Home Affairs Committee - Drugs: Breaking the CycleWritten evidence submitted by Joseph Burnham (DP112)

1. Introduction

My name is Joseph Burnham, I am 20 years old and over the last few years I have seen time and time again the failures of the Governments’ drug policies concerning cannabis. The laws themselves do more harm than the cannabis does—particularly to young people who are branded for life as criminals for simple possession of a drug which is proven to be substantially less harmful than alcohol. An excellent point of reference for this is the NHS “A summary of the health harms of drugs”.1

I have spent years researching the facts and evidence surrounding cannabis, and I have come to fully support the UK political party Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR) in its aims and objectives. These are as follows:

2. CLEAR’s Aims and Objectives

To end the prohibition of cannabis.

To promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors.

To introduce a system of regulation for the production and supply of cannabis based on facts and evidence.

To encourage the production and use of industrial hemp.

To educate and inform about the uses and benefits of cannabis.

January 2012

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

Prepared 8th December 2012