Hun­dreds back call to le­galise cannabis

Pe­ti­tion sup­port

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Julie Gil­bert

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.

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