William Hague calls for Theresa May to legalise cannabis


Ex-Conservative leader says policy is ‘inappropriate, ineffective and out of date’ William Hague, the former leader of the Conservative party, has urged Theresa May to legalise cannabis, saying the UK’s drug policy is “inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date” and “this battle is effectively over”. Lord Hague said issuing orders to the police to stop people smoking cannabis were “about as up to date and relevant as asking the army to recover the empire”. In an article in the Telegraph on Tuesday, Hague says the prime minister should be bold and lead a major policy change because it is deluded to think cannabis can be “driven off the streets”. His comments come as a growing coalition of MPs, experts, campaigners and families whose children have epilepsy call for the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal use, after the confiscation last week of cannabis oil supplies intended to treat Billy Caldwell, a 12-year-old boy with severe epilepsy. The cabinet appears split on the issue of medicinal cannabis and May distanced herself from calls made by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, for a swift review of the law on Monday.. It is understood that she also overruled the home secretary, Sajid Javid, when he told her it was “absolutely urgent” that the matter was discussed at the cabinet meeting on Monday. William Hague calls for Theresa May to legalise cannabis

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