Amendment seeks to relax laws on cannabis possession

Deputies Jonathan Le Tocq and Laurie Queripel have submitted the amendment to the Justice Review Report, which is set to be debated next week.

If approved, Home Affairs will have to liaise with Health & Social Care and then submit a policy letter by 31 July 2021, after investigating and consulting on the idea.

The law would need to be changed to allow it to be possessed and used for medical, health and wellbeing purposes.

Deputy Le Tocq said the recent pandemic had highlighted the strain put on States resources, so now was a good time to look at those resources and how they were best used.

‘I don’t believe in total de-criminalisation or legalisation,’ he said.

‘But I do think the way we have been doing it for years is not appropriate and it’s not a good use of our resources.’

He said Guernsey used a lot of resources to track and imprison islanders for personal possession of cannabis.

‘It seems to me these would be better used to tackle some of the more serious issues we have got, which we are not so good at handling,’ he said.

Deputy Le Tocq said he had been preparing to put a requete on the topic to the States earlier this year and had garnered a good level of support.

However, that had been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic disruption.

This has made him hopeful that the States would back his amendment, which is about reviewing the ideas.

He had previously planned not to stand again, but he said he had changed his mind and hoped he would be…

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