16 Nov How to Respond to MPs’ Standard Approach on Cannabis
During the build-up to the cannabis debate that took place on Monday, 12th October, we asked CLEAR members to contact their Members of Parliament (MPs) to ensure their interests were properly represented.
Many of the responses received were much the same as we have been seeing for years.
There are standardised paragraphs used on the subject of cannabis, the same even from different parties. Besides the typically embellished and politically neutral answers, I have identified four recurring points that are perceived as strong evidence against cannabis legalisation (or even rescheduling). I have also compiled some evidence that anyone with internet access (including MPs, they are humans too!) can find:
If your MP brings up any of these points, remind them that the truth is not as clear as they think it is; there is growing evidence that the War on Drugs has failed, and alternate drug systems help the country and its people more than prohibition. Logic and reason are our best tools to shape public opinion with cannabis, and we must use them wisely to refute these sensationalist claims.
André joined CLEAR as an intern in August 2015 and has been assisting us with the news feed, along with other projects, including the CLEAR database. He is Portuguese and currently studies Politics at the University of Bath.