This is possibly the most vague pronouncement yet from our Glorious Gubmint, which is famous for its hot air, lies and spin.
They say they are going to decriminalise, not legalise the stuff. Now in theory, that means they are to remove all laws relating to cannabis, rather than introduce new ones. I can't see that happening.
And what are they going to decriminalise? Growing the stuff? Supplying? Using? Knowing our lot, they'll decriminalise the use, but keep a ban in place for growing and supplying so you are free to smoke your spliff but you can't get one to smoke in the first place.
Our new Minister for Drugs says that he tried drugs [presumably cannabis] when he was a student but had not taken any illegal drugs. He slides around this by saying he was in Amsterdam at the time, which shows just how daft the legal system is. Smoke in Amsterdam and you're fine, but do the same thing here and you're a criminal.
He also says that he believes that "someone who has an addiction issue should be dealt with through the health system and not the criminal justice system". I completely agree, but how does he reconcile this with our current anti-smoking laws? They are forever spouting that Nicotine is so fucking addictive [more addictive than Heroin!] so why are smokers treated like criminals?
All in all, a lot of hot air and confusion. I more than suspect that this is just a new minister trying to get his name the papers.
I wish he'd make his plans clear though.
Us horticulturalists have to plan ahead.