Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health, and there are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities. The latest evidence from the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is that the use of cannabis is a significant public health issue.
Cannabis can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society. Legalisation of cannabis would not eliminate the crime committed by the illicit trade, nor would it address the harms associated with drug dependence and the misery that this can cause to families. Despite the potential opportunity offered by legalisation to raise revenue through taxation, there would be costs in relation to administrative, compliance and law enforcement activities, as well as the wider costs of drug prevention and health services.
I am glad that medicinal cannabis was legalised at the end of last year and it is right that the need for it must be demonstrated before it can be prescribed. However those that can demonstrate such a need should not be presented with unnecessary obstacles to obtaining their prescription.