A former health minister called on parliamentarians to legalize possession and use of cannabis.
with the BBC Norman Lamb supported the introduction of production, distribution and sales regulations, but his bill introduced in the House of Commons was rejected by 66 against 52.
Mexico and Luxembourg consider legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Canada has just done it. And New Zealand is considering a referendum.
Lamb spoke to members of three of his constituents in North Norfolk, who faced health issues that were mitigated by cannabis use.
Speaking of one of them, he said: "Cannabis provides him with essential relief from pain, but he has no choice but to buy it illegally. He knows, at any time, that he can be arrested and prosecuted. "
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The liberal-democrat told MEPs: "It is clear that the recent reforms are not working", and he called for a "more enlightened approach".
He said the prohibition had not worked in any part of the world, adding that cannabis was "available everywhere".
Mr. Lamb stated that his bill would provide a more rational alternative to this mess and asserted that many who opposed it would have used cannabis at some point.
The MP proposed a "strict regulation" on the cultivation, sale and marketing of cannabis, which he believes should be legalized for adults.
Conservative MP Steve Double said something had to be done, but Mr. Lamb's proposed legalization was not the answer.
He said: "I have seen very closely and with my own eyes the lives destroyed, its impact on mental health and the cost it has not only for individuals but also for their families, their communities and society. in general.
After Tuesday's vote on his bill, Lamb said, "It's total hypocrisy that the most dangerous drug of all, in terms of harm to yourself and others, is alcohol, consumed in large numbers right here in our national Parliament, while we criminalize others to use a less dangerous drug - many of which use it to relieve pain.
The medicinal use of cannabis oil was highlighted in 2018 by the campaign of Hannah Deacon, mother of an epileptic boy, who brought him to the Netherlands, where the treatment is legal.
She met with Prime Minister Theresa May, before being able to receive prescriptions for her son, and continued her campaign for wider use after a petition who collected 718.543 signatures.
The law on the use of medicinal cannabis has changed last month, but the new rules do not recommend the use of cannabis oil.