Cannabis [Image: Gareth Fuller/Press Association].

Much has already been made of the medicinal possibilities of cannabis – if its harmful effects can be – forgive me – weeded out.

But if those harmful effects – it is said to cause psychological problems including schizophrenia in some users – can be removed without neutralising its … pleasurable … effects, then why not legalise it?

We all know that it doesn’t increase aggression, as alcohol does, and we’ve been told it actively fights cancer, whereas tobacco causes the disease.

In addition, it is allegedly non-addictive.

You can see the attraction for the UK government, of course.

When prostitution and drugs were included in the UK’s gross domestic product figure, the total leapt up by £10 billion per year.

Removing cannabis from the black market and taxing it instead could add billions to the Treasury’s receipts.

That’s why Tim Farron wants it legalised, of course.

But he also hopes the demand will improve the Liberal Democrats’ faded popularity.

Tim Farron is to become the first leader of one of Britain’s main political parties to call for the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use after declaring that the war on drugs is over.

In one of the most significant moves by the Liberal Democrats since they were reduced to a shell of just eight MPs at the election, Farron will call on the government to develop a framework for the legal regulation of cannabis.

Farron is to endorse a motion at spring conference which calls on the party to extend its existing support for the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use to recreational use.

Source: Tim Farron calls for legalisation of cannabis for recreational use | Society | The Guardian

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