On Oct. 10, a bill calling for legalized medical marijuana in the United Kingdom passed its first reading in Parliament completely unopposed.
On the same day, a planned protest was executed involving hundreds of medical cannabis users ingesting their medicine in front of the Parliament building in London. The protest was called by MP Paul Flynn, arguably the biggest advocate in the U.K. government for legal medical cannabis.
Last July, Flynn invited medical cannabis users to engage in civil disobedience on the day he planned to present the bill. The protest that occurred was seen by advocates as a huge success and no arrests were made.
Although this progressive news has given optimism to the thousands of people calling for legal access to cannabis as medicine, the U.K. government has been notoriously opposed to cannabis legalization in any form.
The bill is headed for its second reading in February 2018, but can the growing acceptance of legal cannabis in the U.K. continue its momentum in the meantime?
“The U.K. cannabis reform scene has certainly grown. It was only a couple of years ago that every single news story was a negative spin, usually constructed on a…