition to make MP’s discuss the issue here.

Article written by Clark French

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