Jardine: It’s time for a grown-up debate on cannabis

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has asked for a ‘grown-up’ debate to be brought to Parliament to decriminalise and regulate the cannabis market.

By David Ronald Evans, Jan 14, 2019 12:01

Christine Jardine speaking at a rally in front of supporters.

Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has asked for a ‘grown-up’ debate to be brought to Parliament to decriminalise and regulate the cannabis market.

Ms Jardine had previously been at the centre of a successful campaign to push the Government to legalise cannabis for medicinal use, which included handing in a petition to Downing Street with her constituent Karen Gray on behalf of her son Murray.

 

However, since the change in law last year, overly rigid guidelines have meant that doctors have been reluctant to write prescriptions, and patients like Murray have found that the medicinal products that are on offer are not strong enough to effectively treat their conditions.

 

Ms Jardine is now calling for the issue to be debated again, and today pressed the Leader of the House of Commons to bring it back to Parliament.

 

Following her question, Ms Jardine said:

 

‘The Home Secretary’s decision on medicinal cannabis last Summer was a significant step forward, but it must not end there.

 

“It has become clear that we need to continue the discussion with a view to extending the law.  A regulated cannabis market would give patients, like my constituent Murray Gray, better access to much needed treatment and without the unnecessarily strict guidelines.

 

“It is time for a grown-up and sensible debate on this matter.  Politicians should never shy away from tackling any problems, particularly when those problems relate to someone’s health.

 

“I was extremely disappointed with the minister’s dismissal of my request for a debate, but I will not be deterred.  We faced initial scepticism about legalising cannabis in any capacity last year and look what happened.  We won then, and we can win again.”

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