Decision Maker Response
John Leech’s response
Feb 22, 2013 — I am currently opposed to the decriminalisation of cannabis as things stand. The reason for this is I think we need an educated discussion about full legality and certain clarification should be put in place before this can happen. I don't feel that sufficient educated discussion has taken place so far.
That said, I don't think we need a strong clamp down on people currently using cannabis for personal use. However, introducing rules where by growing for personal use could be legalised would be currently unworkable. I think that the boundaries can be too easily blurred between what is personal and what is scaled cultivation.
Cannabis use as a whole comes in many different forms - some far more abusive than just personal occasional use. When looking at changing laws you have to view it as a whole with laws that must be the same for everyone.
I am not totally opposed to significant reform in the future, but would only support a change when I think it will do more harm than good. Hasty legislation, as we have seen just causes confusion among public and police. It is only through careful discussion that a sensible conclusion may be reached and I fully support the ongoing functioning of the Advisory Council of the Misuse of Drugs. I know this subject is still alive and well within this council and the Home Office and I will certainly continue to make my views known on the matter.