Three more English police forces have followed suit with Durham in turning a blind eye to those that grow Cannabis for their own personal use.
Surrey, Dorset and Derbyshire follow Durham who announced they would not pursue small time cannabis growers as long as its for personal use.
Although the government has not officially decriminalised cannabis which is a class B drug according to the law, this is a step in the right direction and we can expect to see other forces following suit.
This is great news for people who want to grow cannabis for cannabis oil which can be used to treat a number of illnesses and terminal diseases and for those who have been campaigning for the ban to be lifted completely.
Steve Rolles, policy analyst for drug reform campaign group Transform, told the Telegraph: “There are other police authorities that are doing similar things but they are not shouting about it.”
He echoed the view that funding was driving the shift in policing methods.
“As police forces face increasing cuts they will have to make these decisions. I do not see this as an ideological position but a resource issue, directing their limited resources towards where they are needed,” he said.
A petition for the full legalization of marijuana in the UK had collected more than 130,000 signatures in just four days, which means lawmakers must now consider debating it in parliament or at least officially respond to the query.
“Legalizing cannabis could bring in £900 million ($1.396 billion) in taxes every year, save £400 million ($620 million) on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs,” says the appeal, which appears on the government’s petitions website.
The campaign also argues that cannabis is “safer than alcohol”