The present policy abandons control to organised crime and street dealers.
If cannabis were properly controlled, it would be taken out of the hands of criminals.
Growing, importing, distributing and retailing would become legitimate businesses, subject to proper control and regulation.
CLEAR’s policies are based on independent, expert research carried out by the Independent Drug Monitoring Unit in 2011.
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CLEAR’s detailed proposals for cannabis regulation so as to minimise all health and social harms of cannabis, protect the vulnerable and allow access to medicinal cannabis
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Dear [Full name of MP]
I am writing to you about the illegal trade in cannabis.
You will be aware that, despite all the effort the government has put into enforcing prohibition over the past 40 or so years and recent claims of a reduction in use not withstanding, cannabis remains a very popular substance, used by millions of British people.
The massive market is serviced by an army of “underground” dealers. This massive industry is totally uncontrolled and unregulated. To be blunt, we have no idea who sells cannabis, what strength or potency the product they sell has, nor what contamination may be added to the product and, of course, here are no measures to to protect vulnerable people such as age limits for sales. Indeed, cannabis cannot be claimed to be a “controlled drug” in any plain english use of the word “controlled”.
If there is any truth in the claims of harm from high potency cannabis or use by children, this is clearly a very unsatisfactory situation that has gone on for far too long.
Therefore, will you support demands for a review of the drug laws as they apply to cannabis. with a view to ending prohibition and properly controlling and regulating the commercial trade?
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