That’s essentially how government officials in the United Kingdom responded to a petition calling for the legalization of marijuana.
“Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health,” the government’s formal response to the petition reads. “There are no plans to legalize cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities. Cannabis can unquestionably cause harm to individuals and society.”
But the government replied that despite potential cost savings and a boost in tax revenue, legalizing would bring its own “administrative, compliance and law enforcement” costs. It also contended that there has been a “long downward trend in drug use” over the last decade, including cannabis use.