UNITED KINGDOM: MPs are set to debate whether the UK should legalize the production, sale and possession of cannabis after a petition calling for drug law reform attracted more than 200,000 signatures. The government confirmed a debate led by Labour MP Paul Flynn will take place in Westminster Hall on 12 October. Flynn, MP for Newport West, has campaigned for the cannabis reform for 25 years and is also a long-time advocate of medical marijuana.
The debate is in response to a popular parliamentary petition that argued legalizing cannabis could bring in “£900m ($1.3 Billion) in taxes every year, save £400m ($614 Million) on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs”. The petition took just four days to amass 125,000 signatures after it was launched in July.
However, it is unlikely the debate will have any effect on the current drugs laws. In response to the petition, a government spokesperson said: “Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health. There are no plans to legalize cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.”