Liberal Democrats are by nature liberal. However that should be a long way from being crazy.
On 11 May 2017, Liberal Democrats UK announced a decision to legalise cannabis, although its use unofficially, for relief of deep and chronic pain has been around for years. Getting hold of it must be very difficult and how do you know how much to smoke? Doubtless, Liberal Democrat politicians think that creating official sources will mean purity of the drug.
All well and good but we risk missing the point. There have been studies into the long-term use of cannabis, which highlight damage to the brain. Long-term use can cause the mind to be overwhelmed by a billion thoughts a day, like everyone else, but somehow they are in such profound depth or on too many subjects that the brain apparently gives up rationality. I would argue that their thoughts are on a higher plane.
People with mental health issues from cannabis would be thrown onto the mercy of our Welfare State which would have to pay up and often for life; something which this government is keen to end. Oddly, mental health was in the news during the local elections, but has since disappeared.
If the Conservatives take this legalisation of cannabis onboard, they will heap unfortunate people onto disability benefits, because they cannot cope with life without help. Maybe this will not happen for ten years, but it is a scandal they and the Liberal Democrats can avoid by thinking it through.
It is irrelevant whether it is the drug’s fault or not. Unfortunately the present government does not rule out the continued hacking away at welfare benefits, which is a meek way of saying that they will continue to do it.
May I respectfully that all political parties look before they leap?
Have a great week