House of Commons will debate an e-petition which calls on Parliament to “make the proWatch
On Monday 12 October at 4.30pm, the House of Commons will debate an e-petition which calls on Parliament to “make the production, sale and use of cannabis legal”. The petition was started on petition.parliament.uk.
Watch the debate live or via catch-up on Parliament TV
What will the e-petition debate achieve?
Debates on e-petitions in Westminster Hall are general debates about the issues raised by the e-petition. MPs can discuss the petition and, if they wish, ask questions about the Government’s position on the issue or press the Government to take action. A Government Minister takes part in the debate and answers the points raised. These debates help to raise the profile of a campaign and could influence decision-making in Government and Parliament.
E-petition debates in Westminster Hall cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the petition. Creating new laws, or changing existing ones, can only be done through the parliamentary legislative process which involves a number of debates, and detailed consideration of the law in draft, in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. This process is normally started by the Government, although there are some ways in which individual MPs or members of the House of Lords who are not in the Government (known as “backbenchers”) can ask Parliament to consider new laws.
Read the debate pack
E-petition relating to making the production, sale and use of cannabis legal