The government has rejected a petition calling for a referendum on the legalisation of cannabis in Britain.
The petition has been signed by 26,000 people and would usually be debated in parliament once it reached 100,000 names.
A response to the petition says “this Government has no plans to legalise cannabis and there are no plans to hold a referendum on the matter” because “here is a substantial body of scientific and medical evidence to show that controlled drugs, such as cannabis, are harmful…”
The government is using the law that the petition disagrees with to justify rejecting the petition. So much for democracy…
However, given recent developments – including a poll in which the public backed selling cannabis like alcohol – that have seen the government shift slightly under public pressure, there is every reason to keep pushing the petition and getting the number of backers over the 100,000 line by the deadline of September. The more pressure on the government the better.
So keep sharing it and make sure friends and family are adding their names to show the government that we mean it when we demand legalisation!