The problem with medical cannabis in the UK, and why it has doubled in price since 2004, making life a lot harder for some.
The last government had a peculiarly Stalinist approach to public wellbeing. It created over 1200 new laws, a record number for any government, many of which reflect a naïve belief that these would change public behaviour. Some were clearly stupid; thinking that drinkers would be deterred from behaving badly when drunk for fear of legal sanctions misses the point that many people get drunk deliberately to lose the inhibitions that such sanctions bring!
Perhaps the most pernicious principle of law was the one declared in 2005 by way of a decision of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) which did not, prior to the hearing, make it into the public arena for discussion, nor was the reasoning the product of debates in Parliament. The effect of this decision is to deny the defence of necessity to those growing or possessing cannabis to treat medical conditions for which other treatments were…
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