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Jeremy Corbyn: 'Medical use of cannabis is good'

CORBYN: The Labour leader said the debate on cannabis is moving on

JEREMY CORBYN has criticised the criminalisation of people caught with small amounts of cannabis.

The Labour leader has also said that the use of cannabis oil is “clearly beneficial to people”.

Speaking on Sunday to Sky’s Sophy Ridge, Corbyn said: “I think at this stage we should say that medical use of cannabis is good.

“Cannabis oil use is clearly beneficial to people and that should be decriminalised and made readily available as quickly as possible.”

Despite his comments and signing an early day motion calling for the possession of cannabis to be decriminalised in 2000, Corbyn did not back a change in the law in relation to recreational use.

He said: “Personally, I don’t take any drugs at all and I think we should just think about it quite carefully but let's go with what’s proposed now which is the availability of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

“I think criminalising people for possession of small amounts of cannabis is not a particularly good idea and does lead to great difficulties, particularly for young people in communities like mine, so I do think the debate is moving on.”

Recent high profile cases around the use of cannabis oil for medicinal purposes has brought the issue back into the headlines and prompted a government review of medical cannabis.

Billy Caldwell, 12, and Alfie Dingley, 6, both take cannabis oil as treatment for severe epilepsy.

Last month home secretary Sajid Javid told the House of Commons: "If the review identifies significant medical benefits, then we do intend to reschedule [change the rules]."

In response to Javid’s announcement, Billy’s mother, Charlotte, said: "Common sense and the power of mothers and fathers of sick children has bust the political process wide open and is on the verge of changing thousands of lives by bringing our medicinal cannabis laws in line with many other countries."

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