Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP has faced calls to decriminalize cannabis and also allowing patients to buy weed online for medical use with the Scottish National Party going on to back a motion to decriminalize the use of medical cannabis at the party’s national conference in Glasgow.
The motion, submitted by the SNP Ayr North branch goes on to state that “cannabis should be decriminalized for medical use and available on prescription”.
The First Minister of Scotland has previously said that she was all for a change in UK law regarding the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, going on to argue that there was a “specific case” for relaxing cannabis laws to allow sufferers of conditions such as multiple sclerosis the treatment they desperately need.
Currently in the UK cannabis is a class B drug, which means people face up to five years in prison for possessing it, while people caught in the supply or production of it risk up to 14 years in prison.
“whilst the treatment and prevention of drug problems are devolved to the Scottish Government, policy on the use of controlled drugs is currently reserved to the UK Government.”
However, even if the motion does pass, the Scottish government is relying on that power being devolved from the UK government, which in the current climate seems unlikely.
A Holyrood spokesperson went on to say that, “whilst the treatment and prevention of drug problems are devolved to the Scottish Government, policy on the use of controlled drugs is currently reserved to the UK Government.”
And just what was the response of the government? As usual, the UK home office responded with the typical “we have no plans to legalize cannabis” argument. Would we really expect any less…