EU cannabis petition requires one million signatures
By Chris Bovey
Recently we reported how over 100,000 signatures were obtained to force a debate by a committee of backbench Members of Parliament to look at whether Parliament should discuss an impact assessment on the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
The drugs petition was sponsored by Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, and looked destined to fail, given that it only had just under 50,000 signatures, with only one week left before it closed.
That all changed with the help of celebrity endorsement from the likes of Richard Branson, Russell Brand and the campaigning website Avaaz. In the last week around 85,000 people signed with a final tally of 133,232 signatories.
That petition is now closed and MPs will be forced to at least debate the issue, now we are asking you to sign another petition, but this time we need one million signatures.
This is not such an unachievable target, since it is an EU citizen’s initiative about cannabis with the witty title “Weed like to talk“, and needs one million signatures from people living in the EU.
The UK will need almost 55,000 signatures, and so far only 813 people in the UK have signed it. The initiative was launched last November and we have until November 20th this year to get one million signatures from across the European Union.
This needs to be exposed to the public so that we’ll get some signatures! If the UK can get eighty-five-thousand signatures in one week for Caroline Lucas’ petition and over one-hundred and thirty-three thousand signatures in one year; then I’m sure the UK can easily contribute more than our quota of fifty-five thousand.
The subject matter of the petition is:
A European solution to a European issue : legalizing cannabis. The ECI Weed like to talk aims at making the EU adopt a common policy on the control and regulation of cannabis production, use and sale.
The Main objectives are:
There is currently a heterogeneous legal map as regards cannabis policies in the EU. The question of coherence and discrimination is worth asking. A common policy on the control and regulation of cannabis production, use and sale would: (a) ensure equality before the law and non-discrimination of all EU citizens; (b) protect consumers and monitor health security; (c) end cannabis trafficking. Let’s leap toward the legalization of cannabis and the harmonization of national legislations across the EU.
You can sign the petition at the following URL:
The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) is an initiative of the Treaty of Lisbon, aimed at increasing direct democracy in the European Union. The initiative enables one million EU citizens, who are nationals of at least one quarter of the Member States, to call directly on the European Commission to propose a legal act in an area where the Member States have conferred powers onto the EU level. This right to request the Commission to initiate a legislative proposal puts citizens on the same footing as the European Parliament and the Council, who enjoy this right according to Art. 225 and 241 TFEU, respectively.
It is quite realistic to obtain at least another 133k signatories from the UK and we hope Russell Brand tweets this article to his 7.5 million followers on Twitter!