Jeremy Corbyn suggests decriminalising cannabis possession

In a recent interview with Sky News, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hinted that his party could decriminalise the possession of cannabis in what would be a major change to the law.

The opposition leader said that “criminalising people for possession of small amounts of cannabis is not particularly a good idea and does lead to great difficulties in communities like mine”. Corbyn also called for cannabis oil to be decriminalised and made available for medical treatment “as soon as possible”.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid recently announced a review of medicinal cannabis use after widespread coverage of cases such as Alfie Dingley, a child whose severe epilepsy can be treated with the banned substance.
Possession of cannabis is currently illegal under Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 which provides a maximum sentence of up to 5 years imprisonment.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidelines recommend a “cannabis warning” for a first offence of possessing a small amount, followed by a penalty notice for those caught a second time and full criminal charges for a third offence.

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