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Calls to legalise cannabis in Guernsey



Calls to legalise cannabis in Guernsey


Could Guernsey be the first place in the British Isles where you can grow and buy cannabis legally? Licensed use of medicinal cannabis was agreed in 2020 with licences for growing and production following in 2021 and 2022. But does that mean the island is ready to legalise what is currently a Class B drug?

The BBC has been speaking to those behind the proposals and supporters of legalisation.


In June, politicians will be asked to vote on working towards legalising cannabis in this political term - it ends in 2025.

At the moment growing cannabis is against the law unless it is carried out under licence, while cannabis and cannabis resin are classified as Class B drugs.

The Committee for Health and Social Care (HSC) is suggesting that while legalisation is being worked on, Public Health looks at how regulation works elsewhere.

Vice-President Tina Bury said it could be the start of a move towards "a public health approach" to cannabis.

Cannabis is thought to be the most widely-used illegal drug in the UK.


A group of cross-party MPs who went on a fact-finding trip to Canada predict the UK will fully legalise cannabis use within five to ten years.

While the drug can lead to feelings of relaxation, happiness and sleepiness, experts have also warned of a risk of anxiety and paranoia, confusion and even hallucinations.

The HSC plans are set to be published next week and be debated as part of an update to the Government Work Plan.


If approved politicians will have committed to working to deliver it, although it could be deprioritised in future revisions of the plan.

Deputy Bury said the process was "a complex piece of work".





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