Marijuana in UK update 2019

There’s no any hot information, except only one curious rather than significant fact that a group of British MPs (that stands for ‘Member of Parliament’) have visited Canada recently for scientific purpose to find out how marijuana works, to see the charts, study economic effects, etc. And since then they speak in favour of recreational cannabis in UK.

Marijuana in UK - David Lammy, British MP
David Lammy, MP
Marijuana in UK - Sir Norman Lamb, British MP
Sir Norman Lamb, MP

“I want the cannabis market legalised, regulated and taken away from crime gangs,” says Labour MP David Lammy: Cannabis to be fully legal in UK within years, – find the videoclips by this url on ‘Independent’ showing Sir Norman Lamb using cannabis oil, the first British politician to consume marijuana on camera.

Cannabis Law UK

Hemp flower is in fact a controlled drug no matter what the THC content is, and there is no legal difference between hemp plant in UK or marijuana plant in UK they are all ‘cannabis plant’, a Class B controlled substance.

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, section 37:

“Cannabis” (except in the expression “cannabis resin”) means any plant of the genus Cannabis or any part of any such plant (by whatever name designated) except that it does not include cannabis resin or any of the following products after separation from the rest of the plant, namely —

(a) mature stalk of any such plant,

(b) fibre produced from mature stalk of any such plant, and

(c) seed of any such plant; (follow the url, first-class seeds they deliver to UK)

Whether it is hemp or cannabis – it makes no separate distinction. Only the Stalk and Seed become non controlled and therefore legal, once separated from the plant. Everything else remains a controlled Class B drug and carries severe penalties.

 

Recent Marijuana Legalization in New York State does not support vapes

It’s unlikely that New York State is going to a complete marijuana legalisation this year, many sources predict, but the recent decriminalization however has just passed in July 2019. Now the cannabis law of New York allows (or more accurate – decriminalises) the possession of less than 2 ounces which is about 28g of a… ready original bud, by that leaving no space for vapes, oils, concentrates, and other “medical” means of marijuana consumption in New York. From the other hand — this Marijuana Bill is certainly a great deal for the home growers who can now breathe relatively freely until it is a smoke and not a vaporisation.

This new marijuana decriminalisation bill of New York State, sponsored by Senator Jamaal T Bailey, also reduce the monetary penalties: setting it to $50 if less than an ounce of bud in your pocket, and “one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing marihuana and the preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances are of an aggregate weight of more than one ounce” is punishable by a $200 fine.

Legalization in New York State does not support vapes or any other medical marijuana except the original bud

Be warned about that this legalization in New York State which has just arrived, in practice it is still a Decriminalisation, which is a police record for you and simply ‘is not right’, and the more important message is: Attention! The Concentrates are defined separately from Marijuana under New York Penal Law 220, and the Bill does not change it and if one is busted for a vape pen or any other means of rosin or oil then it’s still punishable by one year in jail, and the fine $1000.

Why is so?

I think the reason is that it goes slow rather than unwillingly, and the economics is not the last thing. First of all, it does not look like the war on plants suddenly continues in New York, but these are all steps to the proper legalization. The city is a big melting pot, huge touristic destination, huge economic importance – they surely must be slow and extremely careful with the cannabis related decisions. This new Decriminalization Bill clearly protects the home growers and the personal use. Even though the vapes are for personal use too, but there’s another side of the Moon – the CBD, and both thc microdosing and cbd microdosing form now the most emerging part of the whole cannabis market, and I think it should be hard enough to predict the possible influence of total legalization if it is too fast in such a complicated economic structure like New York City, having no reliable reference, being practically a pioneers – nobody want it to go unstable. Okay now it appears like it is a strong and careful decision rather than stupid or corrupted or whatever else opinions may exist in internet. Making it all peacefully is important, eh.

Head image by Bruce Emmerling