What do you think about legalising cannabis in the UK?
Mike Barton, chief constable of the Durham police force, has called for the ban on cannabis to be scrapped, arguing that it damages public safety, puts users in more danger, and gives millions of pounds to organised criminals.
His comments came after former Conservative leader William Hague said the UK government’s drug policy is “inappropriate, ineffective and out of date”.
Hague was speaking after pressure mounted on the government to act in two high profile cases where medicinal cannabis was confiscated, but when Sajid Javid, the home secretary, announced a review on Wednesday he said it was not the first step towards legalisation of recreational consumption.
Last week Canada became the second country in the world to fully legalise marijuana, ending 90 years of prohibition, and in several countries, including Germany, Italy and Denmark its use with a prescription is legal.
We would like to find out what our readers think about the situation in the UK, both in terms of medicinal use and recreational. What should future legislation look like, and why?