Legalise cannabis UK campaign boosted as study says it would ease burden on NHS – Birmingham Live
More than a third of Birmingham people believe cannabis legalisation would lead to less of a burden on the NHS, reveals a new survey.
Other benefits mentioned include tax revenues, increased quality for users, and less alcohol related problems.
Amazingly, three quarters of Brummies are not aware medical marijuana is now legal.
The same number think the war on drugs has failed.
Cannabis – also called marijuana – contains chemical compounds including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
In the UK, you can get a prescription for oil made from CBD because it won’t get you high.
However, THC is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
And there is an interesting link to alcohol.
Recent studies claim the reduction in overall alcohol consumption in the USA is directly linked to the rise of medical marijuana legislation in multiple states.
In fact, states in which medical marijuana is legal showed almost a 15 per cent reduction in monthly alcohol sales, and in states where recreational marijuana is legal, sales dropped by 20 per cent.
A survey by CBDoil.co.uk found that Brits feel it would create less of a strain on the NHS if marijuana – currently a Class B drug – was legalised across the country.
The survey questioned 3,000 respondents and found that just over a third (36 per cent) of Brummies who support legalisation believe its main benefit would be less of a burden on the NHS.
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In addition, 12 per cent believe legalisation will lead to an increase in quality for users.
At the moment, low-quality cannabis with a high THC (psychoactive compound) content comprises a startling 94 per cent of the drug sold on the streets of major cities.
These low-grade strains can cause psychosis due to the fact that they are unregulated.
Fourteen per cent of respondents in Birmingham also feel the legalisation of cannabis would result in an increased tax revenue for the country.
This has happened in the USA, where the economic benefits of legalisation are already apparent in states like Colorado where revenues have reached a new high – in 2015, the state collected more than $135 million in taxes on medical and recreational marijuana.
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Additionally, 10 per cent of supporters of marijuana legislation in Birmingham feel it would alleviate the number of alcohol-related problems in the UK.
Since November 2018, Brits have been legally able to access medicinal marijuana.
However, it turns out the majority of people are actually unaware of the cannabis law with 64 per cent of respondents saying they had no clue medical marijuana was legal in the UK.
Broken down by different parts of the UK, the study found that 75 per cent of Brummies were unaware medical marijuana has been legalised.
The study also discovered that over half of Brits would report a neighbour whom they suspected of smoking cannabis, and three-quarters feel the war on drugs has failed.
One third (34 per cent) of respondents think that a cannabis store in their area would make a positive contribution.
Mark Fawcett of CBDoil said: “It’s important that people are aware of the incredible benefits that cannabis can have as well as the legislations in place which allow its use.
“CBD oil can effectively relieve things like stress levels, insomnia and anxiety, and improve general wellbeing.”
This article originally appeared here in https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/health/legalise-cannabis-uk-campaign-boosted-16443154