The Billy Caldwell case has united the public behind medical legalisation, but how close are we to joining Canada, the US and Holland in testing the recreational and financial benefits of a fully taxed cannabis cafe culture? And what would it cost? Esquire takes a closer look at where we are on the issue right now
This week the Cannabis Act passed in Canada making it the second country to legalise recreational use of the drug following Uruguay in 2013. “We’ve just witnessed a very historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition,” Canadian senator Tony Dean told reporters yesterday following the vote.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced the legislation last year and celebrated its passing saying that it had become, “too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits.”
In the UK the debate over legalising the drug has been reignited by the case of Billy Caldwell, the 12-year-old boy who had the cannabis oil he uses to treats his life-threatening epilepsy confiscated at Heathrow Airport earlier this month.
In response to the case, former secretary of state William Hague declared that the war on drug has been ‘comprehensively lost‘. Writing for the Daily Telegraph Hague said that, “It must now be asked whether Britain should join the many other countries that permit medical-grade marijuana, or indeed join Canada in preparing for a lawful, regulated market in cannabis for recreational use as well.”
Change seems to be finally underway with Home Secretary Sajid Javid announcing a government review on the use of medical cannabis, which may pave the way to people being prescribed drugs from the plant.
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