Cannabis needs to be legalised in the UK for both medicinal and recreational use to help the sick and undercut criminal gangs, writes The Pledge panellist Maajid Nawaz.
One of the most illogical and outdated pieces of British law that currently exists is the ban on cannabis.
Now, a mother is urging the Government to allow her six-year-old son to be treated with the drug for a rare form of epilepsy.
Alfie Dingley suffers up to 30 fits a day. But his seizures were cut in number and severity when he was treated with cannabis oil in the Netherlands.
But ridiculously, his mum faces a 14-year jail sentence if she gives Alfie the oil in Britain.
What is this poor mother to do?
The war on drugs has failed.
It’s time to legalise cannabis – for medicinal purposes but also for recreational use. It will help the sick, raise taxes, undercut criminal gangs and keep people safe.