This Labour MP wants you to have weed in Parliament

Labour MP Paul Flynn is urging people to use weed in the Houses of Parliament in order to challenge the current law and help those suffering from serious illnesses.
 
Flynn spoke during a Commons debate about drug policy and stated that using the Class B drug on Parliament grounds is “the only way we can get through the common mind of the government”. He recalled the story of how he helped campaigner Elizabeth Brice (who suffered from multiple sclerosis) a few years ago to make a cup of cannabis tea that she drank on the House of Commons terrace when she visited him.
 
“She came to this House and together, collaborating with her, we committed a terrible crime on the Terrace of this House because I supplied her with a cup of hot water into which she put cannabis and she drank cannabis tea,” he said.
 
Home Office minister Sarah Newton has been accused of downplaying the harmful effects of alcohol after evidence showed that it is actually more harmful than illegal drugs such as marijuana. Flynn has urged people to “come here and use cannabis here and see what happens and challenge the government, the authorities”.
 
Other members of government such as Liberal Democrat Health spokesman Norman Lamb have also called out to legalise the drug. He asked Sarah Newton to explain the difference in harmful effects between alcohol and marijuana.
 
“I wouldn’t agree with you that alcohol is the most dangerous drug,” she said. “I fully accept, as we do in the modern crime prevention strategy, that misuse of alcohol does have very dramatically harmful effects and does contribute to crime.”
 
Back in 2014, Theresa May blocked a Home Office report instigated by Norman Baker that showed evidence that tough drug laws had nearly no impact on drug use and that there is no evidence to suggest that prohibition has reduced the number of drug deaths. May tried to bury the report, and Baker left in protest.
 
Many studies have shown alcohol to be comparatively more harmful to the individual and to society than marijuana. In recent years, there has been a push for legalisation of the plant across the world for both medicinal and recreational use.
 
So, who’s joining me at Westminster?

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