British MPs Call for the U.K. to Legalize Medical Cannabis
The All Party Group for Drug Policy Reform, a cross-party group of British Members of Parliament, has issued a report calling for the legalization of medical cannabis. The group wants to allow patients to purchase cannabis products in stores or grow their own at home.
“Cannabis works as a medicine for a number of medical conditions,” Baroness Molly Meacher, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group, told Sky News. “The evidence has been strong enough to persuade a growing number of countries and U.S. states to legalize access to medical cannabis. Against this background, the UK scheduling of cannabis as a substance that has no medical value is irrational.”
While the British Home Office has responded that they have no intention of legalizing cannabis immediately, it is likely only a matter of time before the U.K. joins the 11 European nations and 25 U.S. states that currently allow the medical use of the cannabis plant.