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Cannabis should be legalised and treated like cigarettes, claims Welsh MP

Newport West MP Paul Flynn called for politicians to show 'courage' as he said the Class B substance was 'less harmful than alcohol'

A Welsh MP has called for cannabis to be treated as legal in the same way as cigarettes with “controlled” markets for the drug.

Newport West MP Paul Flynn, who will on Monday lead an historic debate on the issue in Parliament, said the war on drugs was a “disaster” and branded marijuana “less harmful than alcohol”.

He said politicians needed to be courageous after a petition to make the sale, use and production of the Class B drug legal was signed by 220,000 people.

£900m annual taxes

The government insists “substantial scientific evidence” shows marijuana is “a harmful drug that can damage human health”.

But a three-hour debate in Parliament on Monday will hear legalisation could raise £900m a year in taxes.

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