Despite petition, government has no plans to legalise cannabis

Legalisation would ‘send the wrong message’, it says, but large number of signatories means MPs must consider a parliamentary debate
The Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

uk-petitionThe government has responded to a 200,000-strong petition calling for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK by saying it has no plans to change the law. In response to the petition, which was hosted on the government’s official e-petitions website, it said: “Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health. There are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.” (See also: Cannabis petition forces MPs to consider debating legalisation)