Majority Of UK Population Supports Cannabis Legalisation, Reveals New Poll
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A majority of the UK population now favours the complete legalisation of cannabis, a new poll has revealed.
In the survey carried out by YouGov, 3,317 UK adults were posed the question: “Generally speaking, to what extent would you support or oppose the legalisation of cannabis in the UK?’
52% of people replied saying they either ‘strongly supported’ or ‘tended to support’ the statement, while 32% opposed and 15% said they didn’t know.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, recently said he wants to have experts ‘examine the latest evidence’ to see whether the decriminalisation of marijuana would benefit the capital and country at large.
Although the Mayor would be unable to introduce any new legislation himself, he would be able to inform the policing policy in the capital, encouraging the Met to back off on low-level drug offences.
However, as per LBC, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Allegra Stratton said: “Policy on controlled drugs is a matter for UK Government and there are no plans to devolve this responsibility.
“The prime minister has spoken about this on many occasion – illicit drugs destroy lives and he has absolutely no intention of legalising cannabis, which is a harmful substance.”
She added: “Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, will know that the policy on controlled drugs is a matter for the UK Government. It’s not a matter for his office.”
However there is growing data to suggest that in fact legalisation of cannabis can be beneficial to both the economy and criminal justice system, generating tax revenue for the public purse, allowing greater control over distribution and easing pressure on the court and prison systems.
New York recently announced that is set to legalise marijuana for people over the age of 21.
Officials from the Assembly, Senate and Governor’s office reached a three-way agreement on a bill to legalise the drug for recreational use.
According to Bloomberg lawmakers settled on the language used in the bill, which is expected to closely match similar laws from neighbouring states.
The passing of the bill into law would legalise cannabis for adults aged 21 and over, and would impose a 13% sales tax on the substance with 9% going to the state, and 4% to localities.
According to Bloomberg, licensed distributors would collect an excise duty of up to three cents per milligram of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis), with a 'sliding scale based on the type of product and its potency’ although assurances have been given that no changes will be made to the taxes that currently exist on medical marijuana.
New York residents will reportedly be permitted to buy and possess up to three ounces (85g) of marijuana with the Wall Street Journal reporting they may also be allowed to grow plants for their own personal use.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 14 US states and three territories have currently legalised recreational marijuana, including Arizona, Colorado, California, Maine, Michigan, Nevada and New York’s neighbouring state of New Jersey.
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