Dear Ms Smith,
Whatever your feelings on
punishing people for growing or possessing plants in their private lives
and homes, I do hope you will consider at least attending and listening
at the debate on cannabis laws happening on 12th October.
As you may know well over 200,000 people have signed a petition to legalise possession, cultivation
and supply of cannabis - it is a matter that affects many people in
Norwich as well as the many around the country that are ciminlaised and
prosecuted despite doing no harm to others.
There are several
facebook pages and web sites that list the medicinal benefits ranging
from relief of stress to possible cancer treatments and I cannot believe
that those people are all telling porkies and defintely do not believe
that they should be punished.
The proof that cannabis can provide
medical relief is also available from GW Pharmaceuticals who produce a
whole-plant extract in alcohol into a cannister of spray called Sativex:
sadly GW charge many times the price of the contents and processing
costs and hence many NHS regions are refusing to supply it, driving
those in need to grow their own cannabis or risk buying possibly
contaminated materials from street dealers.
Dear Mr Buffry,
Thank you for your email.
will certainly listen carefully to the arguments put by the petition. I
am aware that official advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse
of Drugs continues to confirm that cannabis presents a significant risk
to public health, so I remain unconvinced that decriminalisation is the
The medicinal product derived from cannabis,
Sativex, has been approved by the body responsible for ensuring the
medicines available in the United Kingdom are of the correct standard
and are acceptably safe. The regulator believes Sativex is a safe and
effective medicine for patients with multiple sclerosis. I can't comment
on its pricing.
With best wishes,
Member of Parliament for Norwich North
Dear Ms Smith,
Thank you for your reply. Please understand that cannabis law is an
issue about whether or not people should be punished by law for growing
or possessing cannabis for own use and do no harm or cause no risk to
That question is irrespective of any harm the user may do to themselves
and therefore the risk of using cannabis, which is very obviously lower
than from consuming alcohol or tobacco, is only an issue when it comes
to how such substances are controlled by law.
Leaving the commericial production and supply beyond control and in the
hands of criminal profiteers can only increase any risk to the consumers
through adulteraion or contamination - as was seen under the
prohibition of alcohol in the US. Check out what is happening in
Colorado and other US states that have legalised supply.
The law, as it stands, does far more harm than good, not least from creating criminal records for people that have no victims