Lord Nicholas Monson talks about his campaign to legalise milder forms of cannabis
Lord Nicholas Monson has told BBC Radio 5 live he’s campaigning to change the classification of drugs after his youngest son took his own life after taking skunk.
Since Rupert's death, he's launched a campaign calling for 'skunk' to be reclassified from a Class B drug to Class A.
Speaking to Emma Barnett, he called for milder forms of cannabis to be legalised and says the reaction to his campaign has been "extraordinary".
"In the old days the psychoactive substance in cannabis was about 1.37% and now it's 22% with skunk...they have taken what is actually quite a decent plant and turned it into a monster".
In response to Lord Monson's campaign to change drugs classification, a Home Office spokesperson said: "This Government has no plans to legalise cannabis. There is a substantial body of scientific and medical evidence to show that it is a harmful drug which can damage people's mental and physical health.