Yesterday, Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West presented a 10 minute Rule Motion on the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Parliament.
Patients who gathered outside in support were delighted when the Bill was granted permission for submission.
The peaceful protest was organised by the United Patients Alliance and saw patients gather for a ‘cannabis tea party’ outside Parliament to highlight how the drug acts as pain relief for those with chronic and fatal illnesses. The use of cannabis for medical purpose is currently banned in the UK. The only exception is a spray called Sativex.
Sativex is an oromucosal spray derived from two strains of cannabis leaf and flower, cultivated for their controlled proportions of the active compounds delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Other countries such as Canada and Uruguay, as well as a number of states in America and across Europe have already legalised the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
Joining the tea party, Flynn said: “We have to say to the government, for goodness sake, catch up with the rest of the world and allow a responsible legal market to operate to replace a market that’s illegal and dangerous.
“It’s political cowardice, they’re afraid of being mocked on this, but I’m afraid politicians don’t get credit for acting intelligently, this is the intelligent and compassionate thing to do. The law is an ass!” he added.
The Bill’s name is The Elizabeth Brice Bill, named after a multiple sclerosis patient who died in 2011. She was a long-time campaigner who started the UK branch of the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics. She drank cannabis tea in Parliament with Paul Flynn many years ago.
The Second Reading is scheduled to take place on Friday 23rd February 2018. Visit the United Patients Alliance’s Facebook page for further updates.