LETTER: ‘The UK should follow Colorado’s example by legalising Cannabis’

12:35 06 February 2016

Like Prohibition in 1920s USA, the illegalisation of drugs has created a bonanza for drug dealers and a gigantic pyramid selling operation where drug takers become petty dealers themselves to fund their habit.

The experience of Colorado in the USA is instructive. On January 1, 2014 the state of Colorado legalised Cannabis and made it available through licensed outlets to those aged 21 and over.

Since then, the legalisation of Cannabis has put most illegal drug dealers in Colorado out of business and led to a dramatic fall in the number of people taking heroin and other hard drugs.

In February 2015, the state of Colorado reported that tax collection figures for 2014 reached a total of $44 million from recreational Cannabis with a further $32 million collected from fees on the industry and pre-existing taxes on medical Cannabis.

These sales and excise tax figures do not include the corporate and personal income taxes generated by businesses and employees working in the state’s Cannabis industry.

Part of the $76 million has been ploughed back into social programmes including anti-Cannabis education of minors and drug counselling services which help addicts come off heroin and other hard drugs.

It is time for the UK to follow Colorado’s example by legalising Cannabis and, by doing so, put drug dealers out of business.

JOHN SMITHEE

Via email

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Wisbech Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Wisbech Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Wisbech Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

A crew from Wisbech and five from Norfolk were called to a fire at a disused building in Old Lynn Road last night.

Reports of people calling the emergency services to help animals are increasing, according to figures from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Yesterday, 14:49

Police are appealing for witnesses to the robbery which happened in Outwell last week.

10:00

Wisbech Grammar School raised an impressive £6,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice thanks to its annual Michaelmas ball.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up