MP's joined activists for a “cannabis tea party” yards from Westminster Palace amid calls for the drug to be legalised for medicinal use.
Campaigners, including members of the United Patients Alliance smoked cannabis and ate cakes and scones laced with marijuana as they told ministers how it could help those suffering from chronic conditions including multiple sclerosis.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran joined Labour MPs at the event in support of the cause. The representative for Oxford West and Abingdon admitted taking the now class B drug whilst at university but insisted she no longer did.
It came as veteran lawmaker Mr Flynn called on the ministers to vote to legalise the drug for medicinal purposes.
Speaking at the protest he declined to try a cannabis scone and said: “I've got to make a speech at 2pm."
He later told the Commons the "tide of world opinion" was moving towards legalising the class B substance which he described as the "oldest medicine in the world".
The Bill put forward by Paul Flynn is the Legalisation of Cannabis (Medicinal Purposes) Bill 2017-19
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