Application for cannabis cultivation licence
Re: Personal cannabis cultivation licences (High THC)
Further to my telephone enquiries I have been instructed by a Mr Howard Levitt at the Home Office that the department will not consider any applications for a personal licence to cultivate cannabis for personal medical purposes.
Would you confirm this decision in writing, and offer an explanation as to why there is a policy that signifies that you will not even consider my proposed personal application? Kindly address my concern that given that the law clearly envisages arrangements being made to accommodate different classes of persons with respect to different controlled drugs via Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 S 31 (1) (a), that a blanket refusal to examine the merits of such applications is unreasonable and unfair. Whilst I fully accept the Home Office has a duty to ensure that controlled substances are not misused, I submit that there is a lack proportionality inherent within the decision not to even consider making arrangements to supervise the access to such substances to persons where the risk/benefit balance would reasonably favour the applicant over any concern of the desired activity contributing to a social problem that might otherwise necessite a complete ban on the granting of such licences.
Kindly let me have your response asap and please me of any internal appeal or review procedure.
Desmond Humphrey (Cannabis Law Reform)