Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett writes
More than 2 million people in Britain smoked cannabis last year, and last month private analysis by the Treasury found that legalising cannabis would raise taxes worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The savings to the criminal justice system would be enormous. Anyone who has come into contact with people who either use cannabis as pain relief or grow it for people who do knows the argument for legalisation is not just persuasive but a matter of social duty to those whose quality of life can be unbearable as a result of chronic illness. In addition, it’s embarrassing that we are actually behind the US on a progressive issue.