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Senior Guernsey politician calls for cannabis use to be decriminalised

Cannabis has been licensed for growth in Guernsey for use in health products which don't cause a high Photo: ITV News

One of Guernsey's most senior politicians has called for cannabis to be decriminalised.

Deputy Charles Parkinson says its use could be regulated, with people no longer sent to prison for possession - something he describes as 'a trivial offence'.

The intervention from the president of the Economic Development Committee comes as officials begin licensing the growth of cannabis plants for use in a range of products, including CBD oils, which don't give users a high.

But Deputy Parkinson, who describes himself as socially liberal, argues the time has come for Guernsey to follow a number of other countries and jurisdiction by decriminalising its use.

Deputy Charles Parkinson Credit: ITV News

I'm socially liberal on pretty much every issue and I think criminalising recreational use of cannabis is probably serving no use. It's filling our prisons with people whose lives are to some extent ruined for what seems to be to be a pretty trivial offence. I would prefer to see even recreational cannabis regulated and licensed for productions and consumption in Guernsey, obviously not the point where the strength of the product gets into dangerous territory and you have serious health concerns.

– Deputy Charles Parkinson