It is disturbing to see Court cases where there are no victims and the only losers are the defendant and the taxpayers and one should be forgiven for thinking such cases to be politically or religiously motivated.
Sadly this is happening daily throughout the country in particular the likes of those prosecuted for possession or cultivation of cannabis for their own use in private.
It is even more shocking when these people are sent to prison for growing plants for medicinal use whilst GW Pharmaceuticals are licensed to grow tens if not hundreds of thousands of the same plants that they use to produce their highly profitable and expensive Sativex.
One incredible distinction made by Government is that Sativex is now scheduled in the UK as a drug with medicinal value whereas the plants themselves are still scheduled as a drug with no medical use.
Incredible to think that a pharmaceutical company is capable of creating a product with medicinal value from a plant with no medical value when the only difference is the alcohol used in the extraction process and the peppermint used in the flavouring.
It’s little short of a scientific miracle, magic or alchemy, like turning lead into gold.
Can you imagine a time when lead is in fact turned into gold but the process was limited to the rich and powerful and anyone else risks prison for even trying it – even possession of lead is illegal? I would call that tyranny.
That is what is happening in the UK and Neil Morgan’s recent imprisonment is one example.
Neil had been growing cannabis for his own use for many years and been sent to prisons and fined several times before his most recent case.
In all the cases there was nobody else involved, there were no victims, it was done in private, but despite Neil’s attempts to stand up for his Right to a Private Life, Neil was repeatedly punished by the courts.
So it does not take much to see that if Neil was doing no harm to anyone or causing no risk to public health the only reason why he was prosecuted at all – was due to laws made by politicians, law that seem to favour the profits of big businesses. How much longer will the public vote in these tyrannical prohibitionists that put law above Justice and profits above people? How much longer will we stand for it?
Maybe people would wake up if it was tea and not cannabis – if the only tea they could get was many times the price from the chemist – of course cannabis and tea are very different plants – for a start tea has less medicinal value and uses and cannabis is less toxic.
By Alun Buffry