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V119 - Misuse of drugs (Legalization of Cannabis) Act 2009 watch

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    On the contrary No
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    Misuse of drugs (Legalization of Cannabis) Act 2009, (Liberal Democrat)
    Misuse of drugs (Legalization of Cannabis) Act 2009

    An Act clearing prisons of persons not deemed to be dangerous to society by removing some restrictions on sale and possession of cannabis.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent
    of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions
    of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1. Cannabis will no longer be unlawful for recreational or medicinal use.
    i) Premises will have to apply to there local county council for a license to serve cannabis. Any person or premises growing or selling cannabis without a license will be issued with a £5,000-£25,000 fine and the operator/owner of cannabis farm farm consisting of more than 0.5 kilograms of cannabis plant material will be subject to 4-10 years in prison.
    ii) A license obtained by the local council where both the warehouse where the cannabis will be stored and the area that it will be grown (if applicable) will be required to bring cannabis into the country and to grow it in the country. Cannabis growing farms will be required to be inside a locked building, and security will have to be present at all times.
    iii) A paper copy of the cannabis import license will have to be shown upon demand upon entering the country within 12 hours of arrival in the country at a local customs office.
    iiii) Any cannabis with a THC percentage of over 6% shall be illegal, and shall be treated as a class C drug.

    2. H.M. Prison's and fines.
    i) Anyone who is currently in prison for an offense covered by this act will be entitled to a retrial.
    ii) Any minor (under 18 years of age at date of arrest) will be issued a warning the first time they are found to be in possession of/attempting to purchase cannabis. Repeat offenders will have to attend a cannabis awareness meetings for one year and be issued a £100-200 on the fine and/or 5-25 hours community service.
    iii) Any person purchasing or attempting to purchase cannabis on behalf of anyone under the age of 18 will be issued with an £700-£1000 fine. Repeat offenders will be issued a £1000-£3000 fine and/or 1-3 years in prison.
    iv) Any premises caught supplying cannabis to under 18's will be given a warning and a £10,000 fine and a warning. Repeat offenses will lead to the suspension of the shops license to sell cannabis, alcohol, cigarettes or other age restricted products for up to 1 year. The cashier who made the sale, if they have not done everything in there power to verify the offender was over age, will be issued a £500 fine.

    3. Driving under the influence of Cannabis
    i) 'Driving under the influence of cannabis' will have a maximum sentence of 12 points on the offenders license, unlimited fine and/or up to 2 years in jail, at the discretion of the judge.
    ii) Causing death by driving under the influence of drugs will cause the immediate lose of the offenders license along with an unlimited fine and/or up to life imprisonment, at the discretion of the judge.
    iii) It will be an offense to refuse to give a saliva sample to the police if asked to do so by a police officer. This must be done within one hour of being escorted to a police station.

    4. It will be illegal to posses or smoke cannabis in certain areas.
    i) It will be illegal to smoke cannabis in public areas, enforceable by an £200 fine.
    ii) If any premises is found to have allowed section 2(ii) or 1(iii) or 1(vi) to be broken on there premises may also face an £5,000 fine if they did not reasonably attempt to stop these being broken on there premises.
    iii) It will be illegal to take any cannabis outside of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    5. Taxation and funds
    i) There will be an 80% excise duty on all sales of cannabis.
    ii) All money from fines and cannabis taxation will be split evenly between funding the NHS and education projects for schools cannabis education programs.
    iii) The NHS cannabis programs and School education will be funded by public funds until fines money is enough to support them.
    iv) VAT shall be put into public funds to be spent as the government sees fit.

    6. Extent
    i) This Bill will apply to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
    ii) Section 5(ii) and Section 5(iii) will come into force on the day of royal assent, all other sections will come into force 1 year after royal assent.
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    iii) It will be an offense to refuse to give a saliva sample to the police if asked to do so by a police officer. This must be done within one hour of being escorted to a police station.
    This bothers me. I'd go aye otherwise. I dunnnoooooo.
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    Its simply to allow the police to test for drugs. It was urine till the problems with that were pointed out.
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    (Original post by DayneD89)
    Its simply to allow the police to test for drugs. It was urine till the problems with that were pointed out.
    Though I have voted no, I would like to thank the Liberal Democrat Leader for including saliva testing.
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    Always happy for constructive critisism , and the party didnt object to it being changed after we found it could be tested for from saliver.
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    (Original post by DayneD89)
    Always happy for constructive critisism , and the party didnt object to it being changed after we found it could be tested for from saliver.
    I would like to congratulate the Rt. Honourable member on actually getting someone in his party to actually write a bill (and a decent one at that), its nice to see the Lib Dems a little more active (than simply their leader being active).

    Although Ive voted no on this particular bill simply because i object wasting the houses time debating this again.
 
 
 
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