What’s this has to do with Cannabis law reform is it provides a wonderful metaphor for prohibition and, specifically, where we are now with events.
There is no excuse for a policy that actually increases the amount of ignorance concerning the issue it claims to want to address, but that is what prohibition is designed to do.
So it was, perhaps, only a matter of time before someone who was getting a very real benefit from his use of cannabis, who was not causing any problem to anyone else with his cannabis use, should object to having his life torn apart and being dragged through the courts by this selective application of the law.
Apparently the Misuse of Drugs Act can’t apply to drugs which have widespread public acceptance according to the Home Office.
When prescribed pharmaceuticals fail, we have the ‘choice’ of obeying a blunt and pointless law that demands either our passive agony, or opting for a life worth living by breaking it. This is no choice at all.
Now the election is out of the way and Charles Clarke is no longer an MP, we have a tiny little bit of the drugs classification report released under the FOI ruling but the vast majority remains, to use the strange term for censorship, “redacted” by the big black pen pending the outcome of the appeal.