LONDON (Reuters) – Several British lawmakers lent their support to a cannabis tea party on the lawns outside parliament on Tuesday, protesting against legislation that criminalizes use of the drug for medical purposes.
Three Members of Parliament and dozens of patients sat down at a table laid out with cakes and scones laced with the drug, as hemp plants swayed against a Westminster backdrop.
The tea party was held to draw attention to a motion being submitted later in the day by veteran lawmaker Paul Flynn of the opposition Labour Party that aims to change legislation around medical cannabis use.
Flynn’s motion, which has only a slim chance of success, would allow the production, supply, possession and use of cannabis and resin for medicinal purposes.
Earlier in the year, Flynn called on people who could face imprisonment for taking cannabis for medical reasons to break the law.
Flynn himself declined offers at the party to try some cannabis. “I’ve got to make a speech at 2pm,” he said, adding that otherwise he’d be happy to take it and wouldn’t be worried about breaking the law.