MPs say cannabis could be legalised in UK within five years
Thursday, 1 August 2019
A cross-party group of UK MPs have visited Canada where cannabis has recently been made legal for recreational use. In the UK, cannabis is currently only legal for medicinal purposes, and it has to be prescribed.
The MPs were the Conservative MP Jonathan Djangoly (Huntingdon), Liberal Democrat MP Sir Norman Lamb (Norwich), and Labour MP David Lammy (Tottenham). The trip was made as part of an upcoming BBC documentary called Legalising Weed: Canada's Story, which will air on Saturday 3rd August and be on iPlayer from Monday 5th August.
Sir Norman and Mr Lammy both now say that they think the drug will be legalised in the UK within 5 years.
Mr Lammy said "I want the market legalised, regulated and taken away from crime gangs. For young people not to be criminalised by use and properly educated. I want to see the strength of the stuff reduced, labelled and properly organised in this country." (BBC) This view is a shift away from the Labour party's current stance.
Sir Norman has previously spoken out against the illegality of cannabis, saying "our current cannabis laws are not working" (Standard). He wrote in his column that he is wary of the harm that can be caused by drug misuse - and that it is this fear which leads him to be pro-legalisation, so that substances can be regulated and kept out of the hands of young people. The Lib Dem's official stance is one of legalisation, and it was Sir Norman that lead this movement.
Mr Djangoly said he was open to the idea of legalisation, but had doubts. "I think we have got a lot to learn before the legalisation of recreational cannabis, which I think will happen at some point." (Guardian)
The programme sees Sir Norman taking some cannabis oil to help him sleep during the flight back to the UK. He said:
"I was really anxious because I was chairing the technology and science select committee and I was travelling back over night, and I thought if I get back with no sleep it will be a challenge.
"I slept incredibly well. I took the drops and I slept very well on the plane home, I actually slept through breakfast." (BBC)
He points out that he did not feel high.
Vapourcore will of course be keeping a close eye on the topic of cannabis legalisation as we currently sell legal, THC-free CBD products in our London stores. If it is legalised, you may see cannabis products coming to a Vapourcore near you!
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