The BBC reports

A former health minister has called on MPs to legalise the possession and consumption of cannabis.

Norman Lamb backed introducing regulation of its production, distribution and sale.

But his 10-minute-rule bill in the House of Commons was rejected by 66 votes to 52.

Mexico and Luxembourg have plans to legalise recreational cannabis use. Canada has just done so. And New Zealand is considering a referendum.

Mr Lamb told MPs about three of his North Norfolk constituents, who faced health problems that were eased by cannabis use.

Speaking about one of them, he said: “Cannabis offers him essential pain relief but he has no option but to buy it illegally. He knows, at any time, he could face arrest and prosecution.”

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