Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Countdown -

Bri­tish pol­i­tics is stale. It is time for some­thing new, time for a new gen­er­a­tion to make its voice heard.

By giv­ing me your vote on May 7, you will be elect­ing some­one who will bring your views to the heart of West­min­ster.

I chose to stand as a can­di­date for CISTA be­cause I want to ad­dress an im­por­tant is­sue which other politi­cians have con­stantly cho­sen to avoid.

In 2012 the Home Af­fairs Com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that the gov­ern­ment re­view the UK’s drug laws. Three years later and th­ese rec­om­men­da­tions have yet to be acted upon.

If elected to par­lia­ment I will work end­lessly to bring about a Royal Com­mis­sion to re­view the UK’s drug laws. Cur­rently th­ese laws are based on prej­u­dice and mis­con­cep­tion. It is time for our laws to be based in­stead on facts and ev­i­dence.

The first thing I would look to achieve from a Royal Com­mis­sion is the le­gal­i­sa­tion of cannabis.

Aca­demic re­search has shown that cannabis has a range of medic­i­nal prop­er­ties and benefits. Des­per­ately ill peo­ple in Italy, Ger­many, Fin­land and many other coun­tries can al­ready use cannabis for med­i­cal pur­poses – why can’t we?

I also be­lieve that we should fol­low the ex­am­ple of Colorado and some other US states, where cannabis is avail­able for pur­chase for recre­ational pur­poses from reg­u­lated and li­censed dis­pen­saries – just like al­co­hol and tobacco.

This sort of le­gal­i­sa­tion would in­crease tax rev­enues by up to £1bil­lion per year and cre­ate a reg­u­lated in­dus­try which would of­fer new job op­por­tu­ni­ties to thou­sands, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously halt­ing the mas­sive waste of po­lice re­sources squan­dered pros­e­cut­ing a failed War on Cannabis.

If elected to par­lia­ment I will con­tinue to en­gage with the com­mu­nity of Hamil­ton West and Ruther­glen, ad­dress­ing the is­sues which mat­ter to you most. It’s time for change.

Yvonne Maclean

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