Doncaster MP Ed Miliband calls for cannabis to be legalised

Former Labour leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband has put aside political differences to pledge his support to Tory Lord Hague's call for cannabis to be legalised.

Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 15:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 17:08 pm
Ed Miliband MP.

In a column for a national newspaper William Hague - the former Conservatives leader who was educated at Wath-upon-Dearne Grammar School - reportedly urged the Government to review Britain’s “failed (and) unsustainable” cannabis laws, license medicinal use of the drug and consider creating a legal, regulated market for recreational users.

"Drug legalisation is a no-go area for most frontline politicians but on public health grounds, we should legalise cannabis.

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"If we care about mental health, street cannabis is a much bigger danger and the experience of for example Portugal suggests use is unlikely to rise."

The Portugese parliament this week approved the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

She claims his seizures, brought on by severe epilepsy, are reduced when he takes the oil and has called for it to be freely available.

However, the Home Office has firmly rejected the calls for cannabis to be legalised.

A spokesperson said the Government had “no intention” of reviewing the classification of cannabis, which would remain a Class B drug.

A Downing Street spokesman also confirmed the Government had no plans to legalise or decriminalise cannabis for recreational use and added: “The evidence is very clear – cannabis can cause serious harm when misused.”