SNP conference passes support for medical cannabis prescriptions 


Conference motion on medical cannabis decriminalisation passed overwhelmingly 

THE CONFERENCE of the governing party of Scotland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of medical cannabis decriminalisation. 

A motion stating that “cannabis should be decriminalised for medical use and available on prescription” won the support of the vast majority of delegates following a case on behalf of vulnerable health care patients. 

The mover of the motion said it was the “worst kept secret” that those with multiple sclerosis were using cannabis for symptoms. 

Advocates of medical cannabis use say it can be used as an effective source of pain relief. 

Critics at the conference raised concerns over the standards of cannabis products, claiming that the medical cannabis drug sativex had not gone through proper testing procedures. 

However, conference – with around 1,000 people crammed into the SECC arena in Glasgow – supported the motion, which included calls for drug powers to be devolved. 

Decriminalising drug use for medical purposes is part of an ongoing backlash against the ‘war on drugs’ which is blamed for high social costs, unneccessary imprisonment, and a cause of organised drug crime.

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