June 19, 2018 / 10:31 AM / 9 months ago

No plans to legalise or decriminalise cannabis - May's spokesman

LONDON, June 19 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has no plans to legalise or decriminalise cannabis, her spokesman said on Tuesday after a former leader of her Conservative Party urged her to consider the drug’s legalisation.

Earlier, William Hague, a member of parliament’s upper chamber who led the Conservatives from 1997 to 2001, also said Britain had lost the battle to drive cannabis off the streets — something May’s spokesman denied.

“The harmful effects of cannabis are well known and there are no plans to legalise it,” the spokesman told reporters. “In terms of decriminalising cannabis, there are not plans in that respect.” (Reporting by William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper)

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