Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has said that legalising cannabis would stop the ‘criminal’ cannabis supply chain that ‘does not give-a-monkeys’ about the health effects of the drug.
As a member of the All Party Parliamentary group on drug policy reform, the MP for Reigate is responsible for accessing the Government's drug policy and how people would be affected by reform.
On Friday, Cannabis oil shop owners, CBD Oil UK, opened a shop in Liverpool as part of four new stores opening in England, selling cannabis-based CBD products.
Mr Blunt told talkRADIO’s Dan Wootton: “What you have got at the moment is Cannabis that is very strong in THC, the stuff that makes you high, and much stronger than it was for generations 20 or 30 years ago.
“You have got a criminal supply chain that does not give-a-monkeys about the health effects of what they are selling.
“What they are doing is selling to children a product that is immensely strong and quite damaging to their mental health.
“If this product was legally supplied, state-licenced and regulated about how it was sold and who could access it, you would then begin to see the development of a market that was pretty much like the alcohol market in the UK.”
'Run by the mafia'
Mr Blunt suggested that there were benefits to legalisation, adding that it is currently more difficult for under-18s to get alcohol than cannabis.
“The problem you have got is that cannabis is very widely spread but the market is wholly criminal and it would be like the alcohol market being run by the mafia,” he said.
“It is more difficult for under-18s to get access to alcohol, than it is to get access to cannabis.
“When you have the state overseeing a legal supply chain, and then regulating the sale of that product into the market, you get much better control of who has access to that product.”