Home Affairs Committee - Drugs: Breaking the CycleWritten evidence submitted by Mohammed Daud (DP031)

I believe that people should be able to decide for themselves, without the intervention of the government. The government is there to protect one person from another, not one person from themselves. This is a freedom we should be allowed. Keeping cannabis and other drugs illegal because they are harmful is not a good excuse (even though there is very little evidence for this). Using that logic, kitchen knives should be illegal to prevent people stabbing themselves, tobacco should be illegal and so on.

While I do agree, it can negatively affect driving and the operation of heavy machinery, rather than banning it completely, it should be sold with a warning on the packet (similar to tobacco). It is illegal now, yet more and more people are smoking it on a daily basis. If this is indeed the case, the laws passed by the government do not fairly represent the tax payer.

I watched a documentary where GW pharma had a huge grow operation for research and to create Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) products. If I was to do this, I’d never get permission, and would definitely be thrown in jail. This is not fair.

The people who sell cannabis right now are the same people who are willing to break the law and are known to steal from their customers. Do not give them this right. Instead, legalise it and let users buy without the fear of being robbed.

Please think about freedoms when you are reviewing drug policy.

January 2012

Prepared 8th December 2012