'Rest of the World Is Laughing at Us over Cannabis Use Policy' MP Paul Flynn Is about to Make His Latest Push to Legalise the Medical Use of Cannabis and 'Shatter the Permafrost of Ignorance'. Political Editor David Williamson Reports

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'Rest of the World Is Laughing at Us over Cannabis Use Policy' MP Paul Flynn Is about to Make His Latest Push to Legalise the Medical Use of Cannabis and 'Shatter the Permafrost of Ignorance'. Political Editor David Williamson Reports


VETERAN Welsh MP Paul Flynn was elected for another five-year term last month at the age of 82 and he is about to make a new attempt to shatter the "permafrost of ignorance" and secure the legalisation of the medical use of cannabis.

Mr Flynn remains one of the fiercest critics of the country's drugs laws and claims that "prohibition that is killing people".

The Newport West Labour MP argues that the Commons has been guilty of "culpable cowardice" for nearly half a century and that "countless people have died or suffered as a result".

In October he will present a Bill in a bid to put legalisation on the political agenda and he will ask MPs if they are ready to "join the world" in reform of laws that "kill more people than the drugs".

Mr Flynn says he has "never taken an illegal drug" in his life but he considers the medical use of cannabis to be of "immense benefit". Arguing that Britain is out of step with the policy in other countries, he said: "I believe that the rest of the world will leave us behind; they are laughing at us now."

As he begins his latest push to change the law, here are a selection of his recent observations about cannabis, the law, and the impact on ordinary people: w, : | He sees no appetite for changing drugs laws in government...

ppetite governte ain ernment... Mr Flynn wrote in an article for Vice magazine: "There is no sign that a single brain cell in the civil service or government has been flickered into new thinking by the current global disillusionment with drugs law."

al disilludrugs ed: g " He claimed: "The abiding ethos of the civil service is th unimportance of being right."

| He blames Richard Nixon for Britain's drug laws...

He wrote: "Until 1973, before drugs policy as we know it was introduced, tinctures of cannabis had been medically available for over 100 years in the UK. In its natural form, it has been used for 5,000 years continents. as a medicine in all continents.

"Our country was swept along with the international hysteria provoked by President Nixon's missionary zeal to elimi-nate all illegal drugs use."

| He says Britain is out of step with the rest of the world...

"Twenty-nine of the USA's 50 states have provision for the supply of medicinal cannabis," he wrote. "In Canada, it has also been legalised. In Europe, medicinal cannabis is produced in the Netherlands and is available in Italy, Finland, Switzerland and Germany."

land | He fears today's laws put people at the mercy of criminals. …

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