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Could Guernsey's drug laws get a major overhaul?

Guernsey's Chief Minister wants to see the island's drug laws debated during this political term Credit: Andreas Arnold DPA/PA Images

Guernsey's Chief Minister wants to see the island's drug laws debated during this political term.

Deputy Gavin St Pier says Guernsey has spent decades treating illegal drug use as a criminal issue rather than a health problem.

His message came in response to a question put to him by a sixth form student from Guernsey Grammar School.

Earlier this week, pupils quizzed politicians in a forum designed to engage young people about the workings of the government.

I think that the policy of prohibition which we've had in our society for the last 50 or 60 years, which ensures that we do end up locking up people for possession, I'm not convinced that it's necessarily been effective in achieving it's objectives.

– Guernsey's Chief Minister: Deputy Gavin St Pier

The President of Guernsey's Home Affairs Committee says their tough stance on drugs is necessary for the island, and says debating the law is not a priority.

Guernsey has historically taken a deliberately tough stance on drugs, as a means of not only discouraging their use but also to act as a deterrent to those who may seek to try and import drugs into the island.

Being a small island increases the need for such a stance.

– Deputy Mary Lowe, President of Guernsey's Home Affairs Committee