Regulating Right, Repairing Wrongs: Exploring Equity and Social Justice Initiatives within UK Cannabis Reform

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Regulating Right, Repairing Wrongs

A call to ensure a just, fair, and equitable legal cannabis market in the UK

This report proposes 14 guiding social equity principles to be integrated into the UK’s future legally regulated cannabis market. This paper builds on Release’s national research on the disproportionate policing of ethnic minority individuals and other disadvantaged groups, and evaluates regulatory frameworks emerging in North America and beyond. It outlines an evidence-based roadmap to prioritise and protect those most vulnerable to the harms of prohibition in legal recreational markets, while still ensuring the benefits of cannabis legalisation and regulation for all.

Whilst countries across the globe - from the US to Canada, Uruguay to Germany - acknowledge the failure and damage of cannabis prohibition, the UK is left faltering behind. However, with over half of Britons, and nearly two-thirds in the capital, having already signalled their support for the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use, the reality is that cannabis reform in the UK is inevitable. The question is not when, but how cannabis will be regulated in the UK.

A number of US states, in particular New York and Massachusetts, have paved the way for a social and racial justice model of cannabis reform. Release present guiding principles in preparation for the eventual legal regulation of cannabis in the UK. These principles are designed to ensure that the same people who are locked up by punitive drug policies are not locked out of the legal market, and that cannabis reform is an opportunity to repair historic injustices caused by the war on drugs.

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We are inviting organisations to register their support for our Regulating Right, Repairing Wrongs report, the 14 social equity principles, and the creation of a just, fair, and equitable cannabis market in the UK. As this is a civil society-driven initiative, we are primarily seeking support from charities and social enterprises. If your organisation would like to register, you can do this by sending your details via the 'Register your support' button below. You can see the list of current signatories at the bottom of this page.

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Supporters of Regulating Right, Reparing Wrong: UK Cannabis Reform

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  • The Green Party logo
  • Harm Reduction International (HRI) logo
  • Transform Drug Policy Foundation logo
  • Liberal Democrats For Drug Reform logo
  • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) logo
  • The Beckley Foundation logo
  • Health Poverty Action logo
  • Blak Sox logo
  • Drug Science logo
  • LEAP UK logo
  • The European Network of People who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD) logo
  • StopWatch logo
  • Fair Trials logo
  • Recovering Justice logo