Home Affairs Committee - Drugs: Breaking the CycleWritten evidence submitted by Martin Hand (DP026)

My name is Martin, I am a 24 year old, unemployed male. I have been unemployed since I was a victim of the black market. I was viciously assaulted by thugs, just so they could steal a little bit of medicinal cannabis. They broke my arm and stabbed me in the hand, all for a petty bit of cannabis, £6 billion criminal market is worth, with all associated harms and that this is all totally disproportionate to the harms of cannabis itself. It is my human right to use cannabis, hemp and its associated products. That £6 billion could be in the Governments’ pockets, I’d be more than happy to pay my way through taxes. According to the IDMU report “taxing the UK cannabis market”, £500 million is spent every year on the criminal justice system for cannabis alone of which £200 million is for police costs. Do you think this is an effective use of money? I don’t. Could it be better spent? I think so, and I’m not talking about buying more bombs and bullets to blast the Middle East with.1

I am writing to you to express my thoughts about cannabis, and how I should have the right to clean, safe medicine, without the risk of thugs coming through my door to steal it or the risk of having to see drug dealers and their tainted goods. Let’s face it, prohibition has been a huge failure, The “war on drugs” is responsible for more death, destruction and despair than any other war. History has shown that prohibition creates far more problems than it solves. In the 21st century we should expect far better solutions from our policy makers and governments, I don’t live in the stone age and I don’t want to be dictated to by a bunch of Fabian and demos fascists, hiding under the disguise of democracy, because let’s face it, the Government has hardly been democratic when it comes to cannabis.

All evidence contradicts Government policy, of course, that is why you sacked Professor David Nutt when he told the truth and totally contradicted you. I would like to point you in the direction of this recent NHS document.2

The above document shows the health harms of cannabis are very, very modest. Compared to alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, medicines you can buy over the counter and even energy drinks, cannabis is less harmful. While on the subject of health, there is overwhelming evidence that cannabis is a potent medicine, please take the time to read this NORML publication. Cannabinoids are highly beneficial to the human body. Raw cannabis is an extremely nutritious vegetable, hemp seed is also highly nutritious.3

Please take the following into consideration, it’s time you gave me my rights back.

January 2012

1 http://clear-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/TaxUKCan.pdf

2 www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/healthharmsfinal-v1.pdf

3 http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/recent-research-on-medical-marijuana

Prepared 8th December 2012