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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 10:31 am    Post subject: UK: Labour MPs support medicinal cannabis use Reply with quote

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Labour MPs support medicinal cannabis use

Two MPs today backed calls to legalise cannabis for medicinal use, saying it would offer relief to thousands of sick and elderly people suffering from chronic pain.
The Labour MPs Paul Flynn and Brian Iddon were supporting a rally today in Parliament Square by the Cannabis Education Trust to raise awareness of the problems faced by medicinal cannabis users.

Mr Flynn, who has campaigned for the legalisation of the drug for medical purposes for 12 years, said he planned to reintroduce his private member's bill, first presented to parliament in 2001, to prevent the prosecution of chronically ill people.

"People around the world have testified in their thousands about the benefits of taking cannabis to relieve chronic pain," he said. "But because of our hang-up in this country with recreational use of the drug, we've condemned otherwise law-abiding citizens to risk jail."

He said there had been legal cases in which juries had let off people who said they were using cannabis medicinally.

"We must test the waters again. The law is an ass. Judges have called for parliament to revisit the issue."

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