Brits: Husband of Hardline Anti-marijuana MP Owns “Huge Weed Farm”

File image of Victoria Atkins in the House of Commons.

More and more Brits are highlighting the obscene double-standards plaguing the world of marijuana in the U.K.

The latest glaring double-standard in the U.K. is that the husband of anti-drug MP with a hardline stance on marijuana owns a massive weed farm. 

In November last year, Victoria Atkins replaced Sarah Newton as the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism in the Home Office.

Even with her anti-marijuana stance, Atkins is married to Paul Kenward, the managing director of British Sugar, which grows cannabis under contract to the British GW Pharmaceuticals at a 45-acre greenhouse in Norfolk, UK.

Clear, a lobbyist cannabis law reform, said on its website that “there are many examples of willful ignorance, blind prejudice and bare-faced dishonesty on drugs policy from many former and current MPs.”

It added:

“There is no one though who plumbs the depths of deception and hypocrisy as the new drugs minister Victoria Atkins.”

Clear said: “Ms. Atkins has replaced Sarah Newton as drugs minister,” describing the former MP as not being able to “last long, perhaps because she couldn’t stand the ridicule that she was subjected to for trying to hold the line on the government’s ridiculous drugs policy.”

“When [Newton] she tried to claim that alcohol isn’t really that damaging compared to illicit drugs, she had MPs either gasping in amazement or chuckling in amusement.”

It added:

“Ms. Atkins was clearly spotted for the job because she is one of the few MPs still enthusiastic about prohibition.”

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Paul Kenward. (File image via Clear)

UK’s double standards?

To further explain the “hypocrisy,” one must view the UK from a critical perspective.

A UN report showed that the UK is the world’s biggest exporter and producer of legal marijuana in 2016, but its parliament dismisses cannabis as having no value. 

Its citizens have extremely limited access to cannabis oil, as medical marijuana continues to be illegal with the last bill advocating for its medical “filibustered” in February.  

The British parliament itself could not even cast a speedy judgment nor compassionate adjustments to allow the six-year-old Alfie Dingley, a boy who is suffering a rare form of epilepsy, to use medical cannabis. Alfie found marijuana worked wonders for his condition during a treatment in the Netherlands.

But in his own country – again – the world’s biggest exporter and producer of marijuana, Alfie can’t have decent access to medical marijuana without violating the law and putting his own parents in jeopardy.

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Alfie has a rare form of epilepsy which can cause him to have up to 30 seizures a day (Image via PA)

Also, Kenward’s supplies to GW Pharmaceuticals have limited trickle down and doesn’t cover all of the UK.

In a report by Sky News, a significant part of the UK’s legal cannabis production goes towards a cannabis-based medicine called Sativex, produced by GW Pharmaceuticals.

But Sativex can only be offered to patients suffering the effects of multiple sclerosis, and it is offered by the National Health Services (NHS) in Wales, and not the rest of the UK.

Clear, who described Atkins as the “new princess of prohibition,” requested a comment from her but the MP remained mute.

Now, Brits are calling for her resignation.

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