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UK: 'Tories will leave Britain in dope dark ages' say Teesside Cannabis Club; they want drug legalised
Sunday 21 May 2017
Britain will be left in the ‘dope dark ages’ if the Tory’s win the General Election .
That’s according to a Teesside cannabis campaigner, who also feels voters should shun the Liberal Democrats - despite the party’s pledge to legalise weed.
Lib Dem chief Tim Farron’s would allow the Class B drug to be sold over the counter as part of his election manifesto.
But Teesside Cannabis Club’s John Holliday thinks that despite the pledge, weed is more likely to be legalised under Labour.
“Labour already have the young peoples vote and have made comments in the past towards (cannabis) reform. If Labour get elected I think we could see some real progress within the next couple of years,” he said.
“If the Conservatives continue as our Government I can see all of Europe legalizing cannabis in some aspect and Britain remaining in the dark ages especially if Brexit goes ahead.”
He said while the Lib Dems manifesto “ticks a lot of the right boxes” for the cannabis community, their performance during their time as coalition partners with the Tories means voters will find them difficult to trust.
And with Labour trailing in the polls, he thinks had the party followed the Lib Dems in promising cannabis reform it could have been a difference maker at the ballot box come June 8.
“I think if Labour had pledged the same manifesto it certainly would bring in more votes,” he said.
“However I don’t believe these voters would of been just young or new voters, a cannabis reform policy appeals to a large spectrum of people from all ages and walks of life.”
Previously, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would legalise cannabis for medicinal use.
However, he fell short of calling for sweeping legal changes for recreational drugs, adding he wanted people to be “educated away from” illegal substances.
The Lib Dems revealed their radical reform plans for cannabis in a manifesto which also called for a new diesel car ban along with a second EU referendum.
In a pre-election Facebook Q&A, Tory leader Theresa May refused to back cannabis law changes - branding it a gateway drug to harder substances.
She added: “The reason I don’t believe in making cannabis use legal is because of the impact I see it having on too many people in terms of the drug use.”
Cannabis is already legal in several European states, including Holland and Norway, along with several US states.
In Portugal, all drugs - including heroin and cocaine - were decriminalised in 2001, and the country now has one of the lowest overdoes rates in Europe.
Campaigners say Britain should follow a similar route, claiming it could create a fresh public purse revenue stream through taxation.
Bur critics fear it could lead to higher addiction rates.
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