A cross-party group of MPs predicts cannabis could be free for anyone to use in five years’ time (Picture: Getty)
Weed could be legal by 2025 a group of MPs have said after taking a trip on a ‘fact-finding mission’ to Canada where smoking the drug is permitted.
Labour’s David Lammy and Sir Norman Lamb, Lib Dem, both think the class B will available over the counter within five years.
Tory MP Jonathan Djanogly thinks it will take another 10 years before the UK sees marijuana being sold.
Mr Lammy’s pro-legalisation stance represents a shift from his Labour party’s official stance on cannabis – which is illegal in the UK for recreational purposes but can be prescribed for medical reasons.
He said: ‘I want the market legalised, regulated and taken away from crime gangs.
Canada is the first G7 country to legalise the Class B drug (Picture: Getty)
‘I want to see the strength of the stuff reduced, labelled and properly organised in this country.’
Sir Norman had previously led his Liberal Democrats party’s decision to back the legalisation of cannabis.
During the trip he is believed to be the first serving British MP to openly take a weed product.
He sampled a cannabis product which included THC – the psychoactive compound within cannabis that gets people high.
Mr Djanogly, however, told BBC’s Newsbeat ‘we have a lot to learn’ before legalising the drug for recreational purposes and estimated a full ban on the drug would more likely be lifted in 10-15 years.