Call to investigate recreational cannabis legalisation

BBC Radio Guernsey

Two Guernsey politicians want the Home Affairs Committee to investigate the legalisation of recreational cannabis.

Currently, the cultivation and sale of cannabis containing the psychoactive substance THC above a certain threshold is banned in Guernsey. Importation or possession of the drug is treated with zero tolerance.

Deputies Marc Leadbeater and Charles Parkinson said they wanted the drug to be controlled locally, from plant to distribution, as it was in Canada.

Deputy Leadbeater is a director of a firm with a licence to grow low-THC cannabis for use in cannabidiol (CBD) supplements, as well as the vice president of the Committee for Home Affairs which has have oversight over law enforcment.

The amendment to his own committee's Justice Review Report seeks to control the production and sale of cannabis for leisure purposes in line with the Canada model, which legalised the drug in October 2018.

It directs Home Affairs to consult and come back with a policy letter in a year's time.

The proposals are due to be debated on Wednesday.

'Little difference' to use if cannabis law reformed

Decriminalising the possession of cannabis Guernsey would make "very little difference" to usage on island, according to a local psychiatrist.

Deputies Jonathan Le Tocq and Laurie Queripel are calling for a report exploring whether the funding for resources to enforce the laws around possession and use of the drug could be better used elsewhere, with particular focus on low level offences.

The amendment to the justice review also asks for an investigation into changing the law so the drug can be "lawfully possessed and used for medical, health and wellbeing purposes".

Dr Neil Wright from the States Community Drug and Alcohol Team argued changes to the law would make them "more proportionate to the risks and harms of taking cannabis".

He said: "It will help a lot of people who would otherwise have been criminalised.

"I'd go as far to say that if an alternative is looked at and the person is actually experiencing negligible problems with their cannabis use, then treatment is probably not needed."

Deputy calls for relaxation of cannabis possession law

BBC Radio Guernsey

A Guernsey deputy wants the States to relax the law on cannabis possession.

Deputy Jonathan le Tocq is bringing an amendment to the Justice Review Report to be debated in the States next week.

It is supported by Deputy Laurie Queripel and calls for the Home Affairs and Health and Social Care committees to prepare a report on spending the money saved on reducing alcohol and domestic violence.

Two arrested after huge haul of cannabis found in Stockton

Cannabis plants with a street value of almost £1m have been seized from a property on Stockton High Street.

Officers discovered 1,200 cannabis plants on four floors and 12 rooms of the premises, which have an estimated street value of £960,000.

Two people aged 19 and 50 have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences, and they remain in custody.

Cannabis plants
Cleveland Police

This cannabis farm was clearly organised and highly sophisticated.

We hope today’s result has a positive impact on our communities and shows people that as a force we will do everything we can to rid drugs from our area."

Cleveland Police