Members of UK’s parliament have been forced by a petition on their website which received over 210,000 signatures to debate whether to legalise Cannabis in the UK for medicinal use or not—those in support want cannabis to be sold in shops and be taxed to fund the NHS.
This is obviously going to be an interesting debate but considering the posture of the Tories, this wouldn’t go any far. The Tories have already issued a statement on the pending debate, saying, ‘substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health’.
Meanwhile, Labour MP-Paul Flynn, who has campaigned for more than a decade for the medicinal use of Cannabis will lead the debate.
The debate will take place in Westminster Hall, the second-biggest Commons venue after the chamber itself, on October 12—and all MPs will be able to take part.
Another petition calling for Jeremy Hunt to be sacked will also be debated—as the petition received over 200,000 signatures. MPs are to hold a Commons debate on whether the Health Secretary should be sacked or not.
A special Commons committee has already agreed to throw the debate in on Hunt. The Government petition said the Health Secretary had “alienated the entire workforce of the NHS” by “threatening to impose a harsh contract and conditions on first consultants and soon the rest of the NHS staff.”
And therefore called on MPs to debate “a vote of no confidence in Health Secretary the Right Hon Jeremy Hunt.”
Interestingly, two other petitions which received huge signatures were rejected—one being over 400,000 asking that the UK should take in more Syrian refugees. The refusal to debate this is due to the fact parliament is already looking at the subject.
A petition to have Israeli Prime Minister-Benjamin Netanyahu arrested was denied because British law does not permit that…