There’s no doubt that the viewpoint toward cannabis is changing around the world. Over the last decade, there have been more countries, states, and cities that have taken measures to decriminalize or even legalize the use, possession and cultivation of cannabis than ever before.
The latest country to announce that they will no longer be prosecuting those who possess or cultivate cannabis comes from the UK. The Durham Police Department made an official statement that they will no longer be prosecuting those who possess a small amount of cannabis, consume cannabis or cultivate small quantities for personal consumption. The goal of this new change is to save money and to reduce the number of individuals caught up within the criminal justice system.
While this does not fully legalize marijuana, it will save the city thousands of dollars every month, and they will be able to apply their law enforcement resources more productively toward violent crimes that might otherwise go unsolved. The police and crime commissioner in the area say they want to deal with individuals who consume small amounts of marijuana in a way that is fair and measured.
This doesn’t mean to go out and smoke cannabis in the town. Nor does this mean that you can freely distribute marijuana to others. What it does mean is if you are a casual cannabis consumer, the likelihood of you being prosecuted for the use of a plant have now been minimized, which is a significant step in the right direction.