Deputy Gavin St Pier said it was ‘inevitable’ that the islands would be forced to ‘re-evaluate’ their stance on the Class B drug following its legalization for medicinal purposes.
However, Jersey’s Deputy Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham said that a more ‘cautious approach’ was needed before making a decision, but admitted that he would support legalizing its use for adult-use purposes if the benefits of it had been realized in other jurisdictions.
Last week, during an Ask the Ministers event, Health Minister Richard Renouf said that Jersey had to move with the ‘wider community’ and its ‘British family’ when making a decision on whether to legalize the use of adult-use cannabis.
Under Jersey law, cannabis can be prescribed for healthcare purposes. Deputy St Pier said: "As medicinal cannabis is imported, a proportion of that is going to the recreational market and as that continues it will become unsustainable. The same product is legal for medicinal purposes, but illegal for recreational purposes, and this will inevitably drive a re-evaluation of the way we look at cannabis. It is unnecessary to put resources into controlling the illegal market when the same product is legal for another use."
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