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The Push for Marijuana Reform and Decriminalization in the UK is On

Jane Summers

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The Push for Marijuana Reform and Decriminalization in the UK is On

Substance misuse and criminal justice intervention organization Change Grow Live, based in the United Kingdom, is pushing for marijuana decriminalization. The organization tweeted earlier this week that drug related deaths are at their highest level ever, and with the general election coming up, the organization is calling for all parties to commit to saving lives.

In addition to the tweet, the organization linked to its letter to party leaders for the 2019 general election. The letter, written by the organizations Chief Executive Mark, indicates to party leaders the opportunities that they have to make a difference in the general election. The full letter can be read here, and here are a few highlights:

The letter indicates that more people have died as a result of drugs last year than ever before, and that it is a national public health crisis. It also shared that every life impacted or lost due to drug or alcohol misuse is a tragedy

As a result, the organization is calling for all parties to commit to prioritizing the issue by immediately reducing drug related deaths in the United Kingdom, and promoting an evidence-based approach to drug regulation and funding for treatment.

Concerning the evidence-based approach to policy, the letter urges the next government to establish an independent and expert commission that will consider the options and reframe and reinvigorate the country’s drug laws, including decriminalization. The organization further indicates that it will be necessary to allow civil society organizations in the drug treatment sector to engage to get through the crisis.

In addition, the letter also highlighted by referencing the Misuse of Drugs Act that,

“There are very few policies written in 1971 that are fit for the modern world – and drug legislation is one of those things.”

The letter appears to have received support from other treatment centers, such as Addaction, Turning Point and Humankind, according to a report by the Independent.

Jane is a regular contributor who learned about the great benefits of CBD a few years ago after starting it herself. Impressed by its effects, she's interested in helping others learn about options that can be helpful for them.

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