I take on the leadership of the LCA as a serious responsibility. I shall do my best to represent the interests of the six million regular users of cannabis in Britain. The government should now move urgently to permit the medicinal use of cannabis. It is not only unjust to deny such relief to those in suffering, it is deeply cruel. Ministers should be ashamed at their treatment of the sick and disabled. I shall also be campaigning to bring the multi-billion pound cannabis market into a system of proper regulation where children and the vulnerable can be protected and quality and safety are assured. Prohibition is a failed policy which causes far more harm than cannabis ever has. It also deprives the nation of billions in tax revenue and in wasted law enforcement costs.