The call for marijuana reform in the United Kingdom has increased several decibels in recent months.At the beginning of May, a UK doctor approved the nation’s first medical cannabis prescription, despite the fact that it is still illegal. The medicine was for young Billy Caldwell, an 11-year-old boy who suffers from intractable epilepsy.Less than two weeks later, the Liberal Democrats announced the total legalization of adult-use cannabis as a campaign promise.
This move was the first time a major political party in Britain had made marijuana reform a key initiative. At the same time, Prime Minister Theresa May suffered significant condemnation for what was perceived as ignorant “reefer-madness-esque” comments toward pot reform of any kind when she relied on the false “gateway drug” theory that cannabis use leads to harder drugs.
While the government and medical communities of the Queen’s nation continue to debate the issue, many police forces within the United Kingdom have made cannabis enforcement a low priority. The de-escalation that started a couple of years ago has reached the point where police are leaving polite notes for small illegal growers, rather than launching exhaustive investigations.
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