A letter to my MP about the current UK Drug Policy

Russell Brand has influenced this letter for sure:

Here’s the letter I sent to my local MP:

“Dear Catherine McKinnell MP,

My name is Annie and I’m contacting you on behalf of myself and my partner. We currently live in Newcastle and wanted to contact you regarding an issue that we feel needs addressing.

We don’t want to take up a lot of your time so I’ll try to make this as concise and clear as possible.

For a long time we have both felt that the state of the current UK Drug Policy is damaging and harmful. There are many examples, over a long period of time that show the current Government’s attitude to Drug Policy is at best, not working. At worst, it’s a policy which does more harm than good and criminalises people who need compassion and medical support.

I’m sure you are aware of Professor Nutt’s 2008 unceremonial sacking as the chairman of the New Labour Government’s own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs when he reported his findings regarding reclassification of substances based on their harm to individuals and society.

This was an attempt to look into this issue based on scientific evidence, which is exactly what is needed. How do we know if something is working if we simply refuse to look at the evidence gathered rationally and objectively?

More recently the Home Secretary Theresa May forced through a bill which banned the substance Khat, against all scientific advice (http://www.drugscience.org.uk/media/press-releases/). Khat is almost exclusively used by Somalian communities in the UK and presented no clear threat to public safety at all.

We would like to suggest you read a recent article which highlights the current damage done by the draconian policy of the ‘War on Drugs’ , which we very much agree with and which explains the issues better than we can: http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/ending-war-on-drugs.html.

One consequence of the current drug policy for example, is that any substance which may have a beneficial medical or therapeutic use, is almost impossible to research if it happens to be illegal. We think it’s ludicrous and inhumane to retard medical research like this.

The MP Caroline Lucas is currently calling for a cost-benefit analysis into the current drug laws (http://www.carolinelucas.com/media.html/2014/02/13/caroline-%E2%80%93-we%E2%80%99ve-achieved-a-major-step-towards-a-humane-drugs-policy/) and if you agree with what we’ve said, we would ask that you support this.

There are many things that we are angry at with the current Conservative Government but their point-blank refusal to look at this issue and simply consider the objective data and evidence (this is all we are asking), makes us very concerned that this is another idealogically-driven campaign that harms the most vulnerable in society.

Thanks for your time.”

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