Half the cab­i­net have done cannabis – MP

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

FORMER health min­is­ter Norman Lamb has called for the com­plete le­gal­i­sa­tion of cannabis after al­leg­ing that “prob­a­bly half the Cab­i­net” have used the Class B drug.

The Lib Dem MP said the Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy to­wards cannabis rep­re­sented a “dread­ful hypocrisy” and echoed calls from former Tory leader Lord Hague to bring in a reg­u­lated mar­ket for the drug. Mr Lamb, speak­ing after Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid an­nounced a re­view into medic­i­nal cannabis use, said: “Isn’t there a dread­ful hypocrisy in Gov­ern­ment pol­icy in drugs more gen­er­ally.

“Prob­a­bly most of the Cab­i­net drink al­co­hol – the most dan­ger­ous drug of all – prob­a­bly half has used cannabis, pos­si­bly even the Home Sec­re­tary, un­less they are a group of very odd peo­ple.

“Shouldn’t the Home Sec­re­tary fol­low the ad­vice of the former Con­ser­va­tive leader Lord Hague, who makes the case for a reg­u­lated le­galised mar­ket and that is the best way to pro­tect peo­ple from harm who at the mo­ment buy from crim­i­nals who have no in­ter­est in their wel­fare at all.”

Mr Javid said: “This is about mak­ing sure we have the best pos­si­ble med­i­cal treat­ment avail­able for every­one in the UK, but es­pe­cially our chil­dren.

“It’s about treat­ment, it is not about the recre­ational use of drugs which can cause se­vere dam­age to peo­ple.

“I’m afraid I don’t agree with him on that point, and on this oc­ca­sion I do not agree with Lord Hague.”

Fol­low­ing the de­bate, Tory former min­is­ter Sir Des­mond Swayne used a point of or­der to ask: “Where is ev­ery­body? I hope in the light of the ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­cu­sa­tions of Mr Lamb they are not be­hind the bike sheds hav­ing a spliff.”

CLAIM: Norman Lamb

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