filibuster The legalisation of medicinal cannabis is on the brink of a breakthrough in the United Kingdom. But instead of debating the new bill, members of parliament filibustered, talking about other matters until time ran out. Scandalous!
The British MP Paul Flynn was beside himself with rage. He said he was ashamed to a member of the Labour Party. What happened?
On 23 February 2018, the House of Commons was due to vote on the Elizabeth Brice Bill. But they never got that far. Members of the Labour Party deployed a delaying tactic known as ‘filibustering’. Instead of talking about that piece of legislation, they deliberately prolonged discussion on other topics.
The bill, named after the cannabis activist Elizabeth Brice, covers the legalisation of medicinal cannabis. In the United Kingdom, thousands of people who are ill have no access to their medication.
It is not only Paul Flynn who is furious about this, but also the many people who gathered outside the Parliament building. The video on Cannabis News Network shows some tumultuous scenes there. The police arrested several people for crimes under the Narcotics Act.
What happens next? On 6 July 2018, the Elizabeth Brice bill will again be on the agenda at the House of Commons. Let us hope that this time the bill will be passed without delay. There could be no better gift for Elizabeth Brice, who would have celebrated her 61st birthday that day.