Cannabis legalisation: How it has worked out for other countries around the world

Theresa May’s government is being forced to grapple with the thorny issue of drug legalisation, amid two cases where children would have suffered if their families were unable to access supplies of medical marijuana.

The issue has prompted the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt to admit the government has not got the law right on cannabis.

The former leader of the Conservative Party, William Hague, has gone further, saying current British law is not only “inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date”, but that the government should look to Canada, which is on the cusp of legalising the drug for recreational use in additional to medical use.

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