The Goverment rubbishes national newspaper claims that medicinal cannabis is to be legalised...

A GOVERNMENT spokesperson has slammed as “rubbish” a newspaper story claiming the LABOUR PARTY are poised to allow the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes.

The Independent reports today (March 24) that in a landmark decision, the Government has agreed to allow people suffering from multiple sclerosis, and other conditions which bring severe pain, to use cannabis legally.

The report goes on to say that the final all-clear for the scheme will be given if trials of the drug on humans show the same medical benefits that were found on tests of mice at University College London. These experiments showed cannabis could ease some of the painful symptoms of MS.

However, a Government spokesperson told nme.com this morning the story in The Independent was “rubbish” and that Government policy on drugs had not changed. He added “no imminent announcement” was expected on the matter.

The spokesperson confirmed that one major trial of the use of cannabis on MS sufferers was being undertaken, but it could be “years” before any of these results are made public.

However, when nme.com contacted The Independent newspaper, they said they stood firmly by their story, and they were “confident” their sources within the Home Office were reliable.

If true. this news of the possible relaxation of the law comes only eight days after NME published a nationwide poll which found 83% of readers wanted cannabis decriminalised.

The NME survey followed a report released in February by Cleveland Police which declared that Britain’s drug laws were not working, and endorsed the call for a Royal Commission to review the legal position. The report claimed there was no logic in alcohol and nicotine being freely available, despite clear evidence of the harm these drugs cause, while cannabis’ ban was enforced with severe penalties, despite being regarded as less harmful by many medical scientists.