UK Commission Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Possession, Marijuana Cultivation

A United Kingdom commission made up of leading scientists, academics, law enforcement officers and other experts is recommending decriminalization of drug possession in small quantities and of cultivation of marijuana.

The recommendations are the result of a six-year study by the UK Drug Policy Commission, whose members include the former head of the British Medical Research Council and the former chief inspector of constabulary. The commission points to the success of countries like Portugal, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in decriminalizing possession, and to evidence that the relative harms of alcohol and tobacco make different policy treatment for drugs “difficult to justify.” In addition to recommending moves toward decriminalization, the commission suggests review of the penalties for supply and distribution of drugs, and of the process for classifying drugs.

Taking drugs does not always cause problems, but this is rarely acknowledged by policy makers. In fact most users do not experience significant problems, and there is some evidence that drug use can have benefits in some circumstances. […]

With some 42,000 people in England & Wales sentenced annually for drug possession offences and about 160,000 given cannabis warnings, this amounts to a lot of time and money for police, prosecution and courts. On top of this comes the cost to the individual in terms of damage to employment prospects. Some people who do develop drug problems may also be put off from seeking help earlier because they are doing something illegal.

To address these costs, there is evidence to suggest that the law on the possession of small amounts of controlled drugs, for personal use only, could be changed so that it is no longer a criminal offence.

– Read the entire article at ThinkProgress.



  1. Denis on

    Back in 1972 a commission in Canada (named LeDain) recommended decriminalization of cannabis yet the gouvernment literally ignored it. The question remains what are commissions good for if our politicians just sweep it under the rug!

  2. Paul Pot on

    The only thing missing from 1984 was the drugs, that was the only thing George Orwell didn’t see coming but he got the rest right.
    Drug prohibition is now the premier method of social control.
    Deny people their nature and their medicine, make them fear nature and their neighbor.
    It’s a continuation of the Inquisition and the Nazi extermination of minority groups.
    Their is nothing to fear from cannabis, opium, khat or kratom, or the people who use these herbs.
    These natural originals are far safer than the synthetic alternatives sold on the streets and in pharmacies.
    Cannabis and opium are wild growing annuals that grow easily from seed.
    They are meant to be everywhere, easily and cheaply available to anyone who needs them.
    People all over the world are living agony and dying early deaths because our ruling elite is offended by the fact that some people can medicate or relax by the fruits of their own gardens without paying a substantial portion of their income to a brewer or pharmacist.
    These herbs are so safe and work so well because we have lived with them and used them for thousands of years. It is a symbiotic relationship. They need us as much as we need them. Before marijuana prohibition there was 8 billion hectares of cannabis in the world, it was a major plant species.
    How can you regulate something like that?
    Regulating against nature that way is an act of genocide.
    Remove all laws banning natural products.
    People when given responsibility over their own lives generally behave responsibly.
    There is absolutely no need to police peoples personal lives and their gardens.