Article by Jon Hiltz, Marijuana.com
A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the United Kingdom passed its first reading in Parliament today completely unopposed.
The legislation was introduced by MP Paul Flynn this afternoon amongst a flurry of anticipation. Not coincidentally, on the same day the bill was introduced, a planned protest was executed outside of the Parliament building in London where dozens of cannabis advocates consumed edibles, drank teas, and vaped flower.
This bold act of civil disobedience was incited by MP Flynn in July, when he invited medical cannabis consumers to openly ingest their products. The call to action was Flynn’s effort to challenge law enforcement and see if they were prepared to arrest people suffering with debilitating conditions who find relief with cannabis medicine.
“The bill went through its first reading today without opposition,” said MP Flynn in an interview with Marijuana.com. “The other matter, which was of more importance is that a few hundred people gathered up here and broke the law. I invited them here and suggest they [consume cannabis] because the law has proved to be an ass.”
Flynn added that, thankfully, there were no arrests. “They could have been thrown into jail for five years for what they did. I think we’ve got to say to the government now, if they are so cowardly and unintelligent as to believe that an illegal market is better than a legal market, it is up to the public to prove that [they] are wrong.”