Nearly half of people living in Scotland support legalising
cannabis for adults, according to a survey by the Times.
A total of 47% support the legalisation of the class B drug, with 37% opposed and 17% unsure.
A total of 59% of Scottish National Party voters are in
favour of legalisation, followed by 45% of Labour voters, 44% of Liberal
Democrats, and 34% of Conservatives.
In July it was revealed that twice as many British adults now support the legalisation of cannabis than oppose it.
A YouGov survey revealed 48% of voters favour
legalising recreational use of cannabis, up five points in the past year, with
only 24% objecting.
A total of 77% of respondents said medical cannabis should be permitted and a similar number said they would consider using cannabis-based treatments if there was strong evidence it would help them.
In the UK cannabis is a class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which means it’s illegal to have for yourself, give away or sell.
Possession is punishable by up to five years in prison, an
unlimited fine or both, while supplying and producing it can land offenders
inside for up to 14 years and/or an unlimited fine.
If the police catch people supplying illegal drugs in a
home, club, bar or hostel, they can prosecute the landlord, owner or anyone
else who manages the premises.
Patients can be prescribed medicinal cannabis containing THC
by specialist doctors in the UK as of November 2018.