Cannabis activists smoked joints outside the British Parliament during an organized protest calling for a legislation that would allow the medicinal use of marijuana.
United Patients Alliance is demanding a bill that would legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes to help patients who suffer from chronic pain and other health conditions, including multiple sclerosis.
The group has already received support from MPs from the Liberal and Labour parties, who also joined the protest. Even though cannabis is currently prohibited and carries a prison sentence of maximum five years, the activists smoked weed just outside the House of Commons.
“The UK Government needs to act on the evidence which shows that cannabis has medicinal value and change the law immediately”, said Clark French, a founder of United Patients Alliance. He is diagnosed with MS and cannabis has helped him alleviate the chronic pain, spams, lassitude, and tremors.
The Labour MP Paul Flynn thinks the Government’s approach on the criminalization of cannabis is not evidence-based.
“It’s political cowardice. They are afraid of being accused of going to pot. I’m afraid governments get brownie points for appearing to act tough“, said Flynn.
He hopes the UK legislators will acknowledge the medicinal value of the plant and change the law.