Adult Cannabis Social Use
Why should cannabis be legalised in the UK?
Cannabis should be legalised in the UK because it is respectful to adults and evidence increasingly supports it is the right thing to do. Cannabis legalisation is a rights issue. The right to choose, the right to safe products, as well as further consumer rights we often take for granted. Cannabis legalisation will decrease crime associated with cannabis whilst giving cannabis consumers back the right to call the police without fear of being arrested for cannabis.
Cannabis should be legalised in the UK because maintaining the current policy of prohibition is losing the economy billions of pounds every year whilst making very little impact. In fact, the illicit cannabis market is increasing in size. Taxpayers deserve to see their money put to better use like, schools, hospitals and harm reduction messaging.
Cannabis legalisation will protect the youth from having access to purchase it so easily. It will help prevent young people from becoming involved with drug dealing and a criminal lifestyle. Cannabis should be legalised because it is scientifically proven to cause less harm to consumers than alcohol or tobacco do. Threatening people with criminalisation and sanctions for making a sensible and informed decision is viewed as unethical to many in the 21st century.
Cannabis legalisation will divert money away from organised crime groups and modern slavery and make it taxable without infringing human rights and workers ethics. Cannabis should be legalised to add 20,000 jobs to the UK work force, contributing to the reduction of unemployment and giving people a better quality of life with workers rights and greater life prospects.
How much will cannabis legalisation with a regulated adult use market add to the UK economy?
Here are a list of the UK cannabis statistics:
- Percent of UK population using cannabis in 2022.
- Number of people in prison currently.
- Annual cost of cannabis prisoners total.
- Number of people stop and searched for cannabis in 2022.
- Number of people arrested for cannabis in 2022.
- Number of people charged for cannabis in 2022.
Why cannabis social clubs are a suitable option for UK legalisation?
Cannabis Social Clubs have been active in the UK since 2011 and have since become well established. Some police forces in the UK cooperate with CSC’s who they feel have the right intentions.
Cannabis Social Clubs are respectful establishments, offering a discreet public face to adult accessibility. Cannabis retail shops as seen in America, Canada and the Netherlands raise concerns to the safety of vulnerable people and children. The discrete nature of CSCs means members of the public may not know a venue is a CSC.
Cannabis social clubs are internationally accepted.
Spain who pioneered the model, has the highest number of Cannabis Social Clubs in the world. Members grow and share cannabis through the club, or if they cannot grow their own, the club grows for them collectively, making it available at fair prices. There are over 1000 CSCs in Barcelona.
Germany’s government announced in 2023 they will be introducing a policy to legalise cannabis, with CSC’s being the preferred model to cannabis retail shops. The non-profit model offers a non-commercial opportunity to remove the cannabis market from the grips of organised crime groups and allow home and collective cultivation for limited social distribution.
Malta has also taken the necessary steps to start legislating cannabis social club at a national level after legalising adult private use in 2022. Clubs limited to 500 people will be able to grow their own cannabis for private members, who must be Maltese citizens.
Uruguay provided Cannabis Social Clubs as one of the three options to access cannabis when it became the first country to federally legalise cannabis in 2013. Consumers can but it from a pharmacy, grow their own or have a CSC grow it for the in a communal garden, sharing the production costs.
How the UKCSC would like to see Cannabis Social Clubs licenced and regulated.
Licenced venues. Home cultivation. Licenced production. Tested products. Gives back to the local community.
At the UKCSC we believe Cannabis Social Club venues and cultivation facilities should be authorised and licensed by local council licencing authorities. Clubs would be non-profit, require membership to join with proof of ID, and limit membership numbers to 1,500 per club.
CSC’s should be able to cultivate their own plants to meet membership demand and use third party testing to ensure and prove it is safe for human consumption, in the same way medical cannabis has to meet strict consumer safety criteria. Members should be able to sell excess product to CSC’s as long as it meets the same standardised safety profile.
Cannabis Social Clubs should be able to trade produce between licenced CSC’s, providing the correct paperwork and certification of authenticity.
They already hold the same responsibilities for licencing bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, meaning there would be no need for the creation of a whole new department. They already have the staff and experience to execute the necessary monitoring of CSC’s.
Cannabis Social Club licence fee revenue generated would go back into the local communities and be at the discretion of the local council on how it used to benefit the public.