Home Affairs Committee - Drugs: Breaking the CycleWritten evidence submitted by Dhiresh Tailor (DP007)

Hello, my name is Dhiresh Tailor and I am writing as a well knowledged cannabis user, outraged by the ignorant drug laws today (on cannabis).

How can someone who doesn’t know the correct facts about cannabis or who has never taken it, comment on its full dangers; because that is the level of sophistication shown by the UK government and other governments all around the world. It is time for us to all wake up, take in the real facts and be adults about it.

The least we can do is compare it to alcohol and cigarettes, both taxed drugs.

These two drugs are some of the biggest leaders of death, but they are a choice which people take if they wish.

This is exactly the same way we need to look at cannabis. Also keep in mind that no one has ever died directly from cannabis use or cannabis overdose (which is impossible, because you would have to smoked around £200,000 of cannabis in one hour to die—which we all can say is pretty impossible). It is a safe therapeutic drug, I have used large amounts and have functioned well—never to find myself with side effects the next morning.

You find people from all parts of today’s society—mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties and even grandparents smoking or eating cannabis today. Cannabis does not segregate, people from all around the world have used it. It dates back 4,000 years ago, and if that is not culturally significant then why should alcohol be legal?

Safer ways to consume it have been made, with the best being “vaporizers” which only extract a thin vapour of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and leave behind all carcinogens (possible cancer causing agents).

There are two reasons to why cannabis is still illegal in my opinion.

The first is the simple fact that it is very hard for the government to go back on itself after decades of making a harmless drug illegal. They simply don’t have the courage to admit that a mistake has been made. The easy way is to keep it illegal and spread rumours about “brain damage”, “potential for cancer”—where scientific research has found the exact opposite, where “brain growth” has been attributed to cannabis use and cancer treatment/curing.

The second is that there are too many companies and corporations which are making money from cannabis being illegal ($’s and £’s are clearly more important than the truth).

Do you think 1,000s of pharmaceutical drugs would be useless when cannabis could be used to treat ailments—safely. This is billions of pounds of loss for a pharmaceutical company.

There are even more examples I can give if needed.

I ask whoever reading this just to do one thing. Read the real facts and inform your higher order. Please at least show some sympathy for the people in jail for having a joint.

Thank you for your time.

December 2011

Prepared 8th December 2012