Guernsey unlikely to change cannabis law, says chief pharmacist

Cannabis law is unlikely to change in Guernsey unless the UK re-classifies it first, the chief pharmacist says.

Ed Freestone was responding to a petition signed by a 1,000 people calling for the change in the Class B drug's status.

He said for the island to unilaterally act and decriminalise the drug would be difficult without the UK moving first.

Mike Jackson, of the Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign, said the island should follow the US state of Colorado.

Colorado legalised the drug in 2014 with sales worth about $700m (£455m) in the first year.

Mr Jackson said: "They have got a really good system in place, they are regulating which is the important thing.

"We are not looking for an outright decriminalisation."

Mr Freestone said it was unlikely there would be any change soon as it is not part of the island's drug and alcohol strategy.

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