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BECKLEY FOUNDATION CANNABIS COMMISSION

The Beckley foundation, an UN recognized NGO will published its report on global cannabis policies. This report will address the shortcomings of the current cannabis prohibition.

It argues that although cannabis can have a damaging effect in health and on mental health, it is actually far less damaging than alcohol and tobacco. "Historically, there have only been two deaths worldwide attributed to cannabis, whereas alcohol and tobacco together are responsible for an estimated 150,000 deaths per annum in the UK alone," the report alleges.

Much of the harm associated with cannabis use is "the result of prohibition itself, particularly the social harms arising from arrest and imprisonment,"

The report states that “Retaining a criminal law on possession on the books as a handy tool for discretionary police use tends to result in discriminatory application of the law against the disadvantaged”.

Any state should be allowed to adopt, implement and evaluate its own cannabis regime within its borders (something the Dutch have bravely been doing for 30 years). This should however involve state licensing of entities producing, wholesaling and retailing the drug (much like tobacco and alcoholic beverages). The report also recommends “The state should control potency and quality, assure reasonably high prices and control access and availability in general and particularly to youth”.

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