A Labour MP has vowed to eat a cannabis cake if campaigners calling for the plant to be legalised are arrested at a "tea party" outside Parliament.
Paul Flynn said that the current legislation banning cannabis is "prejudice rich and evidence-free" as he called for it to be legalised for medicinal purposes.
Highlighting a range of countries where the drug is legalised, Mr Flynn said the associated “risks are very small and the advantages are enormous”.
Asked if he had eaten a cannabis cake, My Flynn said: "No, but I will have one if anyone is arrested."
The Labour MP has been a long-time campaigner for drug reform and has previously helped a person suffering from multiple sclerosis make a cup of cannabis tea in the House of Commons. He has also called on those who require the drug for medicinal purposes to “act in a way of civil disobedience”.
An estimated one million people in the UK use cannabis for medical reasons but possession can result in up to five years in prison, or 14 years for those who supply and produce it.
Clark French, the founder of United Patients Alliance (UPA), which organised the event, said it was “really good” to see the turnout of support for the event but questioned why sick people were even having to make a stand.
Speaking to The Telegraph he said: "When you're ill, the last thing you want is to have to fight in front of Parliament but prohibition ruins lives."
Mr French, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, founded UPA three years and campaigns for the legal use of medical cannabis in the UK - including the right for people to grow cannabis at home.
A survey by Populus last year revealed that more than half of MPs surveyed, including 55 per cent of Conservatives, supported legalisation of medicinal cannabis.
However, in response to a debate in Parliament on legalisation of the drug in 2015, the government said: “Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health. There are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities.”
On Tuesday Mr Flynn successfully introduced a Private Members’ Bill which calls for the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Speaking in the House of Commons chamber he described legalisation as "an act of kindness and compassion" for people suffering serious ailments. The second reading of the Bill will be on Friday February 23 2018.