Hundreds back call to legalise cannabis
Hundreds of people across Rutherglen and Cambuslang have signed a petition calling for the legalisation of cannabis.
Support was particularly high in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency, where Yvonne Maclean stood in the general election for the Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol party (CISTA).
A total of 559 people in that constituency signed the petition, which represents one in every 188 people that live there.
Across the UK more than 220,000 people signed the petition calling on the government to legalise the drug, saying it could bring in £900m in tax revenue and create 10,000 jobs.
The issue was debated at Parliament on Monday.
The debate was led by Labour MP Paul Flynn, who thinks criminalisation of the drug has failed.
He begged the government to think again and help MS sufferers to ease their pain.
Lib Dem Health spokesman Norman Lamb spoke of the “hypocrisy” of ministers criminalising thousands of young people when, he claimed, “probably 50 per cent of the government have tried cannabis.”
However, Tory justice minister Mike Penning said that the government would not be legalising cannabis.
But he did say there may be scope for doing research on the effects that some of the legislation has had.
The Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol Party fielded a number of candidates across the UK at May’s general election, including Yvonne Maclean who stood in Rutherglen and Hamilton West, winning 336 votes.
She felt the drug could be successfully used for treating depression.