Guernsey debates 2022 cannabis legalization

The government on the channel island of Guernsey is reportedly set to debate the potential legalization of cannabis in 2022 following previous moves to reform policy on the drug.

This most recent call to action was put forward by Deputy Marc Leadbeater, following his resignation from the Committee for Home Affairs. Mr. Leadbeater has proposed a political petition on the issue, which, if put forward by seven States members, would go before the States of Guernsey for consideration.

Guernsey’s government began issuing licenses for medical cannabis cultivation and specialist prescribers were permitted to begin prescribing cannabis-based medicines back in 2019. However, cultivators were only officially given the green light to start growing cannabis back in July this year.

Nonetheless, cannabis remains a Class B drug on the crown dependency island, meaning that the cultivation, sale, import, and supply of the drug outside of these exceptions is still restricted. 

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