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UK: The Plymouth cannabis users backing legalisation plan
The Plymouth Herald
Monday 22 May 2017
Cannabis users in Plymouth have welcomed the Liberal Democrats' plan to legalise the drug.
The party says its proposal for a regulated market would raise £1bn in tax revenues.
The manifesto pledge would allow the sale of cannabis to over-18s from specialist, licensed retail stores, along with home cultivation for personal use and licensed cannabis social clubs.
It would also create a new regulator which would set limits on price, potency and packaging of the drug.
Daryl Sullivan, chair of the Devon Cannabis Club, said: "While I'm naturally delighted that drug policy reform has finally made it into the manifesto of a mainstream political party, and applaud the Lib Dems' decision to not only commit to cannabis legalisation, but to also decriminalise possession of all drugs and repeal the disastrous Psychoactive Substances Act, it remains to be seen exactly how they plan to regulate the cannabis market.
"Some of the quotes coming from people like Julian Huppert (Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate) have implied strict limits on potency and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, which, whilst an appealing idea for some, would simply lead to the creation of another black market and would not be workable in practice.
"However, should the Lib Dems stick to the recommendations of the expert panel they commissioned to write a report on cannabis legalisation last year, they will have my full support.
"Until we know more detail it is too early to judge.
"But the fact that legalisation of any form is in their manifesto is obviously excellent news, even if they are highly unlikely to get the chance to implement it."
The policy would cap the maximum THC content at 15 per cent.
The average THC content of street cannabis is 16.2 per cent, according to a 2008 Home Office study.
Alistair Philpotts, from the Plymouth Cannabis Club, added: "I'm all for it – however I simply don't see them having a chance against Tory and Labour
"I don't agree with Mrs May's views on it, saying it's a gateway drug.
"I've smoked it for 25 years and never wanted to even think about scoring heroin.
"It's not for everyone, but there are people out there who need it and use it as a medicine."
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