Marijuana legalization petition hits enough signatures for UK parliament debate
The electronic petition, created by James Richard Owen, calls for the legalization of the production, sale and use of cannabis and currently has close to 135,000 signatures since being launched on Tuesday.
The campaign also argues that the drug is “safer than alcohol,” has been used by mankind for over 4,000 years, and was outlawed in the UK only in 1925.
Since the e-petition reached the required minimum of 100,000 signatures the MPs will now be forced to debate the declassification of the substance.
“There’s roughly three million adult [cannabis] smokers in the UK and I don’t think it’s right for the government to be criminalising such a large section of society,” Owen, an economics student at Aberystwyth University, told the Guardian.
The creator of the petition argues that UK is just wasting money on policing an issue that has been legalized in a number of countries across the world.