Police ‘decriminalising cannabis’ as prosecutions fall away, says Lamb

A substantial fall in the number of prosecutions and cautions for possessing the drug show that the police are in effect ‘starting to decriminalise’ cannabis, says Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb. Figures from the Ministry of Justice, released in response to a parliamentary question from Lamb, show that last year only 15,120 people in England and Wales were prosecuted for possession of cannabis, a fall of 19% since 2015. Police issued cautions to 6,524 people in 2017 – 34% fewer than two years before. Lamb, who has called for a…

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Cannabis convictions down by 59 per cent in Devon and Cornwall

Some progress in the conviction rates for cannabis possession has been seen in Devon and Cornwall, falling from 59% in 2017 compared to 2012. According to the Ministry of Justice, 142 people were found guilty of possession in 2012, compared to 342 people in 2012. Of those successfully prosecuted by Devon and Cornwall Police in 2017, 103 were given a fine or discharge, while three received prison sentences. Cannabis possession charges made up 22% of the total drugs possession offences Devon and Cornwall Police prosecuted in court. The decline is…

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This Week in Weed – 30th June 2018

The big news of the week, and a huge breakthrough for cannabis activism in the context of UK politics: on 27 June the government confirmed that an expert panel will begin accepting applications from senior clinicians to prescribe cannabis-based medicines. The panel will be led by the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride. The panel, who will meet for the first time this week, will assess individual applications for the prescription of cannabis-based products based upon set criteria to ensure the treatment is safe. These applications can…

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UK Magistrate threatens depression patient with cruel and unusual punishment for cannabis medicine

A Somerset Magistrate has threatened violent physical punishment if patient is caught treating his depression with cannabis again. It sounds like something you would read in a Dickens or Roald Dahl’s The Twits, when one of the characters has been caught doing something bad. Sadly, this is the threatening language used by Magistrate Jeffrey Collingwood who saw the case of Michael Dyer in November 2017. In an article published on Somerset Live’s website, it is reported that the police stopped Michael Dyer, 23 in his car and in a search…

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Cannabis use worse than theft?

Afternoon musings on the ‘Durham Police not arresting people for small-scale cannabis production or use’ palava: Back in May, Plymouth Police told owners of petrol stations that they would not be able to investigate if someone were to drive off without paying for their fuel, because of cuts to the police budget which meant they had to prioritise crimes. In essence, Plymouth Police were decriminalising theft. Only one specific form of theft admittedly, but still, theft. There were a couple of stories in the local press and quite a few…

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